This acholado (blended) pisco made by Lizzie and Melanie Asher, Peruvian sisters living in the US, is wonderfully layered and balanced. With the help of their 90-year-old grandmother in blending, and a co-op of women farmers supplying grapes, they’ve created a pisco worthy of its name: La Diablada is a South American dance in which a cast of devils and angels battle it out. Each of the varieties in the blend (quebranta, torontel, moscatel and italia) take their turn on the dance floor, a little plum, some blossom scents, then blueberries, herbs and briny flavors weaving together in a wonderfully layered performance.
Macchu Pisco, Bethesda, MD
This story appears in the print issue of February 2014.
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