New Release / Puni Distillery Release the First Ever Italian Single Malt

27/11/2015 Puni Distillery Release the First Ever Italian Single Malt

JOHN DEWAR & SONS LAUNCHES ABERFELDY® 16 YEARS OLD 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 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