Origin: Trentino Alto Adige (Italy)
Type: Italian Malt Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Marsala
Added coloring: No
Owner: Puni (Ebensperger family)
Average price: € 1555.00
Official website: www.puni.com
Almost three years after the first version, in early February 2022 Puni released this new limited edition of its cask strength whisky. And what a strength!
Almost eight and a half years of maturation in ex-Marsala casks, in continuity therefore with the Puni Vina of some time ago, for an edition limited to 717 bottles.
The first Aura was a real surprise, the Vina much less so: where will this second version fit in?
The marsala is keen to underline its influence right from the nose with acidic and vinous notes that rise from the glass, but the profile soon rounds out with an abundance of nuts (walnuts and pistachios), plums, sultanas, caramel, liquorice, cloves and a touch of aniseed. Chocolate and a faint hint of roasted coffee creep in among the aromas, with the albeit generous alcohol content limiting itself to a background tingle. With the addition of water, red fruits,caramel and a vague herbaceous impression emerge. Intense.
Initially the alcohol content bites a little, but it’s only a matter of a few moments and it becomes a warm embrace for the senses, with the dark fruit tones (blackberries, sultanas, sour cherries, prunes) dominating the palate. Nutmeg, cloves and black pepper accompany the roughness of the leather that creeps in between liquorice, molasses, tamarind and a hint of candied orange, again with chocolate and coffee peeping through and nuts in the background. With the addition of water, the citrus impressions increase with the appearance of herbaceous tones in the background, losing slightly in depth.
The finish is quite long and dry with red fruits, almonds, liquorice and vegetal notes.
I had found the Vina unbalanced, but here I have a whisky of quite different body and substance, rich and intense, which knows how to bring out the malt through the influence of the Sicilian wine casks. The gradation enhances the flavours and aromas, although I have a feeling that a longer maturation would give even more to the distillate.