We are very excited to be carrying Chilean Pisco here at Puro Wine, and to be able to share it's rich tradition and uniqueness with you!
What is Pisco?
Chilean Pisco is a distilled liquor made primarily from the Muscat grapes grown in the North of Chile in the Atacama, or Coquimbo desert. The liquor has a very rich tradition in Chile, and some say the word 'Pisco' means bird in the indigenous Quechua language.
What does it look like?
Chilean Pisco can vary from completely clear to an amber colored liquid. This wide color variance comes from the presence or absence of oak in the aging process of the Pisco. As with wine, the longer the juice stays in contact with the oak barrel, the darker the color and aroma will be.
What does it taste like?
The taste of Chilean Pisco varies according to the style it is made, however the taste of the terroir and the grape is always present. A clear, un-oaked Pisco will have impressive brightness and cleanness, its nose highlights floral notes, white fruits, water pear and taste of strawberry. The distilled and aged Pisco will have a darker, smokier flavor combining the fresh floral notes of the grape, with the darker and heavier aroma of the oak it is aged in.
How should it be enjoyed?
Chilean Pisco can be enjoyed an infinite number of ways. One of the most common in Chile is a 'Piscola' which is a Pisco and Coke with lemon on the rocks, but there are many complex cocktails that highlight the flavors in the Pisco in different ways. A Pisco sour is another very popular cocktail, and is made with Chilean Pisco, fresh lime juice, egg whites and sugar. It is a refreshing summer beverage with a bit of a bite, but a nice frothy and bright flavor. Check back for a list of custom Pisco cocktail recipes shortly.