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Introducing Dunville’s 1808 Blended Irish Whiskey

Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 Whiskey

We are proud to unveil Dunville’s 1808 – a new blend from Dunville’s Irish Whiskey which tastes great neat, with a mixer or in a classic cocktail.

Dunville’s 1808 is a modern blend of malt, grain and pot still whiskeys. The latest release from The Spirit of Belfast boasts notes of vanilla, apples, pears, candied lemon peel and sweet spices – vivacious and full of character, like the city of its birth.

The name 1808 pays homage to the year Dunville’s Irish Whiskey was founded in Belfast, from where it went on to become one of the world’s most famous whiskeys.

Old Story, New Chapter

The launch of Dunville’s 1808 marks a new and exciting chapter in the Dunville’s story, a story that has spanned more than two centuries. Strong, uncompromised, bold, confident and honest, it celebrates all that is great about our city and our whiskey.

We revived Dunville’s Whiskey back in 2012 with a commitment to reintroduce this iconic Belfast brand to a new generation of whiskey drinkers. The expansion of our core range of single malt and vintage blend whiskeys and cask strength releases from the Dunville’s Single Cask Series have earned us a loyal following among whiskey enthusiasts and won more than 20 global awards along the way.

An everyday whiskey

Until now our focus has very much been on the super and ultra-premium end of the market. Dunville’s 1808 will give us a strong presence in the premium category. Everything, from the liquid to the label and the serve suggestions to the price tag, has been formulated with a broad customer base in mind. It is aimed at those who want to experience the great flavour and quality of Dunville’s Irish Whiskey in a more accessible offering.

It is a great option for everyone, from the ‘whiskey connoisseur’ who can enjoy it as an everyday sipper, to the ‘whiskey curious’ who want to try Irish Whiskey but aren’t quite sure where to start. We very much see 1808 as a gateway to the Dunville’s range and we hope it will introduce the brand to a much wider audience.

“Dunville’s 1808 tastes great the traditional way – neat or in the company of a pint. But it’s equally good in a classic cocktail or served long with ginger ale and a wedge of lime. Ginger ale was invented in Belfast, so it is a perfect pairing for a whiskey that is, at its heart, Belfast and proud.”

Jarlath Watson, Dunville’s Irish Whiskey and The Echlinville Distillery

The historic Spirit of Belfast

1808 is a celebration of Belfast and Dunville’s legacy in this great city. Founded in 1808 and produced at The Royal Irish Distilleries on the Grosvenor Road, Dunville’s put Belfast on the world whiskey map. The Dunville family made a huge contribution to the city by way of employment, housing, educational scholarships. They even founded a football team and provided the land and money to build the city’s first public park.

Unfortunately, the distillery fell silent in 1936 and Dunville’s was feared gone for good, until the brand was revived by The Echlinville Distillery in 2012. Since then, we have been on a journey towards restoring Dunville’s to its rightful place among the premier whiskeys of the world. A journey that continues with the launch of Dunville’s 1808.

Dunville’s 1808 Blended Irish Whiskey is bottled at 40% abv. Priced at £33 / €38 RRP it is available via retailers throughout the Republic of Ireland, from Total Wine & More in the USA and from The Echlinville Distillery online shop Distributed in Ireland by Hi-Spirits Ireland. For more visit

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