pisco

Pronunciation: [PEE-skoh]

A clear to pale straw-colored, potent South American brandy that dates back to the Incas. Piscos are produced primarily in Peru and Chile and most are made from a 100 percent muscat-based wine, although some are produced from a blend of grapes. They're briefly aged in clay jars and have a spicy, exotic flavor (often compared to that of beeswax) with orange blossom overtones.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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