Peruvian Pisco Grapes: Acholado vs. Quebranta
Since PiscoLogía Pisco Quebranta hit the shelves in the USA last October, many people have asked us to explain the differences between Acholado and Quebranta. Let’s talk about what “Quebranta” means and how it compares to PiscoLogía Pisco Acholado.
Remember, Peruvian pisco is a clear brandy made from 100% grapes (it’s a distilled fine wine). Quebranta is a variety of grape used to make Peruvian pisco, just like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are types of wine grapes. In Peru, there are 8 grapes used in pisco production: Quebranta, Negra Criolla, Mollar, Uvina (non-aromatic) and Italia, Torontel, Moscatel, and Albilla (aromatic).
Acholado pisco is made from a blend of grapes or a blend of piscos. Nati, our master distiller, makes a perfect concoction of Quebranta and Italia grapes to create an Acholado that can be both mixable in cocktails or enjoyed neat.
Here is a chart to compare the two:
|PiscoLogía Acholado||PiscoLogía Quebranta|
|Aromas||Pecan and orange blossom||Grassy, herbal, sweet caramelized banana|
|Flavors||Balanced, matured dried currant and bananas||Toasted almonds, pecans and tart green apples|
|Pairing Recommendation:||Semi-sweet chocolate||Camembert and apples|
|Mix it in this cocktail:||“Eggs Benedictine”
2 oz PiscoLogía Acholado
1 oz Pineapple Syrup
1 oz Lime
1/2 oz Benedictine
Fresh grated nutmeg (garnish)
Serve on the rocks
|“Grape on Grape on Grape”
2 oz PiscoLogía Quebranta
.5 oz Manzanilla Sherry
.5 oz Punte E Mes Sweet Vermouth