Nardini Grappa Bianca
Bortolo Nardini opened his distillery and grapperia, which is still used today, back in 1779. This makes it the oldest operating distillery in Italy! In 1964 a second distillery was opened in Monastier which, unlike it's older brother, practised continuous, vacuum distillation (pretty fancy for the '60s!).
To this day, the distillates from both sites are blended together to create Nardini's distinctive character, with this Bianca having been subsequently refined in stainless steel tanks for 12 months prior to bottling. It's Italy's best-selling premium grappa.
Nose: Quite fragrant with citrus and perfumed notes.
Palate: Drying with more of those floral and citrus notes supported by gentle spices.
Finish: Creamy and fragrant. Very pleasant indeed.
Too 'oily' for me
Really couldn't get on with this. A sort of oily, buttery taste, like a badly-oaked Chardonnay. Prefer something brighter and cleaner-tasting.
14th February 2015