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Brenne Cuvée Spéciale French Single Malt Whisky

(70cl, 40%)

Brenne Cuvée Spéciale French Single Malt Whisky

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Brenne French Single Malt Bottling Note

Launched in 2012 by Allison Parc, collaborating with a French distiller in Cognac, Brenne French Single Malt Whisky is something quite special indeed. It's made with malted barley grown in Cognac, double distilled, then initially matured in Limousin oak casks before enjoying a finishing period in Cognac casks. Each bottle is drawn from a single cask and is bottled at 40% ABV. Rather cool stuff indeed.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Vanilla flowers arrive on the nose first, paired with pear drops and dried mango.

Palate: Brandied cherry and red rope liquorice. More vanilla, a hint of cinnamon spiciness and Nutella.

Finish: Chocolate raisins, pineapple and coconut ice.

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Brenne Cuvée Spéciale French Single Malt Whisky Reviews


Tastes of foam banana sweets. Sounds so much better than it is

16th May 2020


Given to me as a present which is sad because it is simply awful. Banana, banana and more banana. Unsophisticated, cloying and unpleasant from nose to finish. We are now trying to work out if it might go in a Manhattan or similar, but dont have very high hopes.

There is an old saying, "there is an ar## for every seat". Not putting mine in this one again.

25th December 2019

Classy, indeed!

The best, so far, in the 2019 advent calendar! Just my opinion, but the MofM tasting notes are ABSOLUTELY spot-on!

18th December 2019

Sweet & sour cherries

An interesting mix of cherries, pineapple, coconut & chocolate raisins.

12th November 2019

Bananas foster meets creme brulee

I love it! It's not a daily drinker by any means but I love the bananas foster ish feel to it. Very different. It took guts to make, I respect that.

10th May 2019

Who are these angry reviewers?? It's delicious.

I'm not sure what some of these reviews are complaining about?? Maybe there was a bad batch or a bad year. But I've had three bottles of Brenne over the past 3 or 4 years and they've all been delightful! No, it's definitely not a traditional whisky – no real peat or smoke, lots of florals and sweetness on the nose. A tad young, so I could see what some people are saying if they're trying it neat, but it's a beautiful spirit when it opens up. I really enjoy it on the rocks, or in an old fashioned or manhattan. It's really the perfect whisky for people (like my wife) who typically find whisky a little unapproachable or harsh, but also for people like me who aren't stuck in a bog in Scotland 50 years ago. Try something new, open your mind, and you might actually enjoy yourself!

21st April 2019

Not for me

Interesting to try as it's so different, so much juicy syrupy fruit sweetness, coconut note, just really not what I look for in a whisky, and pricey

10th March 2019

Different yes but hey we loved it!

We had a taster in my hubs whisky advent calender that I bought him this December
( it was fab by the way, he loved it ) and it was one of the most memorable wee drams, very different indeed... soft, delicate with tones of vanilla & honey dew melon, pure nectar!
My hubby and I both loved it and thought to buy our whisky loving friend a bottle but! after reading reviews commenting that it’s not really for a true whisky lovers palate we were put off but! surely that’s the fun of experiencing different whiskies? We personally don’t like the peaty antiseptic tasting ones and you’re always going to have your favourites so! I’m now back looking to buy our friend that long overdue bottle...

18th January 2019

Fit for purpose

Has an unusual, aromatic sweetness, which doesn't much appeal to me. But...New Years Eve I suggested a whiskey sour to my sister-in-law, who only likes sweet drinks. I didn't have any bourbon, so I figured, "Why not use the Brenne." It was fantastic. Everybody starting drinking whiskey sours and asking for more, until I ran out of Brenne. I substituted a Speyside scotch, but it just wan't as good as the Brenne. I'm going to get some more.

3rd January 2019

Too fruity. Might work as a mixer

Coconut, banana. Blah. Might be ok as a mixer

1st January 2019

Who Hurt You?

Cough Syrup with a background of vomit... Simply undrinkable.... Please Stop.

19th December 2018


Very Disappointing, I really don't know how someone can give it 5 stars, I must have had a dud, flavour and smell are very weak, not pleasant.

