U.S. and Bolivia Formally Recognize Each Other's Native Spirits In New Agreement
We are pleased to report the U.S. has officially recognized Singani, a grape-based brandy, as a distinctive product of Bolivia. While the spirit shares much in common with Peruvian Pisco, Singani is distinctive in it that is distilled exclusively from the aromatic Muscat of Alexandria varietal grown at high altitudes in the Bolivian Andes.
Singani is the national liquor of Bolivia and has been produced there since early settlers began making wine in the 1500's. Locals typically enjoy it in a refreshing high-ball cocktail called a Chuflay, which is 1.5 ounces of Singani topped with lemonade or lemon soda and garnished with a lemon or lime. The most popular brand in the U.S. is Singani 63, a passion project from director Steven Soderbergh, who fell in love with the spirit while filming the movie Che.
In return, Bolivia has recognized two of America's native spirits, Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey, as distinctive products of the U.S., ensuring the integrity of the whiskeys sold there to be authentic as well as bolstering exports to Bolivia's growing whiskey category.
For more information, you can find the official press release from DISCUS here.