Blog: Andy MortonIs pisco preparing to make some noise?

Andy Morton | 19 February 2015

Chalvignac has been making copper pot stills since 1981

Chalvignac has been making copper pot stills since 1981

Business is booming at copper pot still makers Chalvignac - you can tell from the loud noise coming from its factory floor in the French town of Jarnac-Champagne.

That's where the company's skilled craftsmen shape the giant sheets of copper into the beautiful swan-neck pot stills that find their way into the region's nearby Cognac distilleries, and increasingly those of spirits makers around the world.

Olivier Flamand, Chalvignac's marketing and communications head, gives a little laugh when asked if demand is good right now. “Very good,” he says, and lists orders from Russia, China and a number of other countries.

But, it is the US that is filling up Chalvignac's order book the most. And, it's not the country's whiskey, vodka or gin makers that are putting the smile on Olivier's face - he says highest demand is currently coming from US producers of the South American brandy pisco.

We've already had a Bourbon boom in the US; can we now expect the pisco explosion?

Sectors: Spirits

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