About South American Spirits from Chile

About South American Spirits from Chile
Chile's claim to fame as far as spirits is Pisco, a brandy made from grapes such as Torontel and Pedro Jimenez. Sometimes clear, sometimes greenish in appearance, it is most famously known for its use in the Pisco Sour cocktail, enjoyed by multitudes of tourists in Santiago. There are also clear versions of Gran Pisco, a brandy made from Muscat d'Alexandria grapes and aged in oak casks. This is a flavorful, but mild type of brandy. There are a few cooperative producers in Chile that produce rum as well as pisco. A small amount of liqueur is also made from ancho chiles. These are used in cocktails in place of rum or orange-flavored spirits.

Top Picks for Chile

South American Spirits

Catan Pisco Reserve
89 points
Clear color. Pure aromas of peaches in honey, magnolia, and ripe melon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long orange blossom water, rose water cookies, and tangerine zest finish. A delicate, fruity and floral Pisco with a silky-smooth gentle finish; excellent for stirred cocktails and sipping neat.
89 points $34.99
Black Heron Smoked Gran Pisco Brandy
84 points
Amber color. Aromas of toasted multigrain bread with apricot jam, yellow flowers, golden raisin and dried mango, and nutmeg dust with a silky, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium toasted nuts in orange oil, coriander, curry leaf, and black tea finish. A unique and herbal style of Pisco that would be good for Whiskey drinkers.