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Brenne Cask 260

Three French Whiskies - Part III

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

21st Jan 2018


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  • Brand: Brenne
  • ABV: 40%

Brenne was discovered by Alison Parc, an NYC-based whisky blogger who found an existing, relatively unknown distillery in the Cognac region and worked with them to develop and market this brand around the world. This single malt is very much part of the local terroir (rather than emulating Scotland or other whisky-making regions), using Cognac and French Limousin casks to mature its single malt. I believe this single cask sample came to me from Johanne McInnis.

The colour is a medium copper. The sharp nose offers candied orange peel, pink grapefruit, passion fruit, baseball-card-bubble-gum and candy floss. Almost like an American rye - it doesn't nose like a single malt. A drop of water brings out even more candy. Very sweet and tangy - but the oak is very tame here.

Thin on the palate, with more candied notes (peel, candy cane, bubble gum) but little else. Water has little effect on the palate. After a beguiling nose, this is a real disappointment.

The short-ish finish surprises with some spice, herbs and mouth-pulling oak tannins. A few years ago I sampled the Brenne Ten, which had similar candied notes (and I wasn't big on it then either). Despite its unusual provenance and unique taste profile, it's not something I would seek out again.


Robert99 commented

@talexander I taste a Brenne many years ago and the palate was in line with the nose but it was as sweet as a sweet wine. That was from Victor,s or Victor's sister bottle and I bought a bottle for my wife who doesn't like whisky. That is what Brenne is renowned for: being a whisky for women who doesn't like whisky, my excuse to the ladies who do like whisky. I would not mind drinking it again but, to me, it is something in between whisky and Pineau des Charentes. Too bad you didn't have a good bottle.

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talexander commented

@Robert99 I just don't think it's a flavour profile I like. When I pointed out that it is partly matured in Cognac casks, Pam said "Oh, that makes total sense." I don't think I've ever had a Cognac-finished whisky that I've liked.

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MadSingleMalt commented

Is this "260" some kind of special version of Brenne?

My club had the regular Brenne a few years ago and everyone—everyone—hated it.

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Victor commented

@Robert99, that bottle of @Maddie's was sampled by many people, had many fans, and no detractors. Bottles and batches vary. Nota bene.

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Robert99 commented

@talexander I agree with Pam. The influence of the Cognac cask is obvious like it is obvious with any Pineau des Charentes. Therfore my reference and it is true that it is not a profile for everybody. Thanks for the precision.

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