Brenne Cuvée Spéciale, French Single Malt /40%/ –
Brenne whisky was founded in 2012 by Allison Parc, a former ballerina turned whisky entrepreneur. She created the brand from seed to spirit, with a third generation Cognac maker at the family farm distillery in the heart of Cognac. The whisky is twice distilled from organically grown barley in alambic Charente still and aged in fresh Limousin oak casks and ex-cognac casks, then cut to bottling proof with water from the Charente River. Although Brenne single malt doesn’t carry age statement, the brand’s website says that is on average seven years old (aged for five years in Limousin oak and additional two years in ex-cognac casks).
Nose: sweet and slightly herbaceous, rose petals, vanilla, ripe pears, bananas, candy floss, bubble gum, nougat and popcorn.
Palate: vanilla, caramel, banana bread, marzipan, white chocolate, rosehip marmalade, licorice, bubble gum and hints of dried mango.
Finish: not too long, with notes of candy floss, bubble gum, hints of pineapple and oak tannins.