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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Oct 8, 2020

In this fascinating conversation and tasting with Melanie Asher of Macchu Pisco, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Melanie’s journey as an entrepreneur - from hustling flowers in Peru at the age of 6, to mergers and acquisitions for international spirits companies, to founding her own Pisco brand.
  • How Pisco is unique from other un-aged fruit brandies from around the world, including which grapes can be used to make it and what other production considerations are required by the category’s geographical denomination of origin.
  • Then we get into the tasting, where we sample Macchu Pisco’s premium base expression, as well as 3 different varieties from the “La Diablada” collection, a custom blend made for the Founding Farmers restaurant group, and wrapping up with a pour of Ñusta - an ultra premium bottling that only gets produced in the order of about 100 bottles per year.
  • Along the way, we talk about what it takes to run a spirits brand, how Melanie thinks about blending in the un-aged spirits space, what to drink with Keanu Reeves, and much, much more.