I'm anxiously awaiting a sample of pisco from Todd Leopold, whose Denver distillery makes a pisco that won some awards last year and which is about to hit the California market (as well as a couple of selected others) within the next couple of months. This is also, BTW, the base with which he makes his unique absinthe.
I've been ordering it on the net from Peru, with shipping times and charges that make it a rare and exotic treat. I'd drink a lot more of it if I knew of viable domestic brands. I have high hopes for the Leopold.
Anybody know of other domestics?
I don't think you'll be disappointed. Leopold's Pisco (Style American Brandy) is perhaps the best I've ever had, and my collection includes several that have been purchased in Peru and were sold as fine 'sipping' Piscos. I still have about 1 oz remaining from one of several bottles of the Leopold that I bought back in '06 direct from their former Ann Arbor location (along with a bottle of their gin that is for some reason labeled 'Lemon Flavored Brandy'...I'm sure Todd had a good reason). I've been bugging them about twice a year by e-mail to see when the Pisco will be available again, because I refuse to kill the bottle until I'm assured of a future supply. It is amazingly floral, sweet and strong (90 proof) but delicate.
eta: Clarified the name of the product...the bottle I have is clearly marked 'Pisco Style' American Brandy.
eta2: Not domestic, but I wanted to throw in a plug for Montesierpe. It's a very funky pisco that makes a unique sour and is very enjoyable in applications like slings & punches. BevMo in CA carries it, and it's quite reasonably priced.
Edited by KD1191, 26 August 2009 - 08:19 PM.
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