|Sorel & Brenne together.|
Photo: courtesy of Jackie Summers
|From Right: Sorel, Brenne, and the pairing, which is called "The Last Call".|
|"Barrel No. 257" today.|
The "Last Call"
But when these two mix at the magic proportion of 2 parts Brenne (or perhaps a smidgen more) to 1 part Sorel and allowed to rest and integrate for 15 minutes or so something magic happens. The color is a russet scarlet mauve. The nose becomes malt whisky loaded with cinnamon red hots, baskets of roses, and jammy red vinous scents, like a sherry bomb Scotch but with a fruity floral roobios zing while smoking a clove bidi.
The palate of the combo emphasizes the odd and unexpected planes of their union: floral and sweet without being sugared. The sweetness is a mass of heavy massed tropical floral notes and tons of zing (stealth ginger). The spices - the cloves, mace, and cinnamon - ride around in a big car made of malt whisky stone fruits made zingy - like raspberry. Tasting it you'd never guess there were only two ingredients. It likes some water - or even better - some ice. This has joined my regular rotation. It puts a vinous overlay over the whisky in a way that reminds me of a Manhattan, but with a totally new and very Caribbean flavor set. This pairing has come to named "The Last Call". It's a drink with a future. It also likes a few drops of orange water or citrus bitters - but my favorite is neat, 2/3 plus a drop of Brenne and slightly less than 1/3 Sorel. Just magic.
By the way, visually, something cloudy happens to the spirits in combination. Although both are totally clear on their own, mottled flavor elements become visibly flocked out. But adding water disperses them again.
|The combination develops ephemeral clouds of |
flocculating flavor compounds until water is added.
The synergy here is pretty cool - but it's actually a much bigger coincidence than it appears. These are both spirits whose story is hard to tell without telling the stories of their compelling creators.
|Pic courtesy of Allison Patel|
As a great example, this recent piece is a searing memoir of social injustice, institutionalized racism in the judicial and penal system, and the feeling of gut check immediate danger at Riker's. Just fantastic writing on every level:
And, of course, he does this little Sorel thing in his spare time - actually making the stuff and also making it rain.
Today, I asked Jackie if he had a picture of he and Allison for this post. He produced the one below and then added: "Allison is my sister in alcohol". Try a Brenne and Sorel. It's like having everything hip about New York in a glass. While you're at it, think up a name for this simple pairing.
FYI - there is a similar, but more involved Manhattan version of Sorel with Brenne. It's called The Brooklyn Blossom:
- 2.5oz Brenne French Single Malt Whisky
- 1.5oz Sorel
- 1oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- 1 Hibuscus blossom