Brenne Ten Single Malt (2015)
Brenne // Cognac, France
Brenne Ten is the elder sibling of Brenne French single malt whisky. Like the NAS version, it's made from organic malted barley and spring water sourced from the Cognac region of France. To create the first edition of this 10 Year old whisky, four casks were selected by founder Allison Patel--barrels 1 and 2 were ex-Cognac barrels with a light toast, barrel 3 was split between new and used French oak with a light toast, and barrel 4 utilized new French oak with a medium toast. Only 290 cases were produced for the 2015 release.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-Cognac, new French oak
"The age-statement version of this whisky is far more robust and brawny than the NAS. It builds on some of those flavors in the original of vanilla, lavender, orange peel and banana, but it goes deeper, with strong cola spices and dill. As might be expected with so much exposure to Cognac casks, there's a distinct brandy-like grapiness and quite a bit of heat in the finish. If you didn't know this was a whisky you might have first guessed Cognac, but it would have been un très bon Cognac. "