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Dunville’s Exclusive Single Cask for Carry Out Killarney

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey is collaborating with key partners within the trade to produce a series of bespoke single cask bottlings.

The latest release from the Exclusive Single Cask Series has been bottled for Carry Out Killarney. Cask 1699 was selected by Carry Out owner John Fleming from among the finest casks in the Dunville’s warehouses, and approved by Graeme Millar from The Echlinville Distillery, proud custodians of Dunville’s Irish Whiskey.

This 14 Year Old Single Malt is finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask, bottled at cask strength 57.7% abv and limited to just 337 bottles. It will be available exclusively from Carry Out Killarney at 11am on Saturday 10 July 2021 priced €185. Each customer will also receive a limited edition Glencairn whiskey tasting glass, specially commissioned to accompany this single cask release.

This bottling for Carry Out Killarney follows The Palace Bar’s 20 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish release and is the second in a series of bespoke bottlings by Dunville’s Irish Whiskey for selected retailers, hospitality venues and key trade partners.

To purchase Cask 1699 visit http://www.carryoutkillarney.ie/ or call 00353 (0) 646622588.

*Please note this release will not be available from Dunville’s Irish Whiskey or The Echlinville Distillery.

Matt D’Arcy Old Irish Whiskey joins Echlinville portfolio

We are delighted to welcome the historic Matt D’Arcy Irish Whiskey brand to Echlinville’s portfolio of award-winning whiskeys.

The Echlinville Distillery and Newry based Matt D’Arcy & Co Limited have forged an alliance that will see Echlinville mature, bottle and market Matt D’Arcy’s Old Irish Whiskey and grow the brand in the global Irish whiskey market.

Famous Newry Whiskey

Founded in Newry, Co. Down in 1817, Matt. D’Arcy’s was revived by Newry man Michael McKeown in 2020. It is the latest heritage whiskey brand to join the Echlinville line up.

Matt D’Arcy’s will sit alongside our award winning Dunville’s Irish Whiskey range and the recently restored Old Comber Pot Still Irish Whiskey. The move sees three of Ireland’s most historic ‘lost’ whiskey brands brought under Echlinville’s guardianship.

Echlinville Distillery owner Shane Braniff said, “We are delighted to welcome Matt D’Arcy’s into the Echlinville family and we look forward to sharing the story and celebrating the legacy of this proud Co. Down whiskey with our customers around the world.

“I have long had a passion for old Irish whiskey brands, particularly those from Co. Down, so I have followed with interest the revival of Matt D’Arcy Irish Whiskey over the past few years.

“At Echlinville, we know from first-hand experience the hard work, passion and dedication that goes in to restoring a historic name like Matt D’Arcy’s, and in doing so in a way that respects and celebrates the brand’s proud heritage. I congratulate Michael McKeown and his team at Matt D’Arcy & Co. Ltd in Newry for everything they have done to bring back this historic whiskey and we welcome Michael’s continued input into the future of the brand about which he is hugely passionate. We have also offered Michael our technical support as he pursues the redevelopment of the Old Distillery site in Newry in line with his vision to restore distilling to the city where Matt D’Arcy Whiskey was born.”

Shane Braniff, Echlinville Distillery

“Michael has written a wonderful book telling the great story of Matt D’Arcy and old Newry whiskeys. The book will be available from our Distillery shop alongside Matt D’Arcy’s Whiskey. The spirit and presentation of Matt D’Arcy’s Irish Whiskey are exceptional and it will make a worthy addition to the Echlinville portfolio.”

Irish Whiskey Heritage

Echlinville are proud custodians of the iconic Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand and recently revived the famous Old Comber Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Speaking about the role of heritage brands in the Irish whiskey sector, Shane continued: “These old Irish whiskey brands are hugely important. Throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries they built an industry that was the envy of the world, and now their revival is playing an important role in the resurgence of that industry. In our view, names like Matt D’Arcy, Dunville’s and Old Comber deserve to be part of the Irish whiskey renaissance.”

