About South American Spirits

The South American spirits category includes cachaça, pisco, aguardiente and other spirits indigenous to South America.

Pisco is a grape based spirit originating in the grape growing regions of Peru, and Chile. Essentially pisco is a pomace brandy and is distilled from the leftover pomace, or solid remains, leftover after grapes are pressed during the winemaking process. The term "pisco" is recognized as an appellation throughout the world and is reserved for these grape based spirits of Peru and Chile.

Cachaça is a sugar cane based spirit originating in Brazil. Similar to Pisco, the term cachaça is recognized as an appellation reserved for these Brazilian spirits. Although similar in style to rum, these spirits are not to be confused. Cachaça is distilled only from fresh sugar cane juice, like agricole rhum, not molasses like most rums on the market,; it is commonly produced as either unaged or wood-aged.

Top Picks for South American Spirits

Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça
95 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of black olive tapenade, dried grasses, grilled tomato, raisin toast, and ripe papaya with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, long finish conveying elements of salty pao de queijo, black bean spread, and grilled pineapple finish. A round and supple Cachaca with extroverted vegetal notes and exceptional texture; for spirits connoisseurs and fine cocktails.
95 points $29.99
Pitú Vitoriosa Wood Aged Cachaça
92 points
$120
Dark amber color. Aromas of cherries jubilee, rick house, root beer, straw, black tea, and orange sorbet with a satiny, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cedar, incense, raisin bread, and cardamom finish. A wood-centric Cachaça with sweet vanilla notes; try in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan style cocktail.
Samanau Cachaça Envelhecida
92 points
$30
Golden amber color. Toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon pastry, cardamom, tonka beam, maple creme, shortbread, and dulce de leche with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish evoking notes of vanilla custard, lavender, coconut cream, and cashew finish. A creamy aged cachaça packed a spice cabinet of flavor; a great sipper with endless cocktail possibilities.
Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaça
90 points
$34.99
Bright gold color. Aromas of poached pear, cinnamon-vanilla, green apple, brown butter, honey-roasted sunflower seeds, and sprouted grain biscuits with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long bruleed tangerine and paprika finish. A toasty Cachaca with well-balanced oak; bright, craveable flavors will keep you coming back for another sip.
90 points $34.99
Pitú Gold Cachaça
89 points
$24
Gold color. Savory aromas of hoisin, mustard seed, grilled sweet plantain, sesame candies, honey, and cardamom with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long dressed bok choy, pineapple preserves, and pound cake finish. A savory and satisfying Wood Aged Cachaça for sipping and mixing.
Catan Pisco Reserve
89 points
$34.99
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
Suyo Single-Origin Pisco
85 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas of pressed flowers, fruit cup, cucumber agua fresca, and banana with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy pear jam, hints of dried cherry, and malt finish. A silky smooth pisco for effortless cocktails.