Whisky Magazine Issue 63
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Naren Young packs his library card and is welcomed to one of New York's newest centres of higher learning
Sure this is no Julliard or NYU, but if you have any interest at all in learning more about many of the world's great spirits, then there are few places on earth that boast the range of liquor and the staff that know about them in detail like the Brandy Library.
Located in the rather staid Tribeca, the Brandy Library was opened in October 2004 by Flavien Desoblin, a young Burgundian with an extreme passion for spirits. He saw a niche for a spirit-focused bar as opposed to another cocktail, wine or beer bar, which already saturate the city.
“I've always been crazy about books and I love the civilized and quiet feel of libraries,” says Desoblin. “That is the ambience I wanted to recreate here, where the only noise would come from hushed conversations. I wanted a library of bottles in a sense where the spirits would take place of the books.” The entire design is a credit to his vision and needless to say he's very happy with the results. What's transpired is easily one of New York's, and indeed the world's, most elegant and refined looking rooms. One that is most definitely conducive to slowly imbibing a fine single malt and a plate of foie gras.
As you walk in through the velvet curtains, you're met first by a glorious copper pot still and then Desoblin, always immaculately dressed as he ushers patrons to one of the gorgeous leather armchairs. Much of the clientele are from the surrounding financial districts, often stopping by for an aperitif before dinner or a dige...