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Nov 1, 2013 07:55 PM


What is a good Pisco for making a Pisco sour or other cocktails

There are so many different variations I would prefer a jack of all trades if possible

Hi Time Wines has a decent selection and I know Quebranta is traditionally the Pisco sour grape, but a bit smoother pisco to go in other cocktails would be nice if it can pull double duty

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  1. Macchu Pisco from Peru are my favorites. The have Macchu Pisco, a pure Quebranta and very smooth and subtle. Quebranta pisco are not as aromatic as the blends, but good for cocktails. A blend of several grapes called La Diablada is a fantastic premium pisco at a decent price. then there is their Nusta, a special reserve that's for sipping. Too expensive to use for cocktails.

    Chilean pisco varies a lot more. They have different regulations, and do some interesting aging, but they lose a lot of the fruit from sitting in the barrel.

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    1. re: JMF

      Both of those are recommended in PDT as well, I will be out in Cali soon, perhaps I will stop in Total Wine to see if I can snag a bottle of the la diablada, it looks like they carry it but not in AZ, and Cask sells it so they distribute to Cali

      What happened to the Campo de Encanto - that was one of the Pisco's on my radar for my next trip out to CA but wasn't sure if that was all marketing or a good product, I had thought they won some awards

      1. re: Dapuma

        I've had the Campo de Encanto several times, but a few years ago. I can't remember what it was like. I remember it was good, but no details.

        I finally gave up and stopped taking notes around 3 years ago. I was going to 2-3 events a day, 5-6 days a week for around six+ months and lost a month or two. The past year I don't go to many events anymore. They have to be quite spectacular to get me excited. Even free tix for whiskyfest and whisky live don't grab me and I blew off both this year.

        1. re: Dapuma

          I bought a bottle of Encanto in NYC and I can't say that it's worth the nearly double price point of Macchu Pisco.

          1. re: Dapuma

            D, Tops in Tempe carries Campo de Encanto. Can't recall which label(s) though.

            1. re: BillB656

              Bill: Interesting, I didn't think they had distribution here because bevmo carries it it but would not send it here

              I thought Macchu was ~ 40 and Encanto was bout 35-40 as well - If the Macchu is much better I can hold off it is not urgent that I add Pisco to the stockpile

              Just added batavia arrack 5 banks and ED 15/21 with my MSU v U of M winnings :)

              1. re: Dapuma

                Knowing Tops, the bottle could be many years old. ;-) I had one in my hands a few days ago there.