Industry News: PUNI Announce The Launch of the First Ever Single Malt Whisky in Italy
Glorenza 11/2015 – PUNI Distillery, the first whisky distillery in Italy, are proud to announce the release of the first Italian Single Malt Whisky. Established in 2010, PUNI Distillery started distilling in February 2012. The spirit was then left to quietly mature in the warehouses for over three years, until it was finally bottled as single malt and launched at the end of October 2015.
"After nurturing our special liquid for so many years, we are very proud to be finally able to share our new Italian-born whisky with the world", commented Mr Jonas Ebensperger, one of the founders of the familyrun business. "We put all our hearts into the making this whisky and we are very excited to give whisky lovers all over the world a chance to taste it."
Located in the heart of the Italian Alps in South Tyrol, PUNI Distillery use locally sourced grain, pure mountain spring water and traditional Scottish copper pot stills to create their whisky. Due to considerable seasonal temperature variations, the Italian Single Malt Whisky matures much faster than other whiskies in other parts of the world, acquiring complex aromas even at a young age. To showcase the variety and complexity of flavours, PUNI distillery have released two expressions with completely different taste profiles:
Nova, meaning “new” in latin, is a wonderfully delicate yet spicy single malt with warming and sweet aromas of honey, banana and vanilla. Matured for three years in American Ex-Bourbon barrels, PUNI Nova was then finished in European oak casks.
Meaning “dawn” in Italian, but also “Scotland” in Scots Gaelic, PUNI Alba offers a complex bouquet of candy fruits, sultanas and exotic fruits entwined with warm, reassuring hints of smoke. PUNI Alba was matured for more than two years in Marsala dessert wine casks and one year in ex-Islay casks. This mouth-watering combination of the fruity flavours of Italy and the smoky notes of the Scottish island match harmoniously.
THE ITALIAN MALT WHISKY
The quality of the liquid inside is reflected in the luxury packaging specially designed by up-and-coming Italian designer Christian Zanzotti. “With a background in industrial design, including cars, furniture and luxury goods, Zanzotti fully embraced this project and delivered a fantastic design, which we love and which we hope our consumers will too” added Mr Ebensperger.
To commemorate the birth of the very first Italian single malt, PUNI Distillery have released 977 individually numbered and hand-signed bottles from the first batch., which were bottled at 54% ABV. The first-edition bottles were released on the 29th October 2015 and are available exclusively from PUNITALIA Online Shop throughout Italy and at the PUNI Visitor Centre.
Batch No. 02/2015, which was released shortly after and bottled at 43% ABV, is also available from PUNITALIA Online Shop, selected resellers throughout Italy, France and Germany. For more information on where to buy please visit www.puni.com. For any distribution enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
honey | banana | vanilla
1st Edition | batch 01/2015
700ml 54%vol. RRP 126,00 EUR
700ml 43%vol. RRP 59,00 EUR
dark fruit | peat | cloves
1st Edition | batch 01/2015
700ml 54%vol. RRP 154,00 EUR
700ml 43%vol. RRP 74,00 EUR
ABOUT PUNI DISTILLERY
PUNI distillery is Italy's first whisky distillery and lies in South Tyrol at the feet of the Italian alps. The ancient raetic name is taken from the nearby river Puni. The pure alpine water, locally sourced grains, traditional copper pot stills from Scotland and bespoke maturation warehouses are the main elements for the creation of the first Italian Single Malt Whisky.
The distillery was envisioned and designed as a 13-metre high cube. The eye-catching design of the outer hull with offset red bricks is inspired by the traditional building style of barn windows in the region and reflects the harmonious interplay of tradition and modernity at PUNI Distillery. The whisky is produced inside the cube, below ground level. Each year the distilleries Visitor Center attracts many visitors from around the world, who can explore the production areas and learn all about Italy’s first single malt whisky. For inquiries regarding visits or tours please contact email@example.com