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21. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

A Quechua word meaning "little bird", but it's also...

a type of Peruvian brandy - very tasty stuff.

22. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

Pisco is a natural product originating from distilled fermented grape juice from selected grapes grown in the rich wine region of the Ica Valley - around the Pisco and Ica rivers - located three hundred kilometers south of Lima, the capital city of Peru.
The Spaniards brought a grape liquor that with the time was elaborated in Peru.  It was named "pisco", name that has three origins: means a Quechua word that translated to English means "bird" (Isidora, how do you know it?. The mud container was called "botija", where pisco was deposited. Pisco, city and name of a town that belongs to the Ica valley.The botija was a practical container that used in the elaboration of pisco and then to transport and keep it. In the botija the grape juice was fermented and distilled. Afterwards the pisco is stored in botijas. When the botijas are empty they stowed them face down, until being used again in the next vintage. 
All this shows that no other country can copy the Peruvian PISCO ;)

23. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting ppatti

(Isidora, how do you know it?.  
All this shows that no other country can copy the Peruvian PISCO ;)

Ancient Chinese secret, Patti! Honestly, I knew what Pisco was, but did a search and found the reference to the bird. Thanks for the great desciption of how it is made.

24. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Favourite beers:

Leffe from Belgium. Make sure you get it in the cognac shaped glass as it adds to the flavour to let it breathe.

Some old style ale I drunk in a restaurant in Vilnius, Lithuania. It was served in a ceramic pitcher with ceramic mugs to drink from. Very olde worlde!

Weissbier (also known as Weizen) from the regions of Bavaria. If you like Paulaner, try some of the local brews from outside of Munich.


Swiss "Williams" schnaps. Bottle comes with a whole pear in it.

Polish vodka (wodka). Has a slight fruit taste which makes it much more tolerable than plain old vodka. Compare to the darker or spiced rums as against Bacardi.

25. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y


There's a thread in this forum (General Talk) called Best Beer that you may find of interest too. (May have to look back a page or two or three...)

Thanks for your post!

26. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Some of the rum punches you get in the Caribbean are pretty hard to beat. I drunk something called a Painkiller in Tortola, British Virgin Islands at the Pussers Rum bar. They come in 3 different strenths. Being young and naive at the time i went for the strongest one. After a couple i was in real trouble. I also got challenged by a Kiwi to drink 'Jungle Juice' at the Sari club in Bali. He said if i managed 3 he would buy me 3 more. I had already had a few beers, but i do like a challenge. Just started on my 2nd one and i knew i was in real trouble and staggered back to my hotel.