An Italian Malt Whisky aged five years in Sicilian Marsala casks.
The Puni Distillerie was founded in 2010 by the Ebensperger Family at the base of the Ortler Mountains in the Italian Alps near the small town of Glorenza in the Venosta valley. Two years later the Scottish copper-pot stills were installed in the ultra-modern, architectural cube that they call the distillery, the first drops of Italian Whiskey dripped off the stills, and the first bottles were released in 2015. They currently have four Malt Whiskies, all eagerly welcomed by a growing list of fans.
The Puni Italian Malt line consists of five editions of their signature Spirit. Puni Vina Italian Malt Whisky gets its name from the Marsala Vergine Wine casks used to age this fine Italian dram. True to form, those Marsala Wine casks came from Sicily — making this Spirit a true Italian classic. Five full years in those sweet casks brings out deep, earthy flavors with notes of honey and figs.
Smartass Corner: Marsala Wine is named for the city of Marsala, Sicily, where they have been making this sweet, fortified Wine for hundreds of years.
I really enjoyed this one. On the nose this was all raisins, with just a hint of oak behind it. The taste builds on this, adding more dried fruits, nuttiness, and spice. It's not unlike a fruitcake.
It could maybe benefit from a bit more time in the barrel, but this is a bottle I wouldn't mind having on my shelf (and makes me wonder if there are other Marsala finished whiskies out there.)
Pretty sweet, agree w the raisin & fig finishes. Not a bad whisky, but not my style personally
Very fruity and sweet, muted finish, no harsh notes on the nose.
Lots of raisins and figs
Day 2, really enjoyed this, but I am a big fan of whiskey aged in wine barrells. Gave a nice sweet flavor
Definitely cake. Raisins and nuts just like a nice fruit cake.
Very interesting - walnuts stood out the most strongly to me, with a little spiciness. The fig flavor was faintly noticeable after a few sips, but I didn’t really get anything else from the flavor spiral.
Day 2. A little spice and only mild sweetness. Decent.
Heavy raisin and a bit oily/gas on nose. The taste, however, was quite off-putting and unfortunately did not get better as it sat. Could be an “acquired” taste, but I dumped half my vial tasting.
Too much fig, not enough balance. To me, I just wasn’t a huge fan.
Not bad! Kind of alcohol-y for something that is supposed to be more smooth as advertised
More of a 7.5 here. Love the nose, and really like the raisin / walnut taste, really enjoy that front pallet of flavor without huge sweet or spice. Would be a solid 8 if not for a lingering floral tang that I'm not crazy about. Might have to try some more Italian whiskeys though!
Hard to discern specific flavors.
Love the nose. Definitely get the raisin. Reminds me of port wine. There is an unpleasant finish I can’t get over though
The raisin and spice flavor is really what came through for me, everything else listed in the flavor spiral was a complete miss. It tasted like Jack Daniels with raisins stored in the bottle.
Day two of Advent - Really liked the sweet honey and fig lingering after the first sip.
Nutty and fruity with that raisin and fig punching though.
Smooth and nutty
Bit of a burn. Nutty sweetness.
Not bad overall. The underlying fruitiness/nuttiness has a nice flavor that I want to like, but ends up a touch on the sweet side for me. At the same time, the alcohol burn is a bit harsh on the nose and tongue.
Definitely get nose of walnut and raisins as the flavor wheel suggests. A bit hot on the short finish. Interesting to taste, but not something I’d purchase.
Spicy, with a fruity nose and taste. Can definitely taste the Italian wine finish, but didn't get a lot of sweetness.
Second Day of Advent - Light and fruity. Detected hints on chocolate on the nose. Overall, a nice dram.
Advent Day 2 - scent of prune over barley. Taste is nutty with citrus spice on the finish. A bit too much alcohol burn for my taste.
I very much enjoyed trying this in my Advent box for the experience but won't be purchasing a bottle.
This flavor wheel was spot on. I found this thoroughly enjoyable. Sweet with fruit notes and a slight spicy finish that I enjoy. I have a feeling that is exactly what the master distiller was looking to make. Day 2 of the Advent calendar is a hit in my book.
Nose and primary flavor are definitely nutty, but subtle tones of dried fruit and just a touch of spice make it nicely well-rounded. Pleasant surprise.
Smooth and tasty. Easy to drink. Fruity aftertaste
I really like the unique complexity of this one!
Tasting a little fig and raisin both of which are fruits I don’t care for. Not bad but the flavors just aren’t for me.
I like this. It’s light and slightly fruity. It tastes like an Irish whisky and grappa had a baby. Smooth on the pallet and really easy drinking.
Flat yet appealing nose of dry fruit, sweet to smooth on tongue, with surprisingly tingly end more on lips
Day 2 Advent - Fruity and nutty - altogether enjoyable.
Good light whisky. Fairly tame profile with sweet fruits and honey
Smooth and good body. Light flavors
I'm REALLY loving this one! I mostly got the walnuts on the nose and then into the sweet, but mellow raisin/fig flavors. That deep, complex sweet without being cloying. For me the spicy and sweet notes on the end keep going back and forth. The spicy effects just start to fade, and then creep back up into the forefront. I'll definitely be looking for a bottle.
Definitely get the fruit tones. Nice taste and something a little different than your standard whiskey
Absolutely magical! The Flaviar profile is spot on; a variety of complex and contrasting aromas & flavors, all dancing together in delicate, balanced harmony.
Nice nose, walnuts but also caramel. The Marsala aging comes through clearly. Shortish finish but overall a tasty, festive, easy drinking, and upbeat sort of whiskey. My wife really liked it, we’ll look for a bottle next time we’re in Italy.
This has a distinctive scotch feel to it without the peat vibes. Definitely get the figs and raisins
Advent day 2 2020. I enjoyed this one. I get Reasons on the nose. I can taste the raisin in the walnut have a Leah and mouth with low ethanol or burn. Not a very long lingering aftertaste which is nice
Intense on the nose and a strong (but pleasant) nutty/raisin taste. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would!
Port and some rye like spiciness stood out more than the light nutty after taste to me
Very interesting whiskey. The nutty and fruity notes dominate and are quite enjoyable. The spice notes were unfortunately underwhelming
(Advent 2020, 2)
Interesting nose - spice & walnut.
I got flavors of spice & dried fruit (raisin & fig). The spice continued into a nice long finish.
Mild flavor notes. Good, not great whisky
Very interesting flavor with strong hints of dried fruit. Would drink again.
(Advent 2020 #2) Agree nose that seems more like tequila, or even a complete salted margarita. Interesting. Taste is malty, nutty. Long finish with a touch of spice.
Very intriguing nose that seems more like tequila, or even a complete salted margarita!
Really nice rich whiskey with quie a bit of depth. nutiness is great, but it's still easy to drink.
(Advent 2020 #2). Great warmth, nice bit of a sting. Malty forefront with hints of sweetness on the back end.
Fantastic whiskey from Italy that features port-like characteristics. This bottle is for you if you enjoy port, bold red wine, whiskey, and cigars. This whiskey is very versatile and bold fruit forward. Highly recommend.