Q. What is Pisco?
Pisco is a white spirit distilled from grapes and made in Peru. Although it may be new to many Americans, Peruvians have been crafting this spirit for over 300 years. Aromatic and complex, it has more flavor than a vodka and more subtlety than a tequila. It is recommended to be both enjoyed on its own and mixed in cocktails. The word "pisco" means "little bird" in the language of Peru's Quechua Indians and is the name of the Peruvian port from where the spirit was first exported.
By Peruvian law, there are certain requirements an alcoholic beverage must meet in order to legally be called pisco. Firstly, the spirit must be made from one or a blend of eight specific grape varietals grown in Peru. It must also be distilled to proof and no water, artificial flavoring, wood aging or additives may change the pure essence of the distillate.
Piscos are divided into three main categories – puro, acholado and mosto verde. A puro is made from only one type of grape while an acholado is made from a blend of grapes. The third classification, mosto verde, has to do with fermentation. Piscos in this category are made from grape juice that has not completely fermented and are generally regarded as the highest quality piscos.
Q. What is Mosto Verde?
Mosto verde is a method of making pisco from must (grape juice) that has not completely fermented. This serves to keep some of the natural grape sugars from converting their flavor into alcohol. The mosto verde method puts more flavor and aroma into every bottle and is known throughout Peru has an ultra-premium designation. Portón Pisco® is the first mosto verde pisco to be widely available in the United States.