Brenne French Single Malt Whisky 750ml
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Wine Enthusiast: Rated Excellent, extremely well made and highly recommended. "This unique newcomer-a French single-malt whisky finished in used Cognac barrels-tastes like a soft, golden Speyside Scotch with a little something extra. Honey, apricot and creme brûlée kick into a spicy ginger and black pepper finish and a gentle puff of smoke." Sept 2013
Food & Wine: Rated Best New Spirit. "When former ballerina (and whisky-lover) Allison Patel came across a distiller in Cognac growing barley for single-malt whiskey, she immediately wanted to collaborate with him. Their first release is a French whiskey with caramelly flavors and the apple and pear notes of a Cognac." Nov 2013
Distillery: "Single Cask Bottles: Each bottle of Brenne Whisky comes from a single barrel selected at its peak. We don’t blend barrels. Each barrel number is stamped on the back label. Cognac Distilling Technique: Using cool fermentation and small batch production, Brenne Whisky is twice distilled in copper alembic stills for a smooth finish.
A sophisticated alternative to cocktails, Brenne Whisky is the perfect balance of savory and sweet to be a bold alternative to cocktails. Enjoy it with a splash of water to unleash even more of the Cognac barrel flavors.
…Or try a Manhattan affair: Brenne Whisky over ice with a twist of orange (or a grapefruit peel!). No vermouth. No bitters. Just Brenne, ice & orange."
The Nitty Gritty: Four hundred kilometers southwest of Paris, Cognac, France lends its name to one of the world’s best known types of brandy. There, a third-generation master distiller trained in the traditional art of cognac distillation — and with a secret love affair for whisky — has been making Brenne Single Malt Whisky since 2002. He begins by harvesting 100% organic barley grown at his farm in Cognac — making Brenne the only organic French Single Malt Whisky in production today. After the barley is cool-fermented utilizing two to three different strains of yeast, the mash is carefully double-distilled in a copper alembic cognac still until it is ready for its slumber in new French Limousin oak casks. French Limousin oak — the most expensive type of wood for barrels in the world — is prized because it is loosely grained and porous, allowing it to impart more flavor and tannins to whisky that it comes in contact with. The French Limousin oak gives Brenne Single Malt Whisky notes of oaky chocolate and a slight hint of caramel.
Following its initial beautyrest in the French Limousin casks (the beautyrest averages five years), Brenne is double barreled, or finished, in freshly-emptied cognac barrels until perfectly matured. This unique finishing process gives the whisky notes of sweet vanilla that balance out the spicy notes of organic, malted barley. The cognac barrels also give Brenne a slightly perfumey aroma."
|Varietal:||Single malt whisky|
|Aging:||New Limousin oak barrels before finishing used Cognac casks. On average, the whisky ages for a total of about 7 years.
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