Matt D’Arcy & Co. Newry

Michael McKeown owner of Matt D’Arcy & Co. Ltd. said: “Having grown up in the production and selling of alcoholic drinks, I have the greatest respect for Shane Braniff at Echlinville, whose passion and enthusiasm for Irish whiskey heritage matches my own.

“Echlinville’s brands are now widely sold across Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world. When Shane offered to bring Matt D’Arcy’s along the path to international recognition, I was only too happy to entrust the brand into his care and I look forward to seeing it grow on the worldwide whiskey stage.

“The high cost of breaking into foreign markets is the biggest barrier to a small producer like Matt D’Arcy’s. Collaborating with an established player such as Echlinville will propel the brand towards future growth.

“With this boost to our fortunes where Echlinville creates markets for the D’Arcy brand, we can turn our resources to developing the ‘Old Distillery’ site in Monaghan Street, Newry. Having acquired, in October 2020, the adjoining property at Corry Square, a revised application has been submitted to Building Control and the result is awaited before drawing up and issuing final tendering documentation.”

Shane Braniff concluded: “Michael McKeown’s passion for Matt D’Arcy, Irish whiskey and the city of Newry is palpable. All of us at Echlinville and Matt D’Arcy share the same sense of pride in our Co. Down roots and the role this part of the world played in Ireland’s proud whiskey heritage. With Matt D’Arcy, Dunville’s and Old Comber now under Echlinville’s guardianship, we look forward to putting Co. Down back on the world whiskey map.”

Matt D’Arcy’s Irish Whiskey is coming soon to The Echlinville Distillery online shop. For trade sales inquiries please contact stephenm@echlinville.com

Old Comber Whiskey revived

We are proud to announce the revival of the famous Old Comber Irish Whiskey brand after a near 70 year absence.

One of the original Irish whiskey giants, Old Comber Whiskey was founded in 1825 and produced at the Comber Distilleries, which were located just ten miles from where Echlinville now stands.

Comber Distilleries fell silent in 1953 and Old Comber joined the list of Ireland’s lost whiskeys. In testament to our continued commitment to put Co. Down back on the world whiskey map, we are unveiling our first release of Old Comber Irish Pot Still Whiskey – a pot still blend finished in Ruby Port casks and bottled at 46% abv and retailing at £45 RRP.

County Down roots

Old Comber was one of Ireland’s most celebrated whiskey brands. Famed for more than a century for its quality and bold flavour, its loss was lamented by whiskey enthusiasts around the world.

Anyone who knows Echlinville will know that we are incredibly proud of our roots. From rolling barley fields to huge malting houses and one of the largest distilleries in Ireland, County Down and the area around Strangford Lough in particular, has a strong whiskey heritage. Comber and its distilleries was widely regarded as the home of double distilled pot still whiskey.

We are honoured to bring Old Comber Whiskey back to its County Down homeland. In homage to the brand’s origins, our first release is a premium blend of pot still whiskeys, predominantly double distilled here at Echlinville, just ten miles from where the Comber Distilleries once stood.

Finish and flavour

Old Comber was renowned for its port and sherry cask finishes. In honour of that tradition, this new release has been aged in American Oak and Bourbon casks in the Echlinville warehouse and finished in the finest Ruby Port casks.

Deep amber in colour, this whiskey boasts notes of fresh vanilla pods, toffee apples and Battenburg cake on the nose. On the palate, a creamy pot still mouthfeel with treacle toffee, apple tarte tatin spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, opening up to rosewater, raspberries and cream. Those toffee and spice notes continue through to a medium finish with pecan nuts fading out to mellow oak tannins and sweet spice in its final notes. This limited release stays true to the Old Comber name and marks a new chapter in the story of Old Comber, Echlinville and the ongoing Irish whiskey revival.

