Puni Alba Italian Malt Whisky
Italian whisky made with malted barley, malted rye and malted wheat! Puni Alba Italian Malt is aged for three years in Sicilian Marsala casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held peated whisky from Islay.
The nose is quite surprising, with soft peat, malty notes and a winey profile coming from its maturation, showing aromas of summer berries. Although you can say it is a young whisky, this expression is more easy-drinking than the other 3-year-old release from PUNI (Nova). Slightly smoky, mineral & earthy with licorice, pepper and roasted walnuts and dark berries.
Puni Alba Italian Malt Distillery produces this first Italian whisky in the “Highlands of Italy.” Alba, the Gaelic name for Scotland and the Italian word for “sunrise,”, is one in a series of three PUNI whiskies released in 2016. It’s made from regional barley malt, malted wheat, and malted rye. It’s aged for three years Marsala casks from Sicily and then it’s finished in Scottish whisky barrels sourced from Islay. PUNI Alba is bottled at 43% ABV. As of October 2020, this is available in the US.
Begun in 2010, PUNI is Italy’s first and only whisky producer. Hailing from South Tyrol, a province in the northeast of the country, the distillery takes its name from the nearby Puni River. An ideal location for whisky production, the “Highlands of Italy” have a long tradition of growing grain, with rye the dominant variety due to the area’s dry climate and low precipitation. PUNI uses this locally grown rye in its triple-grain mash bill along with malted barley and wheat, contributing a distinct flavor that speaks to PUNI’s vibrant location.
Fruity, tart, burnt herbs, gooseberry, dried fruit and a little rye spice.
A little farmy with hay, some floral cereal, dark fruit and clove.
Peppered dried fruit and sweet vanilla.