Type: Italian Malt Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Pinot Noir
Added colouring: No
Owner: Atom Brands
Average price: € 90.00
Official website: www.thatboutiqueywhiskycompany.com
That Boutique-y is known for its unconventional bottlings, not so much for Emily Chappell’s labels (and stickers), but for its choice of whiskies and blends that often follow new and sometimes reckless paths.
So it should come as no surprise to find in their catalogue also an Italian whisky, from our Puni, whose original building (portrayed in a rather fanciful way) stands out on the label.
First edition of this 380-bottle small batch, a distillate of malted barley, rye and wheat with four years of ageing in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in an ex-Pinot noir cask. In this last step it is similar to Puni Nero.
The red, vinous notes of raspberries and wild strawberries are the first to emerge from the glass, accompanied by lychees, pink grapefruit, coconut, custard and almonds, all marked by an intense mineral vein. Tobacco and cereals form the background.
The palate starts with a light dose of pepper and cinnamon, followed by vanilla, green apple, sugar paste, cereal and a hint of red fruits. Herbaceous and vegetal notes along the length, with a hint of astringency.
The finish is not very long and dry with cereals, vanilla, red fruits, cinnamon and lemon zest.
Speaking of Puni Nero, I had expressed the doubt that an initial maturation other than an all in Pinot would have benefited the whisky, and this edition reinforces my thought: although not shining in complexity, the flavours are balanced and pleasant even if not incisive.
The path is intriguing but here still immature to show its full potential, as more recent expressions from the Italian distillery have amply demonstrated.