Old Comber and Dunville’s

At Echlinville we are also custodians of the famous Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand. Another giant of Irish whiskey history, we revived Dunville’s in 2012 and have gone on to restore it to its rightful place among the world’s best whiskeys.

This corner of Ireland has a great story to tell in terms of its role in Ireland’s whiskey heritage. If Dunville’s was The Spirit of Belfast then Old Comber, one of its closest whiskey neighbours, was the spirit of County Down. In fact, both brands featured in BBC2’s recent Whiskey Talkin’ programme, which explored the history of Irish whiskey, the Dunville’s return and our collaboration with Fionnán O’Connor to recreate the original Old Comber mash bill – a whiskey that we hope to release when it reaches the seven year mark.

These old brands are hugely important. Throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they built an industry that was the envy of the world. Their revival will play an important part in the resurgence of that industry. In our view, names like Dunville’s and Old Comber deserve to be part of the Irish whiskey renaissance.

Dunville’s and Old Comber dominated whiskey production in the north of Ireland, but they had much more in common than huge distilleries and vast warehouses. In 1872 James Bruce was a director in Dunville’s and his brother Samuel Bruce, whose initials feature on the Old Comber bottle, was the owner of Comber Distilleries. We like to think that in reviving both historic brands, we are not only restoring a cornerstone of Northern Ireland’s distilling history but are in some way reuniting the Bruce brothers, at least in spirit.

Five awards at San Francisco Spirits Competition

We are delighted to announce that The Echlinville Distillery has won five awards at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – one of the drinks industry’s most prestigious and influential contests.

Our Dunville’s Irish Whiskey portfolio scooped four awards including Double Gold Medals for Dunville’s Three Crowns and Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Single Malt. The Double Gold Medal is awarded only to those spirits rated as exceptional by every member of the competition’s esteemed judging panel. Double Gold Medal winners are considered to be among the finest spirits in the world.

Dunville’s Three Crowns Peated and Weavers Irish Gin were both awarded a Gold Medal, meaning they are ‘near the pinnacle of achievement’ and set the standard for spirits in their category.

Dunville’s 1808 Blended Irish Whiskey was awarded a Silver Medal reserved for ‘outstanding spirits that show refinement, finesse and complexity’.

Global Recognition

Speaking about our latest awards success, distillery owner Shane Braniff said: “The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is held in high esteem throughout the global drinks industry. A San Francisco medal is a recognised indicator of exceptional quality and craftmanship, so to win five medals is a huge honour for all of us here at Echlinville.

“We pride ourselves in the quality and integrity of our products and the passion and professionalism of our team, so it is wonderful to see this recognised by the competition’s judging panel, which includes some of the spirits industry’s most respected and experienced experts.

“These medals bring our tally of global awards and accolades to 45, which is quite an achievement for our independent family-run distillery. Each award is an indication of the high esteem in which Echlinville held in the global spirits industry, which has traditionally been dominated by big multi-national brands.

“As we seek to increase our international presence – particularly in the Irish Whiskey sector, which is the world’s fastest growing spirits category – these awards will further strengthen our brands at home in Ireland and across key export markets. We are delighted with this latest awards success and hope it will help us to introduce The Echlinville Distillery and Dunville’s Irish Whiskey to new followers and spirits enthusiasts around the world.”

Introducing Dunville’s 1808 Blended Irish 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 www.dunvilleswhiskey.com

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey unveils fourth PX Cask Strength release

We are expanding ouraward winning Dunville’s Irish Whiskey portfolio with the release of its latest PX Cask Strength Single Cask bottling.

Cask 1710

Dunville’s PX Cask Strength 12 Year Old Single Malt Cask 1710 is the fourth PX Cask Strength expression from the Dunville’s Single Cask Series. Finished in the finest Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, bottled at 56.9% abv and limited to just 354 bottles, it will be available exclusively from our online shop from 8pm on Friday 26 February priced £112.

