One of the first of the new wave of quality brands to show up from Peru back in 2005, BarSol has since expanded its portfolio to include eight brandies. The most interesting are the two Italia varieties: Selecto is distilled from grape must while the Mosto Verde is distilled from partially fermented must. It’s a yin-yang contrast, the Mosto Verde light and floral, a delicate pisco to enjoy neat; the Selecto, on the other hand, is spicy with nutmeg and clove, the deep sugar cane flavors suited to a Pisco Sour.
Selecto Italia Pisco, 40% abv; Mosto Verde Italia Pisco, 41%
Anchor Distilling Co.,
San Francisco, CA
$34 (Selecto Italia); $39 (Mosto Verde)
This story appears in the print issue of February 2014.
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