GSN Review: Brenne French Single Malt Whiskies

Brenne, the only Single Malt in the world to be aged in new French Limousin oak and Cognac casks, brings an entirely new taste profile to the world of Single Malt Whisky. Brenne isn’t trying to be Scotch made in a different country – this is truly a French Whisky.

After her career as a professional ballerina, Allison Parc discovered a passion for food and drink that immersed her in cultures all over the world.  Making an effort to visit local markets, wineries, and distilleries in her travels, she developed an appreciation of great taste experiences, especially within her favorite category: whisky.  After failing to find many of the “non- traditional” whiskies she discovered abroad in the US, Allison took it into own her hands and started setting up an import/export company for this sole purpose.

While exploring the world whisky scene for something that was focused on “terroir” (being ‘of the earth’), Allison encountered a third generation Cognac producer who had started distilling a unique Single Malt at his farm distillery in the heart of Cognac, France.  At that time, a majority of the oldest whisky was around three to four years old in new French Limousin oak barrels.  Upon tasting it, Allison immediately knew it was something special.  She and the distiller collaborated over a span of almost four years to refine the aging spirit and continue laying down more barrels as each year’s crop of barley was ready to be harvested.  A breakthrough occurred when Allison decided to incorporate his previously used Cognac casks in the whisky aging process.  This stimulated the whisky in a beautiful way; ultimately creating a new profile within the Single Malt category that became Brenne Whisky.

Brenne Estate Cask (80 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Soft and fruity with a peach melba nose. Quite dessert-like.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and rounded, with more of the fruit/vanilla flavor.
Finish: Long with lingering and alternating waves of wood, malt, wine and a touch of char.
Overall: A lovely whisky that sets the standard for wine cask aged whiskies. This one will not disappoint.
GSN Rating: A

Brenne Ten: Limited Edition 10 Year Old (80 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Intense woodiness draping a malty sweetness. Some raspberry notes.
Taste: Again, very smooth, but with a sharper edge and a touch more caramel. Very much in the tradition of what you’d expect in a decade old single malt. Hearty.
Finish: Long with a dry crispness and warm cask finish.
Overall: A very nice whisky that has the feeling of a sunny autumn day.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Drink Brenne

GSN: Backbar Review – July 29- August 2, 2013

indexDeutsch Family Wine & Spirits and Adult Beverage Co. have unveiled Adult S’mores, a new dessert-flavored vodka liqueur. Intended to evoke the taste of the classic campfire treat, the 15%-abv entry features the flavors of marshmallows and chocolate blended with premium vodka. Set to roll out August 1, Adult S’mores is priced at around $16 a 750-ml. The new offering is the latest expression in Adult Beverage’s nostalgia-inspired range, which also includes Adult Chocolate Milk, Adult Limeade and Adult Strawberry Milk.

indexPalm Bay International is expanding the 901 Tequila brand in North America with the addition of Reposado and Anejo entries. The new 901 Reposado is aged for a minimum of 8 months and priced at $45 a bottle, while 901 Anejo is aged for at least 18 months and priced at $50. The pair, which join 901’s original Silver expression, are hitting New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Illinois this month, before rolling out nationwide in the fall. Co-founded by Kevin Ruder and music artist Justin Timberlake, 901 is a 100%-agave Tequila range produced by Mexico’s Destileria Santa Lucia.

indexClassic Imports has added Brenne Estate Cask single malt whisky to its U.S. portfolio. Produced in France’s Cognac region, Brenne Estate Cask is twice distilled and aged in French Limousin oak barrels and ex-Cognac casks before being bottled in single barrel releases. The 40%-abv expression, which first launched in the U.S. last year, is priced at around $60 a 750-ml.

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indexCruzan will continue to expand its higher-end options with the Distiller’s Collection, a line of premium, blended aged rums. The range will include several new expressions—such as Cruzan Estate Diamond dark rum and Cruzan Estate Diamond light rum—as well as the brand’s existing Single Barrel entry, made with vintage rums aged between 5 to 12 years.

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indexCruzan plans on adding to its increasingly upscale stable with the release of Cruzan Velvet Cinn, a new premium rum horchata.  Velvet Cinn, which is priced at around $20 a 750-ml., joins Agave Loco’s surging RumChata brand (priced roughly parallel to Velvet Cinn) in the burgeoning U.S. rum horchata category.

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indexPernod Ricard’s Kahlúa liqueur is prepping a pair of seasonal launches for the fall and winter, including its new Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice and returning flavor Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. Launching this September, Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice blends pumpkin flavors and autumnal spices with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum. Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha, which first launched in the fall of 2010, will follow with an October rollout. Priced at $17.99 a 750-ml., both 20%-abv offerings are targeted toward gifting and at-home cocktail occasions and will be available through December 31.

indexBeam’s Knob Creek Bourbon has offered more detail on the upcoming launch of its new Smoked Maple expression. Set to begin rolling out in September—initially in control states—the 90-proof flavored Bourbon is expected to achieve nationwide distribution before the holiday season, according to Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe. The super-premium expression, which will be priced at around $31 a 750-ml., will be backed by both an on- and off-premise push, targeting cocktail, after-dinner and dessert occasions.

indexBeam Inc. is extending its Effen vodka brand with a new flavored variant, Salted Caramel. It will be priced at $27.99 a 750-ml., and joins a range that already includes the core unflavored expression, as well as Cucumber, Black Cherry and Raspberry flavored vodkas.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily