Countries of origin: Peru, Chile
This fiery, grappa-like spirit is distilled from a variety of South American grapes. Many bartenders use oak-aged Chilean pisco, but the unoaked flavors and fruit-floral aromas of Peruvian pisco are especially appealing. Peruvian pisco is made in two styles: puro, distilled from a single grape variety, and acholado, a blend of two or more varieties.
Ocucaje Pure ($15): Piscos made from the Quebranta grape are robust and a good substitute for brandy in cocktails. This one has lemongrass and anise notes.
Recipe: Pisco Smash
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Barsol Italia ($20): With their floral scents and delicate fruit flavors, piscos made from the Italia grape are great in light, citrusy cocktails. This bottle shows elegant balance, with layers of tropical fruit flavors.
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