Tasting Notes: Pisco

7 great bottles for your home bar

The strict regulations on Pisco production in Peru make for a uniquely flavored end product: the juice of eight different grapes must be distilled in an old-fashioned, gourd-shaped copper alembic or potlike falca, which conserves many interesting flavors that a tall, modern column still would remove. The results are exuberant in any style: single-varietal puro; acholado, a blend; or mosto verde, a sweet pisco. Here are 7 of our favorite bottles.

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Pisco Portón
A mosto verde, this pisco delivers weight and a velvety mouthfeel along with hints of flowers, tropical fruit, and baking spices. ($35; 750 ml; arlingtonwine.net)Ingalls Photography
Viñas de Oro Mosto Verde Italia
Notes of jasmine, geranium and rose, along with ripe fruit, characterize this mosto verde pisco made with italia grapes. ($46; 750 ml; finewineandgoodspirits.com)Ingalls Photography
Campo de Encanto Grand & Noble
An acholado (blend) of four grapes, this pisco serves up lemon, peach, nuts, and honey-suckle flavors with a tangy, pine needle finish. ($42; 750 ml; dandm.com)Ingalls Photography
Macchu Pisco
Textured like butter, this puro made from the grape quebranta offers almond, citrus, and wine grape aromatics with a subtle herbal and grassy finish. ($30; 750 ml; garnetwine.com)Ingalls Photography
BarSol Supremo Mosto Verde Italia
Rich and round, this bottle has distinct fragrant pear notes, along with hints of citrus and flowers. ($36; 750 ml; moraswines.com)Ingalls Photography
Pisco 100 Acholado
Aromatics of pine tree and black pepper meet orange blossom, fruit, and forest floor flavors. ($39; 750 ml; zachys.com)Ingalls Photography
Macchu Pisco 
La Diablada
A bartender favorite for its jasmine, elderflower, and rose florals balanced by ripe melon and tangy lime. ($40; 750 ml; astorwines.com)Ingalls Photography