If you go back 200 years or so, there was no Irish Whiskey as heralded or sought after as Dunville’s; its rarity and popularity ensured it could seldom be found. But after an 80-year absence, the Dunville’s brand has risen from the ashes and been brought into serious contention amongst the ‘big Irish Whiskey boys,’ by Echlinville distillery. The ‘1808,’ named for the year Dunville’s was founded in Belfast and one of the distillery’s key remarks about the Dunville’s brand is that they are bringing back the ‘Spirit of Belfast. A blend of malt, grain and pot still whiskeys. Strong and uncompromising, bold and confident, charming and honest like the city of its birth.
Nose: Initial burst of sweet vanilla leads to crisp orchard fruits, apples and pears. Then lemon curd, leading on to candied Lemon peel over notes of clean malt.
Palate: Soft and creamy mouthfeel, buttery, with ripened citrus and baked biscuit, coming together in a burst of fresh lemon meringue, followed by a wisp of char and white pepper.
Finish: Slight hints of dry smoke linger and intertwine with the juicier fruit notes, carrying through to a finish of sweet spice.