Taking its name from the nearby Puni river that flows through the Venosta valley the Puni Distillery in "The Italian Highlands" town of Glorenza is Italy's first malt whisky producer. The stunning distillery combines Scottish tradition with state of the art technology to exercise the utmost control and consistency over the distillation process. The pure Apline waters and wide temperature swings make this an ideal place for whisky production. The end result is a range of whiskies that have racked up many gold medals and high scores from numberous publicatios and competitions. The Alba bottling ages up in the finenst Marsala casks from Sicily and is then finished in Islay casks imparting a gentle peat. Notes from the distillery: ALBA is a winter whisky. The nose and taste has lovely aromas of dark fruit, plum jam and christmas spices. The first impression is very warm and engaging with the fruity flavours slowly giving way to aromas of pepper, nuts and herbs. All of these are complemented by a gentle mist of peat that engulfs the winey notes, but never becomes too overpowering.
This whisky is a harmonious combination of the rich & fruity flavours of Italy and the distinctive smoky character of the Scottish island.
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By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
You could be forgiven for thinking this was Islay Scotch at the first nosing. It smells like a lighter version of Caol Ila - fruity and smoky, but a little more fruity and a little less smoky. It's a very enticing nose. The color is a stunning goldenrod. The flavor is also shockingly like Caol Ila, but with a much more complex grain component and a sweeter profile, like butter creamed with brown sugar and granola. If you love Islay malt, this is a perfect addition to your whisky collection.
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