Price Point: $50 – $60 for 750 ML
Distiller: Classic Imports
This one is an interesting story. Brenne French Single Malt Whisky began when Allison Patel decided to begin importing whisky from a small distiller in the heart of Cognac, France. After a relationship was formed, the pair refined their spirit, incorporating a finishing process in ex-Cognac barrels.
I am always intrigued to taste whiskeys which explore alternate maturation processes, and Cognac is certainly not used as frequently as something like sherry casks. Why not give Brenne a try?
The first thing I notice on Brenne’s nose is garbage. More specifically a garbage bag full of cut-up fruit. Notes of offensive licorice; it’s sickeningly sweet.
Once on the palate, Brenne moves from sickeningly sweet to shockingly sweet. This is the most fruit-forward whisky I have ever tasted, exhibiting characteristics of melon Jelly Bellies. There are subtle traces of malt and cinnamon, and barely any alcohol burn. Is this a single malt or a flavored whisky? The lack of balance has me making funny faces as I sip.
The finish is short and unmemorable at 40% – thank goodness!
Rating & Recommendations
Brenne French Whisky earns a rating of 68 out of 100 from me.
I suppose Allison Patel was trying to make a whisky for the female demographic, incorporating the light blue color scheme, the allure of a whisky from France (versus Scotland or Ireland), and the extremely fruit-forward taste. However, this whisky has no balance and frankly, I found it difficult to finish the two small drams I used to write this review. There is a whisky for everyone, as they say, but this one is not for me.