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Pisco tasting

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 15:16:47 -0300

Recently I've been drinking Pisco.  It started when I found a bottle of Bou
Barroeta 4 year old in the cupboard (someone had left it after a party).  When
I finished that, I found where to buy more (Falabella), but it was pretty
expensive (well, OK, not hugely), so I started looking out for other "fancy"

Currently I have:

 - Bou Barroeta 4 years aged
 - Bou Barroeta 3 years aged
 - Horcon Quemado 1 year aged
 - Alto del Carmen "envejecido"

ordered by price.  The Alto del Carmen is a weird dark brown - I suspect they
added caramel to make it look "older".

Anyway, today I decided to do a blind tasting.  Since they are different
colours I used a mask (a Lan Chile sleep mask!) and kept my eyes closed.
Pauli helped by labelling each glass with a coloured tag and handing me the
different glasses as required.

I tried each in turn, first smelling then tasting, and then did comparative

Although there were differences it was hard to fit everything together into a
single view of "better" or "worse".  I made notes, but again it's difficult to
find any structure in them.

At the end, I tried to rank them by what I thought might be price.  When I
cross checked against the actual makes, my ordering was:

 - Bou Barroeta 3 years aged
 - Alto del Carmen "envejecido"
 - Horcon Quemado 1 year aged
 - Bou Barroeta 4 years aged

The conclusion is pretty obvious: I don't have a clue.


My Brain Makes Things Taste Funny

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:06:01 -0300

I had some of the 4-year old last night.  It was delicious, and competely
different to the Horcon (which is kind of tasteless).

It oesn't matter that I know they all taste similar...


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