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Pisco Porton Review

pisco portonPisco Porton is a new brand of Pisco that’s set to be released to the U.S. market in April 2011. It’s crafted by Master Distiller Johnny Schuler at Hacienda la Caravedo in Ica, Peru.

Pisco Porton is made from a blend of Quebranta, Torontel and Albilla grapes. It’s a mosto verde pisco, which means that it’s distilled from grape juice that has not completely fermented into alcohol. This is an expensive process, as it yields less pisco per batch, but it helps maintain the original essence of the grape.

At first whiff, Pisco Porton is very earthy – almost musty – with a background of fermented fruit. Take a sip, and the pisco unlocks some sweetness and more fruit. It has a rich and silky mouthfeel, with a mildly dry finish. The pisco is rested five to eight months before bottling and has a young spirit quality that’s more rustic than harsh.

Overall, it’s interesting and quite good. Like most piscos available today, it will likely find its mark as a mixer in cocktails rather than a straight sipper. But with its strong flavor backbone, it works in more than just a pisco sour (though by all means, use it in a pisco sour). Try subbing Porton in place of other spirits–like swapping it for gin in a Tom Collins–for a smooth, refreshing cocktail.

Stats:
– 43% Alcohol by Volume
– Price: $40

CE Rating: ★★★★

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Written by Kevin Gray

5 Comments

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  2. Donna Morris · January 31, 2011

    Aswome, can’t wait till it gets to the USA….

  3. Gomez · March 7, 2011

    Steamboat willies in palatka, Florida can’t wait till this comes out!

  4. Quetulin · May 9, 2011

    It sounds good, Johnny knows about pisco.
    In USA there several piscos, some good some bad.
    I have tried one that is exellent is an acholado type, with a smooth and silky mouthfill, with tropical fruits note a a soft finish, very earthy and a nose that intices you drink it.
    The name is INCA GOLD PISCO from Ica, Peru.
    I think with Porton will be a great duo to have and offer.

  5. Dina · November 4, 2012

    Pisco Porton is a brandy that tastes like a very smooth tequila. I have tried it with lemonade. Great drink with a good hit. The effects are very different than tequils. I really enjoy it.

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