Located into the Alpine foothills of Italy’s South Tyrol, Puni Distillery is Italy’s first single malt whisky-maker. Since 2012, the distillery has been establishing itself amongst serious whiskey aficionados. 2016 sees the release of its first two offerings, the Puni Nova and the Puni Alba, which have already won several awards this and last year from the International Wine & Spirits Convention.
Nova was maturing in American bourbon barrels for three years, before being finished in European Oak casks. It can be purchased at 43% or 54% ABV [86 / 104 Proof] and is slated to feature a delicate taste, which delights with its gentle sweetness and fruity flavors. Alba, was aged for two years in Marsala dessert wine casks and one year in Islay scotch casks. The bitterness of the grapefruit pith harmonizes with hard barley sugar and an gives oily mouthfeel. The finish is full of sweet oats and clean barnyard straw.
The Alba whisky comes in at the same proofs as Nova and is believed to have a harmonious combination of the rich & fruity flavours of Italy and the distinctive smoky character of the Scottish island. The silky texture of the liquid glides over the palate, delivering a well-balanced blend of dark fruit and cookie spices on the one hand, with smoky creosote on the other.
Both can be purchased directly online from the distillery for between $74 and $175 depending on the batch and proof.