Dunvilles 20 year old Single Cask James Fox’s Cask No. 1206 Tasting Notes
Dunville’s Irish Whiskey 20 year old Single Cask James Fox’s Cask No. 1206
Sourced/The Echlinville Distillery
Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin.
In recent years the Echlinville Distillery, custodians of the Dunville’s brand, have released several impeccable single cask releases to remarkable acclaim in the Irish market. Most have been 18-20 years old taken from their vast stocks of mature double distilled Cooley malt distillate which they transfer into various sherry casks and they take great pride in sourcing some of the best. A number of casks are now selected each year by their illustrious tasting panel, including some of Irelands most revered palates in Stephen Magennis and Jarlath Watson, to be offered to select partners in pubs & retailers across the world.
This particular cask was then picked out from the distillery’s offering by Yiorgos Manesis, Managing Director, of James Fox’s Whiskey & Cigar store in Dublin, undeniably Ireland’s most luxurious whiskey shop. I’ll assume it had initially matured an ex-bourbon cask before being finished in this Palo Cortado sherry casks for 3 years and 9 months before bottling at cask strength. The cask yielded 323 bottles.
There’s an elegance to it, it’s got distinct spirit character with a wonderfully sweet sherry note immediately but they’re perfectly intertwined. It’s abundantly fruity with candied mango, apricots and sweet grapes all covered in a brandy like richness that’s balanced by a warming oak character. There’s sweet tobacco notes with warm brioche toasted drizzled in maple syrup and dusted with cinnamon.
Palate & Finish
Full bodied and incredibly round, coating the palate while bursting with those distinct apricot notes following from the nose. The oak wraps the palate with a touch of tannin, clove oils and a touch of linseed. There’s shortbread biscuits filled with figs and berry compote with a balancing bitter chocolate coated in orange peels dragging the length right to the back of the palate. It ends with a flurry of soft spices, warm fudge and crushed nuts.
Incredibly complex, rounded and textured. There’s just huge amounts of flavour delivery here, it’s on the dryer side with wood influence in abundance and huge amounts of spice. It’s would definitely fit the bill of a ‘big’ whiskey. I’d highly recommended tasting this at the very least!
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