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 angostura and lemon juice.

Top Picks for Pisco

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
Suyo Single-Origin Pisco
85 points
Clear color. Aromas of pressed flowers, fruit cup, cucumber agua fresca, and banana with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, carefree pear jam, hints of dried cherry, and malt finish. A silky smooth pisco for effortless cocktails.
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.