My estimable companion and I went into Boston to see a show at the Boston Center for the Arts. While in the city, how else to end the evening then go have a drink at a distinguished establishment?
We did so in the elegant and historical The Last Hurrah, the in the historic Omni Parker House, Boston. There I tried Aberlour A’bunadh , and then I tried Brenne Single Malt, a French whisky!
Single barrel release, no age statement. 40% ABV/80 proof.
It is sourced from a distiller in Cognac, France, and what sets it apart is that it has been finished in cognac barrels. Their website tells us that it is from a former professional ballerina, Allison Parc:
…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…. 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… She and the distiller collaborated over a span of almost four years [and they] decided to incorporate his previously used Cognac casks in the whisky aging process.
Nose: This has a thick, almost cotton candy like nose.
Palate: I sensed an apple and almost cotton candy like flavor. It tastes nothing nothing like other single malts that I’ve sampled, nor is like a bourbon, rye or Irish whisky. All I can say is that I approve of this cognac-finished whisky, and am looking forward to trying it again.