Origin: Trentino Alto Adige (Italy)
Type: Italian Malt Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Marsala Wine
Added coloring: No
Owner: Puni (Ebensperger family)
Average price: € 58.00
Official website: www.puni.com
We conclude (for now) the tour of Italian distillery Puni’s bottlings with a bottle from 2018, a 5-year-old aged in barrels that have contained Marsala, released at the time alongside its ex-Bourbon-aged sibling, the Gold.
This isn’t the first time that these casks have been used by the Trentino distillers, Marsala had also flavoured Puni Alba and Opus I, the first bottling they produced which was still too young to be defined as whisky: this desire to unite the two ends of the Italy is really interesting.
As always, thanks to Katja and Puni for the sample.
In the glass, the whisky appears light gold with copper highlights.
The nose is immediately enveloped by cereals soaked in wine (try it!), accompanied by lots of orange, honey and sultanas. The profile is very warm, soft and sweet, at times almost cloying. Christmas is already a memory by now, but at times it almost makes you think of panettone.
On the palate, the alcohol is more noticeable than it should be, and it slips into the mouth with a certain astringency. The sweet profile of the nose is here dampened by an underlying acidity that breaks the balance in a disorderly fashion: candied orange, yellow fruit and alcohol, almost (God forgive me) a hint of grappa. Something has gone wrong, the promises on the nose have been shattered and you almost feel betrayed.
The finish is medium, the cereals return along with the alcohol and orange.
I had the chance to try it at the Whisky Revolution in Castelfranco, and alas, the impressions of a year ago are confirmed: the idea is intriguing (and the Alba, two years younger, is not bad), but perhaps it needs more work.