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Puni Alba 43%

Batch 1/ 3 Year old Spirit aged in Marsala Casks and finished in ex-Islay Casks

Tasted: Apr 2016

Nose: Interesting, youthful and very malty. It reminds me of a Dutch malt-wine with sweet barley, honey and a winey, sup Grappa-like note. A touch of buttery oak appears along with what feels like a little rye spice.

Palate: Crisper and edgy with more earthy rye-like notes and hints of sweet barley and youthful Grappa-like spirit. Subtly, dusty spiced with building whisky notes and a suggestion of oak.

Finish: Good length, if a little dry and subtly smoky with malt biscuits and dark rye-like notes.

Conclusion: A curious and entertaining dram. I would have like to have seen a little more balancing oak character on the palate.


Puni Nova 43%

Batch 1/ 3 Year old spirit aged in American and European White Oak

Tasted: Mar 2016

Nose: Very estery, summery and aromatic with pineapple, banana and fresh barley. Creamy American oak mingles with some tighter grainier oak tannins. Late hints of grass and lime.

Palate: A little weak and underpowered, but pleasantly citric with lime, barley and vanilla. Again there’s some taught, grainy tannins which come through on the middle.

Finish: Good, crisp, slightly alcoholic finish with lingering barley and grass.

Conclusion: Lovely aromas, but unfortunately the palate lets it down and lacks the promise or complexity of the nose. Definitely work in progress.