Distilled in Chile and Peru — where the definition of what is “real” pisco remains a national preoccupation on both sides — pisco is grape brandy that, unlike French brandies, is unaged (or aged very little), and generally used in cocktails.
Gran Sierpe is Peruvian pisco, and the company makes three varieties, using three different grapes or grape blends.
We got a look at Gran Sierpe’s Quebranta Grape Pisco, which is made with quebranta grapes — probably the only time you’ll ever consume anything made with them.
Quebranta grapes are mild and non-aromatic, and this pisco is also on the easygoing side. The nose is mild and charcoalish, the body reminiscent of a lighter style of grappa or, even more intriguingly, cachaca. It’s smooth, with only a minimal, rubber-like finish. I’d be curious to try this pisco as a substitute in a caipirinha, just to see what happened. It’s not really designed for drinking straight, but it isn’t bad served this way.
By the way, if anyone can clue us in on what the object on the label is supposed to be, we’re all ears. By common consensus here it is believed to be a Transformer head. (Update: Got it, thanks.)
B+ / $39