Whisky Wisdom will (hopefully) be an ongoing series of interviews with whisk(e)y luminaries in our current locality, with the potential to branch out geographically when the possibility arises. The brands are not the only ones who have expertise, after all. Sometimes a local guide is closer than you might think, and this series looks to showcase them. Where can whisky wisdom be found? In many places, with many people, who have various viewpoints and opinions when it comes to the world of our favorite spirit. (NOTE: the above image is not actually Louis)
Nestled in the heart of the Speyside region a few miles north of Ben Rinnes along the River Spey, Aberlour has a proud history of distilling that covers centuries and intertwines a sense of heritage with exploration. While an increasing number of distilleries are replacing their aged offerings with No Age Statements (NAS), the Aberlour range has two 12’s, a 16 and an 18.
When ex-ballerina Allison Patel couldn’t find the whiskies she’d enjoyed during her global travels here in the US, she did the next logical thing and began creating a distribution company to remedy that dearth. During this process, she found a Cognac producer in France who had distilled some single malt on the side. A taste compelled Allison to collaborate with the producer over the next few years and in 2012, the first Brenne was officially launched. The Estate Cask is the flagship model (though a 10 year was released in October, 2015) with an average age of seven years, matured in French Limousine oak barrels before being finished in Cognac casks. With the drive of its young and motivated owner, along with an award-winning whisky, Brenne appears to have a bright future.