#BrenneVoyage … get ready

June 27, 2014 § 7 Comments

I’m super excited to share something totally fun & a little silly with you we’re calling #BrenneVoyage! Every day during the month of July, I’m going to post a photo of Brenne “out and about” and will tag the photo using the hashtag BrenneVoyage on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

#BrenneVoyage! Cheerio old mate!

#BrenneVoyage! Cheerio old mate!

As many of you may know, as the founder of Brenne Whisky (pronunciation reminder: “Brenne” rhymes with “zen”), I’m almost always in possession of a bottle of Brenne.  It goes with me everywhere and in a lighthearted way, I’ve found myself occasionally referring to these bottles as having personalities and being far from the inanimate objects that they are (after all, I certainly care for them as if they were my children!).

So on a recent trip to Paris, my mother and I had a blast taking Brenne on a sight-seeing trip around town, photographing it’s journey along the way.  When we got back and realized just how many of these photos we had, I thought it was only right to share them in a mini-series that you can follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook by searching for the “#BrenneVoyage” hashtag.  It was a hilarious way to enjoy a city that I love so much, the theme of which has now taken on a life of it’s own.

I certainly encourage you to grab a bottle of Brenne, your camera and your sense of humor and join me in this month long photographic journey shooting Brenne around town, on your vacation and hanging out with you this summer – just make sure you use the hashtag #BrenneVoyage so we can all see them!  (And please respect your local liquor and open-container laws!).

Here’s a taste of the “behind the scenes” …

Clickedy click!

Clickedy click!

Hey Brenne, can you give us a little more shoulder action?

Hey Brenne, can you give us a little more shoulder action?

And below is a teaser of what’s to come …

Brenne hanging out at Pont Alexandre in Paris, France #BrenneVoyage

Brenne hanging out at Pont Alexandre in Paris, France #BrenneVoyage

 

Is it good luck to drop a bottle of whisky into the Fontaines de la Concorde!? #BrenneVoyage

Is it good luck to drop a bottle of whisky into the Fontaines de la Concorde!? #BrenneVoyage

Hope to see you around the interwebz … I’ll be the one with a bottle of Brenne in her hand galavanting around some of my favorite cities 🙂

#BRENNEVOYAGE STARTING JULY 1 2014

You're truly!

Your’s truly!

Paris: La Maison du Whisky (part 1)

July 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Need I say more?!?

This is the mecca of all things great.  It’s where Parisians and Whisk(e)y come together under one (ok, 2) roofs.  La Maison du Whisky (LMDW) is legendary.  They have one of the best collections of whiskies from all around the world, including a back room with extremely rare and few-of-a-kind bottles at their store on 20 rue d’Anjou.  If you’re in Paris, you must plan to spend time in both of their stores.

La Maison du Whisky (original shop)

The original La Maison du Whisky boutique is situated in the 8th arrondissment at 20 Rue d’Anjou.  Located in one of the chicest neighborhoods in Paris, this sexy shop is on the ground floor and so beautifully designed you’re going to want to move in (and that’s not just the whisky talking!).  It’s elegant and soft minimalistic design in grays and browns are the perfect backdrop for showcasing their collection.   Further more, I can’t help but mention the wonderful people who work there.  They were happy to answer any question and help in any way (and most speak English fluently).

*A bit of a warning, what we thought would be an easy find turned into a bit of a “tourist in headlights” moment.   It is Paris, after all, and all of the street curve, turn, end and turn into something else, or don’t intersect where you think they might.  Long story short, bring a detailed map.

LMDW Fine Spirits (2nd shop)

Their second store in Paris, appropriately names LMDW Fine Spirits, is located in the über cool 6th arr. in the neighborhood of Odéon.  Located at 6 Carrefour de l’Odéon, this recently opened 3 story beauty is well worth the visit.  Very different from it’s sister store, LMDW features a wide variety of all spirits, not just whiskies.  The main floor features a large, rotating themed collection that is framed perfectly in their massive windows (during my visit, it happened to be Whiskies of the World – woohoo!).  The basement level is where the buyers really flex their muscles and stock some of the coolest and most unique spirits I’ve ever seen.  The 2nd floor, however, is where the magic happens.  This level is set up like a bar (in fact, I was ready to pull up a stool!).  It’s part concept store and part functioning bar, used only for tastings and special events.  Otherwise, as was described to me by their manager, it’s the best setting to get yourself in the mood to purchase their beautiful edited selection of bar accoutrements!  Cocktail shakers, anyone?  (You may not need one but in that setting, you certainly believe that theirs has magical powers to turn you into the best at-home bar tender the world has ever seen!)

By the way, if you’re in Singapore … I here the LMDW store there is pretty amazing too!

LINKS to their e-commerce sites: La Maison du Whisky and LMDW Fine Spirits

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