In addition to writing this blog, I founded, produce and own my very own whisky: Brenne (keep in the loop by liking us on Facebook HERE), a limited-edition Single Malt made seed-to-spirit in Cognac, France (despite being a New Yorker). I couldn’t be more excited because I’ve introduced not just a new player in the World Whisky category but also a new taste profile in the Single Malt category. In brief, Brenne is a Single Malt from France that is finished in Cognac casks. My first release, the Estate Cask, is extremely smooth, approachable and a very fruit-forward. I always say, “You can’t lead by following” so why create something that’s already been done?
I think New York is the best city in the world – but I have always been inspired by France. I’m thrilled that after years of hard work (including running my own spirits import/export company, Local Infusions), I believe we have captured the essence of the South of France in this stunning single malt.
Now that that’s out of the way … it is important to me that you know I am not writing this blog to specifically promote my business or any particular products. Rather, I feel so fortunate to work in one of the best industries, filled with amazing people that I needed to create a place where I can share my experiences with you as they relate to one of my very favorite spirits: WHISKEY! I hope you enjoy my non-traditional approach to whisky-blogging. There are plenty of awesome bloggers out there writing really thorough product reviews and where I will do a product review on (the very rare) occasion, I’m more excited to share with you all of the many facets of the wonderful world of whisky. You’ll find most posts are currently about my journey as an entrepreneur in the whisky world but occasionally I’ll also write about other distilleries, distillers, stories, stores, recipes, tastings, bar-ware, books, events, whisky travel … really anything that I’m into & think we should be talking about.
I promise, if I ever write a post in hopes of it benefiting my company, I will certainly make it known! Thanks for following, for joining in on the conversations, for always teaching me something new, and for all of your amazing support.
*Named one of the TOP 10 WOMEN IN WHISKY by The Drinks Business Magazine*
Featured on: CBS, ESPN (TKS & PTI shows), WSJ’s MarketWatch, Food & Wine Magazine, Crain’s New York Business Review, Chicago Tribune, Cigar & Spirits, judged ’13 WWA (World Whisky Awards), SeirousEats, Heritage Radio, Unfiltered Magazine, Uncrate, Redbook Magazine, WhiskyCast, Whisky Advocate, Whisky Magazine, Liquor.com & more.
She also won Whisky Magazine’s Whiskey Brand Innovator of the Year 2014, Highly Commended and an American Graphic Design Award for Brenne Whisky.
Allison has been recently included in these books:
Booze for Babes, by Kayleigh Kulp
Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey, by Colin Spoelman & David Haskell
Allison has also been interviewed here (this list is independent of Brenne Press which is all listed by clicking HERE):
Allison Patel gets a “shout out” from Tony Kornheiser on ESPN’s PTI show (Episode 11/5/12 at around minute 22:25)