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Puni Gold

Review of Puni Gold, the Italian whisky aged 5 years in ex-Bourbon casks.

Origin: Trentino Alto Adige (Italy)
Type: Italian Malt Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon First Fill
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Puni (Ebensperger family)
Average price: € 53.00
Official website: www.puni.com
Vote: 79/100

After the 4-year ageing of Sole, we arrive at the five-year ageing of Gold: entirely aged in ex-Bourbon casks, to reflect “the classic style of Italian Malt Whisky”.

This bottling was released in 2018, at the same time as the Vina (which I’ll write about later), and was the first step towards major ageing: 5 years is still not a lot, but it’s already enough to get an idea of what these distillers can do.
Once again, thanks to Katja and Puni for the sample.

To the eye the whisky is light gold, very light.
The nose is proudly an expression of the casks in which the whisky has rested: vanilla, candyfloss, banana. In the background, the youthfulness lets the wood shine through. Simple and linear.
In the mouth it’s young and fresh, very floral and fruity, with a hint of wet wood. Banana, peach, a teaspoon of honey, flowers and cut grass. A hint of pepper pops up here and there. It fully reflects the nose, without any particular flashes and with a calm and clean, soft development.
The finish is not very long, of grass, sugar and bread.

A simple drink, one might say “within everyone’s reach” and a bit of a crowd pleaser: nothing wrong with that, of course, indeed given the affordable price it could be a good introduction to the distillery.
But they know how to do (and have done) better.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Puni Alba
Puni Arte Limited Edition 01
Puni Aura Limited Edition 01
Puni Nero 2017
Puni Sole
Puni Vina

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