About Pisco

About Pisco
Pisco is a famous brandy made in Peru and Chile; each country claims the beverage as its own. It is made from a variety of grapes, such as Muscat in both countries, as well as Quebranta and Mollar in Peru, and Torontel and Pedro Jimenez in Chile. The Quebranta grapes is used in most single-variety Pisco from Chile.

Although Peru produces much less Pisco than Chile, it exports a great deal more. Some versions are clear, while others have an amber, greenish hue; there are flavors of peach, coconut and pistachio and the finish is quite dry and earthy, comparable to a grappa in many cases.

Of course, most individuals know Pisco as the main ingredient in a Pisco sour cocktail, which includes egg whites, bitters, and lemon juice.

Top Picks for Pisco

Waqar Pisco
93 points
$36
Clear color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeyed apricots, honeysuckle, orange marmalade, and mineral oil with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of earth and pepper. A lovely, well balanced with good intensity that will pop in cocktails.
Santiago Queirolo Pisco Quebranta
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, sour cream and onion potato chip, and French bread with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length finish revealing notes of flower water, white chocolate orange, pepper, and minerals. A warming pisco for punches.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Pisco Capel Alto del Carmen
88 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Mild aromas and flavors of honey cake, suede, papaya custard, and pepper dust with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish conveying overtones of praline, minerals, and white pepper with light oak. A nice, warming pisco.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Santiago Queirolo Pisco Acholado
88 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Lively aromas and flavors of apricot pastry, buttercream, cucumber salad, and celery salt on potato with a supple, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy finish evoking touches of nougat, fig, and lemon pepper. A pleasant, easy drinking pisco that will be good in cocktails.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Pisco Capel Reservado
88 points
$21.99
Silvery straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of raisin scone, nougat, chocolate orange peels, and bbq potato chip with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of sweet cream, white blossoms, and vanilla nougat with light oak. A flavorful, elegantly styled pisco for sipping.
88 points $21.99
Pisco Capel Premium
87 points
$16.99
Clear color. Delicate aromas of peach pastry and almond cookie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, fig paste, dried citrus, pepper, and earth finish. A solid mixing pisco.
87 points $16.99
Santiago Queirolo Pisco Quebranta
86 points
$24.99
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, savory aromas of pickled green tomatoes, golden raisins, champagne vinaigrette, and dried banana and edamame with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length reduced orange, pickled melon rind and peppers, honey, and pepper finish. A fun, zesty, savory pisco with interesting salinity that will cover a lot of bases cocktail-wise.
86 points $24.99