11th December 2018


Doing the Whisky Advent Calendar and this was until now the only real miss. The Banana flavour is awful

9th December 2018

Ok but not brilliant

It's very different and not a bad taste but it is sweet a vanilla flavoured.
I would think that the American market would love it but to me, it's not the right taste.

6th December 2018

Still revolting.


4th December 2018

A Delightful Surprise :)

Honestly, this is quite simply delicious.

Don't be fooled by the nose, which as others have said is pretty sweet at first - lots of vanilla, caramel, and fruit-forward. Maybe even banana. It's a really beautiful whisky. If you're into extra peat or smoke, this clearly isn't for you. But, if you want something approachable, it's rapidly becoming a favorite in our house. (My wife and her friends LOVE it and have gone through 4 bottles in the past few months! Ironically, she likes it on the rocks, and I love it in an Old Fashioned. Go figure.)

26th October 2018

Pure Joy!

Best new drink I've found in a while. Not to sweet or spicy, and a nice aroma that sticks around.

3rd June 2018

Pink Bubblegum & Cotton Candy

Very limited, stereotypical nose & palate. Not even a parody of Frenchness really, so much as 50’s Americana. Makes me wonder how much input Marketing had into this...

Not especially rough but then it is 40%. If only this specialised in Vanilla and Roses, maybe some Calvados, it could have been something original, something special. A missed opportunity, especially from a nation with such a grand distilling tradition.

4th April 2018

Pink Bubblegum & Cotton Candy

Very limited, stereotypical nose & palate. Not even a parody of Frenchness really, so much as 50’s Americana. Makes me wonder how much input Marketing had into this...

Not especially rough but then it is 40%. If only this specialised in Vanilla and Roses, maybe some Calvados, it could have been something original, something special. A missed opportunity, especially from a nation with such a grand distilling tradition.

4th April 2018

joie de vivre

Do not compare Brenne with any Scottish dram. Brenne is a specific taste. You like it or you hate it. I can appreciate it and enjoy its unique tasting notes. Fruit and candy in a bottle. Nice summer dram.

26th July 2016

French Indeed

Very Unique.

I can understand why some whisky drinkers dislike it ... But I think that shows the limits of their palate or their preference for spice and the formaldehyde taste of peat.

Brenne is exactly what I would imagine of a French whiskey. It tastes of vanilla and roses, sweet and smooth with a medium body.

I thought it was quite enjoyable and unique.

23rd May 2016

Oh, wow

After three years of reviews, I recently gave my first half-star review to another whisky, and now I regret it because this one is immensely worse. Yes, as previous reviewers said, cotton candy and pink bugglegum. But what none of the previous reviews captured was the lack of maturity. Below the cloying sweetness, each sip is a freight train of rubbing alcohol up your nostrils, down your throat, and back out your nostrils again.

Still, could be an interesting mixer with tonic water. But neat, this one needs quite a few more years in the casks.

11th March 2016

Horrible cloying sweetness

Not my cup of tea. The sweetness on the nose is just as bad on the palate.

31st December 2015

France in a bottle!

Nose : rounded, sugary and incredibly fruity. The nose is elegant and sweet and presents incredible notes of banana, bubblegum, candied apples, vanilla cupcakes, cinnamon & all things pastries. It gives a feeling like a French-style bakery here, immerged in a world of sweet aromas and struggling you have to decide whether you should go for candies or croissants. Brenne gives you both!

Palate: surprising, a unique light and creamy nectar still showing those sugary notes from the nose. Aromas of crème brûlée, toffee, tropical fruits, malted barley reflect the Cognac influence and create a refined & gourmet whisky, perfectly enjoyable neat, approachable for novices but also utterly interesting to sample for whisky enthusiasts & experts alike.

Finish: sweet and lingering with chocolate & caramel notes – the kind of “I NEED SOME MORE” finish

14th September 2015

Not sure if I should give to my wife as perfume, or drink it

Really unique. An amazing aroma of rose petals and cotton candy. I can go on smelling it forever without even drinking a drop. Taste is decent, more brandy-like.

22nd June 2015

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