post-title Pisco – pride of Chile, or Peru??

Pisco – pride of Chile, or Peru??

Pisco – pride of Chile, or Peru??

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So I was innocently crossing the border from Chile into Peru yesterday. Quite impressive was the brand new xray machine on the Peruvian side for our baggage, a big step up from the disinterested sniffer dog which they used to drag past the bus. With nothing to hide though I happily put my gear through it, but to my surprise I was stopped by a fierce looking customs officer. “Do you have alcohol in your bag sir?” he asked. “Yes” I replied, “just a small bottle of pisco though”. He then pointed up to a list of new rules for entry into Peru from Chile ‘ “Rule number 6: up to 3 litres of any spirit can be brought into the country, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CHILEAN PISCO”. I dutifully gave my bottle up, I’m sure someone will enjoy it…

The problem is this. Pisco (as I understand it) originally came from Peru, from the town bearing the same name just to the south of Lima. It was a small industry, just providing for consumption in Peru, and a firm favourite amongst visitors with the fiery Pisco Sour. Some bright sparks in Chile however, took the drink and decided to commercialise it across the world. They made a few quid from this, but more importantly to Peru, led many to believe that Pisco was originally a Chilean drink. That’s like saying whiskey was invented by Jack Daniels…

So if you do come to Peru, a sure fire way to make friends immediately is to tell them that you believe the original (and best) pisco comes from Peru!

Click here to find out more about our andean expedition – trekking, climbing, biking, rafting, and perhaps the odd pisco sour here and there…