If there’s one thing you must try, it’s a pisco tasting at the Museo del Pisco. The name is a bit of a misnomer, the place isn’t really that much of a museum and more of just a bar. If you’ve never had pisco, this is a good place to become educated in the national beverage. The menu boasts an overwhelming amount of pisco – much like a wine or whiskey list. I decided since I knew absolutely nothing about pisco, I went with the tasting (40 soles for one, 60 soles for two).
Now in the US, tastings usually come with 4 or 5 glasses and you sample a bunch of different types of beer, liquor, whatever. When I ordered the tasting, little did I know it would come with a personal pisco sommelier. My sommelier’s name was Sergui, a clean cut, well groomed/dressed Russian guy who gave me the complete rundown of pisco. He was amazingly thorough, especially after my response to his question “What experience do you have with pisco?” was “I’ve had some pisco sours in college…” He was extremely passionate about the liquor and clearly loved his work and answering questions, which made the experience that much more enjoyable.
Even if you don’t want to try it (because that s**t is strong), the Museo del Pisco has a variety of other beverages, a fun vibe, with good live music (to my delight they played Pearl Jam’s Even Flow during my tasting) and a friendly staff. This is a highly recommended visit.
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