Campo de Encanto Barkeep's Whimsy Pisco
Campo de Encanto // Ica Valley, Peru
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.
PiscoBrandy distilled from grapes and produced in either Peru or Chile. In Peru, there are eight allowable grapes and in Chile, there are three. Peruvian Pisco is distilled only once in a pot-still and no wood aging is allowed. Peruvian pisco cannot have any alterations including dilution. Chilean pisco can be distilled multiple times, can be aged, and can be diluted prior to bottling.
"Enanto's Barkeep's Whimsy was designed to bring the aromatic torontel grape to the fore. It certainly succeeds on that score; it's an intensely aromatic pisco, with notes of citrus peel and coriander seed. It's very bright on the palate, a touch less sweet than Encanto's standard release, and quite fruity. Bartenders will indeed have fun playing with those aromatic notes in cocktails, where this pisco will be a delight. Barkeep's whimsy is a welcome addition to the pisco landscape in the United States. "