Brenne French Single Malt Whisky is now at Wally’s! A lucky number of Wally’s staff had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the effervescent, intrepid and charming owner of Brenne, Allison Patel. Her singular enthusiasm for the craft of creating Brenne whisky and for whisky in general, is evident upon meeting her, and is truly infectious. A former professional ballerina, she projects passion and is certainly living her dream with Brenne. Oh, and not only that – but we got to taste her unique whisky as well!
Brenne is a French Single Malt Whisky which is finished in Cognac Barrels, and is harvested, distilled (from a 3rd generation craft distiller, no less), matured and bottled in Cognac, France. The candied aroma imparted by the Cognac barrels leads to flavors of vanilla, gentle spice, and fruit – and subsequently Allison’s idea to incorporate these unused casks (located at her distiller’s) to age the spirit has thus given Single Malts a new and exciting persona. Not only is Brenne compelling when enjoyed neat, it makes a glorious addition to a mixed drink as well.
93 points, 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.”
And here’s a recipe that we can’t wait to try:
- 4oz Brenne French Single Malt Whisky
- ½ cup hot tea made with Chai-spiced black tea
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 thick slice of orange
- Cloves (to stick into the side of the orange wheel, as many as desired)
- Blend – drink – enjoy!
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