Following a record-setting Chairman’s Trophy Award at the annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge earlier this month, Pisco Porton®, the flavorful and full-bodied ultra-premium white spirit from Peru, was just awarded Double Gold at the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition. These consecutive acknowledgments reinforce the remarkable strides Pisco Porton has made for the category overall as well as the individual success of the brand, which was launched just last year by pisco aficionado and expert Johnny Schuler.
“Pisco has been my passion and my life for many years. I’ve spent most of the last two decades intimately involved with producing, tasting and certifying every pisco produced in Peru,” says Master Distiller Johnny Schuler. “The culmination of my life’s efforts is Pisco Porton and its recent accolades are deeply gratifying.”
The world’s foremost authority on pisco, Johnny Schuler is widely credited for restoring Peru’s pride in its native spirit. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by Peru’s Congress for his work as an ambassador to the spirit, travelling extensively around the world educating industry professionals and the public alike about the culture, heritage and craftsmanship that makes pisco so unique. In 2009, Mr. Schuler embarked with Brent and William Kallop on a journey to bring the first premium pisco to the United States and after two years of testing and perfecting, Pisco Porton was introduced.
This recent recognition is a true testament to Johnny Schuler’s efforts to bring Peruvian pisco to the U.S. and, in doing so, raise the status of Peru’s National spirit. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the oldest, largest and most established spirits competition and this year 1,200 spirits brands competed for the ultimate titles in each category. The judging panel is comprised of thirty-three highly respected experts within the spirits industry that represent some of the finest palates in the world.
“In addition to giving awards, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is an important indicator of trends in the industry,” says one of the judges, Geoffrey Kleinman of DrinkSpirits.com. “Pisco is an incredible spirit that is just beginning to be discovered here in the U.S. and its emergence was certainly evident in this year’s results. In a very competitive panel of pisco, Pisco Porton stood out as one of the best and received the extremely prestigious Double Gold Medal, the top accolade that designates the best of the best in a category.”
About Pisco Porton
Pisco Porton® is an ultra-premium white spirit that is versatile in cocktails and offers complexity with a delicate finish when savored on its own. Born from grapes that grow in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Pisco Porton® is artisanally crafted at Hacienda La Caravedo distillery in Ica, Peru. Building on the heritage and traditions of this distillery, which was founded in 1684 and is the oldest in the Americas, Pisco Porton® combines centuries-old methods with state-of-the-art and eco-friendly technology to create a mosto verde pisco of unmatched quality.
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