Brenne Ten: A French Single Malt Touched By Cognac Barrels

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / October 21, 2015

Brenne 10In the wider world of global whisky, French single malts are unfamiliar to many domestic drinkers. One advantage those distillers have is access to a great range of cask types, including former Cognac barrels. The Brenne Whisky label, aiming to bring French whisky to American drinkers, has unveiled a new expression of the popular Brenne Whisky, this time bearing an age statement.

The new Brenne Ten is a 10-year-old French single malt whisky that’s been aged for “a decade in a combination of virgin French Limousin oak barrels and barrels previously used for aging Cognac.” Prior to that, it was distilled in alembic Charente stills after being fermented from two organically grown varieties of heirloom barley that were raised “in the fields of Cognac.”

This whisky, bottled at 48% ABV, is a limited edition release, with just 290 cases (or 3,480 bottles) being made available this year. It will be priced at upwards of $120 a bottle, and is proud to have already won some industry awards, including being named at London’s Wizards of Whisky as the #2 World’s Best Single Malt.

Official tasting notes for the light amber colored Brenne Ten are below for your consideration. You can hunt down a bottle for sale online here if you are interested.

  • Nose: A warm welcome gives way to dried fruits, spiced wood, toasted vanilla and light floral essence.
  • Taste: A silky mouth feel delivers Brenne’s signature smoothness with spicy black tea, chocolate, dried orange peel, and vanilla cream topped with cinnamon sugar.
  • Finish: Lingering traces of honeyed spice. Creamy and fireside-warm.

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