Dunville’s 1808 Tasting Notes
Blended Irish Whiskey
Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin (@mark_rye)
Dunville’s Irish Whisky was originally created by Dunville & Co of Belfast in 1837 and was produced right up until they closed their doors in 1937. Interestingly, once one of Irelands most revered distilleries, Dunville & Co had survived prohibition and were the only Irish Distillery to close while still in profit, although the shareholders may have seen the writing was on the wall for Irish Whiskey as the decline in sales was nowhere near stopping at this point.
Today the brand is held by its self-proclaimed custodians Echlinville Distillery in Co. Down, first reappearing as a blend in 2013, the brand has gone on to win multiple World Whisky Awards for its 10y Year Old and 12 Year Old PX finish releases, but in 2021 a new whiskey entered the fold. Dunville’s 1808 is named for the date the Dunville’s Whisky name was born and is now the flagship product of Echlinville’s Dunville’s range. Although Echlinville distillery has been distilling since 2013, the Dunville’s range is made up of sourced whiskeys, although this for the first time contains a small proportion of Echlinville distilled pot still, along other malt, grain and pot still components, matured in a selection of bourbon and new oak casks.
Deep straw with a gold hue.
Lovely citrusy opening with lemon peels a sugary note of pear drops and luscious vanilla. It’s quite buttery, almost like lemon meringue on a buttery biscuit bases. Little touches of peppery spice are clear with a lovely light hint of smoke, like singed kindling.
Palate & Finish
Sweet peat with a burst of vanilla pod and something like sandalwood spice. The lemon peel, almost like lemon oils follows from the nose and you get a depth of luscious boiled sweets, like green apple drops. The back palate settles with distinct pepper and light smoke, it’s almost got an essence of smokey lemon & lime soda.
The premium blend category is among the most competitive out there but I think this is a winner. It’s got lots of depth, it’s well balanced and it has a clear DNA, the palate and the nose work in tangent with each other. It versatile enough that I’m sure it would work well in a cocktail and overall it’s very drinkable. And again, a nice hint of peat. I’ll put it this way, It won’t last long in my house.
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