Thanks to Bram we got a sample of his bottle of Brenne who traveled with him for a while around. It is one we had our eye on trying for a while now, so very excited to get the opportunity. The sample was from cask no 271, bottled on 18/9/2013 and around 6-7 years old.
Allison Patel and her husband Nital wanted with Brenne Single Malt Whisky to produce a whisky that embodies the terroir and style of the region in which it is produced: Cognac, France. Not trying to be a Scotch just made in a different country – but truly a French Whisky.
For the production they are using cool fermentation and small batch production, with distilled it twice in copper alembic stills for a smooth finish. They use new Limousin oak barrels before being finished in Cognac casks, and each bottle comes from a single barrel, after on average aging the whisky for a total of about 7 years. It is bottled at 40% abv.
The label gives us some more information on Brenne Single Malt "Since 1920, our family owned distillery has been handcrafting some of the finest small batch spirits to come out of Cognac, France. Brenne continues this tradition through the artistry of our 3rd generation master distiller.
Starting with organic barley harvested from the fields surrounding the distillery and naturally pure water from nearby Charente, he refines the spirit over a live- fire copper alembic still. The whisky is then aged in new French Limousin oak barrels, before being finished in Cognac cask to create a creamy, balanced, more fruit forward profile. Brenne is truly original single malt that is perfectly smooth and refined"
Lets have a look at it shall we?
Sweet cassis and fudge, red fruits, floral, cream bun, vanilla, banana, red berries, and white chocolate.
Buttery, orange, cinnamon, clove, apricot, green apple, whipped cream, freshly baked white floor bread and rosehip roses...
Sweet rose and floral notes mixed with some nuts and fudge. Very sweet and reminds me of cassis on the nose and also coming through strong on the palate. Many red summer fruits mixed with vanilla and chocolate ice cream and whipped cream on top...
It just keeps on giving me images of desert like foods, fresh pastry with warm apples with baking spices, chocolate croissants and just more like that. It is syrupy sweet with fruit flavors entwined. Apple syrup, chocolate and fresh citrus / mint notes in the back.
Middle length finish, very sweet, gummibears and fruity.
7,5 out of 10. Very nice fresh and fruity...