Santiago Queirolo Quebranta Pisco
Santiago Queirolo // Peru
This is a Peruvian pisco comprised of the quebranta grape exclusively, making this a "Puro" pisco,--a pisco made with one grape varietal. Santiago Queirolo was in Italian immigrant who settled in Peru and established a winery in 1880. They now make wines of all types including dessert and sparkling wines as well as their line of piscos.
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.
"This is a fairly neutral pisco (not too surprising as it is made with a non-aromatic grape varietal) with the aroma coming off like a mix between new make whiskey and a pisco. There's a slight musky aroma, but it is only a slight one. A fair amount of green herbs comes off the aroma as well. The pisco is medium-full on the palate and is more about green grape skins and just enough sweetness to round it off. The finish is bittersweet and very lightly nutty. Pleasant enough, though."