What is Pisco?

Pisco is a type of brandy distilled from grapes grown in the warm and sunny regions of Peru. It was first produced in the Pisco province of Peru in the 16th century, located three hundred kilometres south of Lima. It is the favourable soils and mild climate of the Ica Valley made an ideal home for the wineries.
Pisco is considered amongst the leading spirit of the world due to its low level of impurities.
The flavour is very smooth and has a deceptive almost non-alcoholic taste. Pisco can either be enjoyed straight or used in mixed drinks, one of the best known being the Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink.

There are mainly 4 different types of pisco:

• Pisco Puro is made only from the non-aromatic, black Quebranta grape. This variety is mainly used in mixed drinks as it is quite dry.

• Pisco Acholado is the result of two varieties of grapes usually the Italia and Quebranta grapes being blended. This variety is very popular due to its sweet odour and flavour and the immediate “kick", which can be felt after drinking.

• Pisco Aromático is made from either the Muscat , Italia, Moscatel or Torontel grapes. It has an intensely fruity aroma.

• Pisco Mosto Verde is the most expensive of all Piscos to produce. This variety is made from grape juice, which has not been allowed to ferment completely and therefore still has some sugar content. It has a sophisticated velvety palate and texture.

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