Pisco 

Grape brandy made from aromatic varieties produced in both Chile and Peru. Many different types of Muscat are used, the classic floral and musky notes of Pisco and very different to other grape brandies.They are very different spirits and are each regulated by their own country. 

Peruvian Pisco 

Raw Material

  • 8 approved grape varieties 

  • 4 aromatic  whites grapes and 4 non-aromatic red grapes 

Processing the raw material + fermentation

  • sometimes macerated on skins to enhance the aromas in the wine 

Distillation

  • pot stills 

  • low strength spirit 38-48%abv

Post distillation

  • rested for 3months in invert vessels 

  • wood ageing is not permitted 

  • nothing can be added to the spirit

  • no dilution with water 

Styles 

Pisco Puro 

  • single grape variety 

  • variety will appear on the label

Acholado 

  • blend of varieties 

Mosto Verde 

  • fermentation is halted before all sugars have been turned into alcohol

  • more complex and intense

Chilean Pisco 

Raw materials 

  • 11 permitted varieties 

  • aromatic varieties dominate 

  • many are different to the ones used in Peru

Processing the raw material + fermentation

  • sometimes macerated on skins to enhance the aromas in the wine 

Distillation

  • pot stills 

  • maximum of 73%abv 

Post distillation

  • rested for 60 days 

  • wood vessels can be used 

  • Rauli, local wood often used 

  • some are aged for a 1yr or more 

  • diluted with water before bottling 

Styles 

  • Corriente/Tradicionel - min 30%abv

  • Especial - min 35%abv

  • Reservado - min 40%abv 

  • Gran - min 43%abv

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