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Where to find pisco

Xochitl10 Dec 10, 2003 03:04 PM

Does anyone know where in the area I can find pisco (Chilean brandy)? Packing claimed the only bottle we had, carried lovingly back from England because we couldn't find it here. Thanks!


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    chownut Dec 10, 2003 03:48 PM

    I remember finding Chilean pisco at Rodman's on Wisconsin Avenue, though I do not remember the brands available. Calvert-Woodley at Van Ness on Connecticut has some as well, but I think they stock Peruvian varieties more than Chilean. You can find a small selection of Chilean pisco at www.internetwines.com. Let us know if you find some small artesanal varieties in the area!

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    1. re: chownut
      zora Dec 10, 2003 07:00 PM

      I don't think Rodman's sells liquor, just wine and beer. Perhaps you were thinking of Paul's Liquor Store, across the street from Rodman's.

      I'd also call and check at Magruder's, Macarthur Beverages, Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor, all of which have a fairly good selection. Also check the Montgomery County store at the Cabin John shopping center at Seven Locks and Tuckerman Lane. They had a rather esoteric rye whiskey (Sazerac) that I was searching for that no one else carried, including the Bethesda county store. The Montgomery county liquor stores are lousy places to buy beer or wine--limited selection and much higher prices than in NoVA or the District, but they have surprisingly good prices on liquor. I always get Patron anejo tequila there--it's a lot cheaper than in DC.

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      merry Dec 11, 2003 08:39 AM

      I bought a bottle of pisco at Sherry's, on the corner of Connecticut and Calvert. According to my former roommate, who loves the stuff, the tiny liquor store across from the National Zoo also stocks it.

      Unfortunately, ever since she moved out, I have not been able to replicate her terrific pisco sour.

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        tbear Dec 11, 2003 11:48 AM

        I remember seeing it at Cairo Liquors in DuPont, a tiny store at the corner of 17th and Corcoran across from the Safeway. They had a few different brands IIR

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          Carlos Jan 15, 2004 10:20 PM

          You can find real Pisco at "The House of Wines" in Georgetown

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            Carlos Jan 15, 2004 10:21 PM

            By the way Pisco is Pisco it comes from peru, not chilean brandy, big difference.

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            1. re: Carlos
              bob1504 Jul 16, 2011 11:40 AM

              By the way, Pisco is Chilean. The Peruvian stuff is just inferior

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                mdpilam Jul 16, 2011 02:54 PM

                Wrong and wrong (though the last is a matter of opinion).

                Actually, my new favorite pisco is Campo de Encanto, which is actually American (http://www.encantopisco.com/), and I got Central Liquors to carry it, along with Ace Beverage.

                I know this thread is old, but here's another if anyone stumbles across this:

                1. re: mdpilam
                  Joseluis Jan 24, 2012 07:30 AM

                  Carlos and Bob. You both are wrong.
                  Pisco is brandy that is made in Peru and Chile. If Pisco is also made inthe US that is not wrong. Just like beer or wine or wiskey, these products can be made in many countries and the process to make them can be different but as long as the main ingredients are used the final product is the same. Chilean pisco has added water and it is aged in wood barrils. Peruvian Pisco does not have water added and is made in glass or copper containlers. All piscos Chilean pisco, Peruvian Pisco and pisco made in the USA are American since Peru, Chile and USA are part of teh American continent.. Carlos, I tried Chilean pisco and it is good but different not supperior or inferior of Peruvian pisco. Bob, I woudlike to try the Pisco you mentioned, where did you get it?

                  1. re: Joseluis
                    mdpilam Jan 24, 2012 08:55 AM

                    Not sure if you meant me, but the pisco that I've found to be the best, and I've tried a number is the Campo de Encanto, which I mentioned I initially got from Ace Beverage, and also convinced Central Liquors to carry a few bottles.

                    1. re: mdpilam
                      Joseluis Jan 24, 2012 09:29 AM


                      yes I meant you and Bob. Sorry.
                      I went to their webpage and I was not sure I understood. They stated that the Campo Encantado pisco is imported from Peru but they make their own? Do you know?

                      1. re: Joseluis
                        mdpilam Jan 24, 2012 11:06 AM

                        I think I misstated in my first post. Campo de Encanto is made in Peru, and was started by a SF bartender and sommelier together with a distiller in Peru. It is imported into the States by Haas Brothers of SF.

                        1. re: mdpilam
                          Joseluis Jan 26, 2012 08:12 AM

                          No problem,

                          did you make pisco sour with Campo de Encanto? or drink it neat?
                          I will order a bottle to try it...


                          1. re: Joseluis
                            mdpilam Jan 26, 2012 08:44 AM

                            Actually, my drink that I enjoy with pisco (I call it the Americano) is pisco, club soda over rocks with lime.

                2. re: bob1504
                  azapatel Sep 2, 2011 06:01 PM

                  dude if you really think that is because your taste buds have a genetic disorder. even chileans recognize that peruvian pisco is superior.anyways..

                3. re: Carlos
                  Joseluis Jan 24, 2012 09:36 AM

                  Carlos, Pisco falls within the category of Brandy because it s made with the same general process as any brandy and by defintion a brandy. There are numerous types of brandys and the most known is cognac another is grappa but there are more brandys made in many countries.

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                  kathleen440 Jan 24, 2012 09:56 AM

                  I can't imagine that Modern Liquors at 9th and M wouldn't have it, though it's probably Peruvian. ACE Beverage up on New Mexico Ave. is also worth a look, and they can order it for you even if it's not something they regularly stock.

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