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Brenne Estate Cask Whisky, 70cl - 40% ABV French Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Organic Whisky Aged in Cognac Casks

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Brenne's single malt whiskeys age in new French Limousin oak barrels and finish in former Cognac casks, a novel method in the whiskey world. Limousin oak is a type of oak wood from the Limousin region in France. Known for its tight grain and high tannin content, it's commonly used in winemaking and spirits distillation for aging, contributing rich, spicy flavors and a distinct character.

Brenne 10 is the older, and higher proofed, sibling of the original Brenne which has been a divisive dram in the whisky world. Some people absolutely love it while others, like myself, can’t stand it and I think a lot of it comes down to if you’re a sweet person or not. Me, I’m salty-savory which is why I like big oaky bourbons, peated islay whisky and darker unpeated malts like Criagellachie. Cognac is a variety of brandy named after the town of Cognac, France. It's produced using specific types of grapes, primarily Ugni Blanc. The production process involves double distillation in copper pot stills and aging in Limousin or Tronçais oak casks for at least two years. Cognac's flavor profile typically includes notes of fruit, flowers, and spices.

Alison Parc, the founder, revolutionized the industry with her innovative practices, and her brand's recent acquisition by Heaven Hill promises a bright future for Brenne. Nicola Riske: I just knew that I had to work 10x harder, and that anything I said when presenting to anyone would be discounted if one man entered the room and said something different. The first sip entices with notes of rich vanilla and toffee, complemented by hints of tropical fruits and floral undertones. Another sip reveals a velvety texture, where the sweetness of caramel and honey dances with the gentle spice of blueberry muffin tops, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually, the palate unfolds, revealing layers of ripe fruits, including pineapple and luscious peach. Finish

It’s delicious, that’s for sure. Light, crisp, and fruity. Easily sippable by itself, but I would caution that the lighter flavors might get lost among some of the common whiskey-associated activities (such as cigar smoking). On Ice Handcrafted in the heart of Cognac, France, Brenne stands out with an innovative approach to whiskey-making Avec Grâce et Saveur —"With Grace and Flavor". Its light, candy-like flavor might make Brenne a good bridge spirit for drinkers moving into whisky, but those qualities made it a challenge for my palate. While I credit Brenne for producing such a unique style of malt, ultimately it’s not for me. But, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, it might be for you.As you explore the flavors and possibilities of Brenne's single malt whiskeys, remember to savor and appreciate the characteristics of this exceptional spirit. Experiment with different serving styles and food pairings to discover your own favorite combinations and truly enjoy the experience. Explore the Avec Grâce et Saveur of Brenne

The answer seems simple on a basic level: where the whisky is made. And of course, there are some ingredients that stand out as markers: bourbon boasts of corn, scotch breaths peat. But for Allison Patel, founder and owner of Brenne, a French whisky, the question goes beyond traditional categorization and production. As a result of cask finishing, Brenne's whiskeys inherit not just the smoky vanilla and caramel notes from the virgin oak, but also the fruity aromas from the ex-Cognac barrels. This two-stage maturation process results in the production of a smooth and elegant whiskey with an unconventional flavor profile that represents its French origins. Review of Brenne Whiskeys Like the nose the palate is heavy with notes of fruit salad, bubblegum and vanilla, but here that fruity sweetness gets a sugary bump from some birthday cake and a wee bit of an acetone bite towards the end.I didn’t want people to feel disconnected from the experience of drinking the whisky. This is not a big bold whisky that’ll put hair on your chest. I love those fatter, bigger bottles, but that’s not telling of what’s in a dram of Brenne.” Parc: In the U.S., which is where you and I are currently based, our adoption to Japanese whisky really started in 2012. But if you look at the first countries outside of Japan that were getting excited about Japanese whisky, that was actually France, and they started writing about it and buying it up in the early 2000s. I’ve just always been a Francophile, and I was paying attention to that. Records the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.

TWW: You spoke earlier to the impact of the barrel as being one of the key factors of a particular product. Talk about the flavor profile of your whiskies influenced by these types of barrels. Innovation played a vital role in French whiskey production, especially in the maturation process. Whiskeys were aged in French oak barrels previously used for wine, cognac, or other spirits, infusing diverse flavors into the final product. This approach gave French whiskey a distinctive terroir-driven character that set them apart. Within a short period, more than 50 distilleries have emerged across France, each creating its own expressions that respect local traditions while pushing the boundaries of whiskey-making. What sets Breene apart from many other whiskies are the ingredients. Everything is locally sourced, 100 percent organic and non-GMO. There are two types of heirloom barley used and grown in Cognac, France. The yeast strain is proprietary and has been in the distiller’s family for generations. The water to cut the proof is from the nearby Charente River. The whiskey is twice-distilled in an alembic Charente still at a family farm-distillery in the heart of Cognac region. There’s a certain elegance that comes from a simple design. It’s something that modern French style uses to great effect, and I think the folks at Brenne have captured that aesthetic perfectly in this bottle. I knew right away. French Single-malt Whisky. It was a holiday gift from someone in the office. I’m thinking, wtf? Not “Oh, that sounds interesting.” It did not. I knew.No longer heading the Brenne brand, Parc is a consultant for entrepreneurs at various stages of business development, with future plans for whiskey brands. Keep your eye on her journey! Heaven Hill and Brenne French Whiskey By the time Parc came along, the distiller had been making whisky for four years. By the time Brenne began bottling, Parc and the distiller were working with six- to eight-year-old whiskies. Brenne currently has two expressions: Brenne Estate Cask and Brenne Ten that come from those first barrels.

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