Origin: Trentino Alto Adige (Italy)
Type: Italian Malt Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry Pedro Ximénez
Added coloring: No
Owner: Puni (Ebensperger family)
Average price: € 62.00
Official website: www.puni.com
Thanks to the kindness of the distillery and Katja, I was able to receive samples from the current core range of Puni, which you will then see completed on this site.
Only Puni Nova will be missing, but I hope to fill the gap sooner or later!
As you know, every year the distillery produces at least one bottling, which is increasingly aged using different casks.
For this Puni Sole, the whisky spent two years in ex-Bourbon casks and another two in ex-Sherry Pedro Ximénez casks, and it’s to the latter that the name refers, evoking the drying of the grapes “under the hot Spanish sun” in the classic Solera method.
It should be remembered that all Puni whiskies are not Single Malt but the result of a blend of cereals (rye, wheat and barley).
The pale yellow colour isn’t exactly that of a hot, scorching sun, but I welcome the natural colouring and not the addition of additives to artificially evoke the name of the whisky!
The nose is a bombshell of sweetness, the more you let it breathe the more the calories increase: honey as if it were raining, apricots, peaches, custard, marzipan and a hint of candied orange. Very warm and enveloping, a little like entering a pastry shop early in the morning. There is also a woody note, well blended with the rest (after all, young is young). I’d say the sun is out!
The palate has a pleasantly vinous opening, the influence of the barrels is very balanced: honey, butter, nutmeg, almonds, ginger. The very sweet profile of the nose is lashed by a spicy and at times bitter side, avoiding the “diabetes” effect with a diversified profile that avoids blatant pandering. In the background there is more wood and fruit, with a slight astringency.
The finish is medium, with spice, wood and orange.
What strikes me every time about Puni is their ability to create whiskies that are far more complex and layered than their age, creating ever greater expectations year after year for when they will reach more important ages.
What may hold you back is the price, but if you get your hands on it, it is well worth more than a taste.