Our Favorite Piscos for Pisco Sours

Pisco sours are a favorite cocktail around these parts, and you can't go wrong using any of these piscos in your cocktails!
Jul 14, 2016
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    10 Cognac Dudognon Heritage
    99
    Rancio & Fruity
    Dudognon is a grower-producer cognac house with the family having grown grapes on their estate since 1776 in what is now known as the Grande Champagne region. This Heritage bottling is aged up to 40 years in cask, but remains somewhat translucent which is attributed in large part by the fact that zero additives are used. No boisé, no caramel, and no sugar syrup is used; a rarity in the world of cognac today.
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    9 Control C Original Pisco
    84
    Fruity
    Control C is an unaged Chilean pisco produced by Pedro Jimenez using Moscatel grapes from the Limari Valley, a wine region north of Santiago. Distillation occurs over three runs in copper pot stills, separating the heart of the spirit for bottling.
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    8 Macchu Pisco
    85
    Fruity & Tart
    Macchu Pisco is distilled in copper pot stills using only non-aromatic quebranta grapes. Aged for from 3 months to up to a year in non-wood containers before bottling. Approximately 10 pounds of grapes go into making each bottle of Macchu Pisco.
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    7 Pisco 100 Acholado
    87
    Earthy & Herbal
    Pisco 100 is an acholado, which means a blend of grape varieties. Each bottle is the ultmate result of eighteen pounds of quebranta, italia, and torontel grapes which are stomped on by foot to release the juice that will be fermented and distilled into the final product.
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    6 Santiago Queirolo Acholado Pisco
    87
    Rich
    This Acholado (or blend) pisco is comprised of four grapes: italia, muscatel, quebranta, and negra criolla. All of the grapes, with the exception of the negra criolla, are aromatic grapes, which is exactly what they sound like: grapes which provide a fragrant aroma, particularly with floral and fruity notes.
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    5 La Diablada Pisco
    87
    Fruity & Sweet
    A blend of three grapes (both aromatic and non-aromatic), this acholado pisco is made from the first pressing of the three varietals (italia, moscatel and quebranta). Each bottle of La Diablada Pisco contains approximately 18 pounds of grapes. While this could be used in cocktails, La Diablada really shines as a sipping pisco.
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    4 Caravedo Pisco Puro Quebranta
    88
    Fruity
    This Caravedo is a pisco puro, which means that it is made with only one grape from the allowed eight in the production of Peruvian pisco. In this case, they use the quebranta grape. Quebranta is a non-aromatic varietal so the fruit notes that you find will be minimal. As it the case with all Peruvian piscos, this is distilled to proof without any water added at any point. This was launched in the U.S. in May 2015.
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    3 BarSol Acholado Pisco
    89
    Floral & Fruity
    An acholado is a blend of different varieties, in this case mostly quebranta grapes (approx. 70%) with some of the aromatic italia and torontel grapes (both Muscat clones). BarSol Selecto Acholado Pisco is bottled at 41.3% ABV.
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    2 Campo de Encanto Barkeep's Whimsy Pisco
    93
    Fruity
    Campo de Encanto's "Barkeep's Whimsy" developed out of the company's Distiller's Apprentice program, which brings bartenders to Ica, Peru to learn about pisco. This expression inverts the recipe for their Grand and Noble pisco (torontel, quebranta, moscatel, mollar, and italia grapes) to bring the torontel grape to prominence. It is distilled one time with nothing added.
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    1 Campo de Encanto Grand and Noble Pisco
    93
    Floral
    Translated as "Field of Enchantment," Campo de Encanto Grand and Noble is a pisco from Peru. It is an acholado style pisco, meaning it is made of a blend of eau de vies from different grapes; five different grapes, in this case. Campo de Encanto is distilled only one time, with no water or sugar added.