Millenia ago, Spanish missionaries planted the Muscat of Alexandria grape a mile high in the Bolivian Andes. When the grapes matured at a high altitude, their skins thickened, creating a unique flavor during the distillation process. Bolivians called the spirit Singani and embraced it as a national spirit, but kept it from the rest of the world until filmmaker Steven Soderbergh discovered it while filming the movie Che. He quickly fell in love with the brandy and made it a personal goal to bring it to a wider audience.
Grown at high altitude (above 5200 ft) in the Bolivian Andes of Tarija and distilled by the 4th generation distillers of Casa Real, Singani63 is unique among spirits to be given both a DO (Designation of Origin) and a GI (Geographical Indication).
Singani63 (80 proof)
Nose: Musky grape distillate. Fruit forward and slightly grassy.
Taste: Very smooth entry, followed by a heavy grape flavor that slowly dissolves into a rather tannic closing. The body is light and yet rich with character.
Finish: Medium-long with a grape skin and seed finale.
Overall: If you’e had Cachaça and Pisco, you’ll make quick friends with Singani. A versatile and friendly spirit that will work as an intriguing substitute in classic white spirit cocktails.
GSN Rating: A-
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