South American Brandy? Yes Please!

Some of our favorite brandies have come from South America, and we think it's our job, nay, our duty, to share them with you!
Apr 17, 2018
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    10 Highland Park 18 Year
    99
    Rich & Fruity
    Shudder to think that Highland Park 18 has only been with us since 1997. What were we drinking instead? With the highest of accolades awarded in the whisky world under their belt, one wonders what is their secret to success. The selection and creation of the casks has to be part of the recipe. Using both European and American oak, casks are built to their specifications and sent off to Jerez to be filled with Oloroso Sherry. Three years later, they get them back and the journey begins.
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    9 La Diablada Puro Moscatel Pisco
    96
    Floral & Herbal
    In addition to strict production regulations, Peruvian piscos are further categorized into aromatic or non-aromatic as well as puro (pure) or acholado (blend). This is a puro pisco meaning that this is the product of only one grape. In this case, it is the moscatel grape which is an aromatic grape. As of early 2016, this is now available in the US after only being sold in Peru.
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    8 Singani 63
    93
    Fruity & Floral
    Singani is a spirit that has been produced since 1530. It has its own DO (denomination of origin) and GI (geographical indication) and can only be produced in the Bolivian Andes. The grapes (of which only muscat of Alexandria can be used) must be planted at a minimum of 5250 feet (1600 meters). As Singani is not recognized as its own spirit category in most of the world, it can only be described as a brandy, but it is better to think of it as an eau-de-vie. This Singani is the first to be available in the United States and for that you can thank director, Steven Soderbergh and his blood, sweat, and tears (and money).
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    7 Pisco Mistral 46%
    93
    Fruity
    Mistral's Pisco is distilled from Pedro Jimenez and Muscat of Alexandria grapes in Chile's Elqui Valley. It is aged in American oak barrels and bottled at 92 proof.
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    6 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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    5 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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    4 Pisco Mistral Nobel
    91
    Woody
    Nobel is an extra-aged pisco expression from the Mistral distillery located in the Elqui Valley of Chile. It is aged in new American oak barrels and is named in honor of Gabriela Mistral, a Chilean recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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    3 BarSol Supremo Mosto Verde Italia Pisco
    91
    Oily & Earthy
    "Mosto Verde" ("green must" in Spanish) refers to the technique of distilling the wine before the fermentation is complete, with the aim of preserving the fresh, floral aromas of the grape. BarSol's flagship Pisco starts with 100% aromatic italia grapes fermented until the alcohol reached 3-5%, then distilled to the precise proof at which it is to be bottled (Peruvian Pisco may not be diluted with water).
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    2 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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    1 Kappa Pisco
    88
    Floral & Herbal
    The House of Marnier Lapostolle was originally founded in France and is most known for their Grand Marnier liqueur. In 1994, one of the family members expanded the business to Chile in the form of a winery, Casa Lapostolle. Kappa Pisco was introduced in 2011 and is the first clear spirit produced by the family. It's distilled using pink muscat (rosé) and muscat of Alexandria grapes grown in the Elqui Valley of northern Chile. The brand name comes from the Kappa Crucis Cluster or Jewel Box, regarded as one of the most visually striking star formations seen from the Southern Hemisphere.