This is the fourth Cask Strength expression of our award winning 12 Year Old PX whiskey and the newest addition to our Single Cask Series, which showcases the very best whiskeys from our Dunville’s warehouses. Each release from the Single Cask Series offers something different, with every cask bottled at its optimum strength to deliver the stunning palate and rich mouthfeel that is synonymous with The Spirit of Belfast.

PX Sherry Cask Finish

“Since the release of our Dunville’s PX 10 Year Old back in 2012 – the whiskey with which we revived the iconic Dunville’s brand – the PX sherry cask finish has become our best known expression and is something that we do very well. Almost a year to the day since the release of our first PX Cask Strength expression, the PX finish is now a firm fixture in our Single Cask Series and has been very well received within the Irish whiskey family. As the Single Cask Series continues to evolve, we look forward to future Pedro Ximénez cask releases with some interesting twists and impressive age statements.”

Jarlath Watson, The Echlinville Distillery, Custodians of Dunville’s Irish Whiskey

This release will be limited to a maximum of two bottles per customer. Any additional bottles purchased will be voided and refunded accordingly. As demand for the Single Cask Series releases continues to grow, multi-bottle purchases have been limited in the interest of fairness. We hope you will understand the reason for this decision and will continue to support us on our journey to restoring The Spirit of Belfast to its rightful place among the premier whiskeys of the world.

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey in triple win at World Whiskies Awards

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey has won three accolades at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards.

We at The Echlinville Distillery are custodians of the iconic Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand, which picked up two category wins and one bronze medal at the esteemed awards.

Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old won it’s third consecutive World Whiskies Award, picking up the title of Best Irish Single Malt 12 Years and Under. Its cask strength cousin, Dunville’s PX 12 Cask Strength, was named Best Irish Single Cask Single Malt Aged 12 Years and Under, while the 18 Year Old Palo Cortado Sherry Finish won Bronze in the Irish Single Cask Single Malt Aged 13-20 category.

World’s best whiskeys

This is the latest in a series of accolades for Dunville’s, which has scooped major category wins at the World Whiskies Awards every year since 2015, further cementing Dunville’s place among the best whiskies of the world.

The World Whiskies Award select, reward and promote the highest quality whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe. They are judged by an international panel of whiskey experts.

Dunville’s 20 Year Old Oloroso & PX Sherry Casks Finish launch

We are expanding our Dunville’s Irish Whiskey portfolio with the release of a new limited cask strength bottling from the Single Cask Series.

Cask 1717 is an exceptional 20 Year Old Irish Single Malt finished in the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks. Bottled at Cask Strength 54.8% abv and limited to a Single Cask of just 290 bottles.

It will be available from our online distillery shop on Friday 11 December 2020 at 20:20hrs (8.20pm) priced £225.

This release will be limited to a maximum of two bottles per customer. Any additional bottles purchased will be voided and you will be refunded accordingly.*

New Single Cask Expression

Oloroso PX is a new expression for the Single Cask Series. It is also the first 20 year old whiskey and the eldest age statement in the Dunville’s portfolio. The influence of the twin sherry casks are wonderfully balanced, with  juicy, syrupy sweetness from the Pedro Ximénez perfectly enveloping the stunning depth and dryness of the Oloroso.

Robust, chewy and rich, with initial notes of stewed pears, overly ripened soft red apples, candied orange peel, dark chocolate and Kirsch soaked Black Forest Gateau.

Then raisins, prunes, apricot, roasted nuts. Think Christmas pudding drizzled in fig syrup, giving way to an array of warming winter spices, liquorice, stem ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon, all caressed in old leather, cocoa and wonderful dark muscovado treacle.

Dunville’s Single Cask Series

The Single Cask Series showcases the very best whiskeys from Dunville’s warehouses, with each cask bottled at its optimum strength to deliver the stunning palate and rich mouthfeel that has become synonymous with The Spirit of Belfast.

Cask 1717 will also be available from selected retailers from Saturday 12 December (Celtic Whiskey Shop, Fairleys Wines Coleraine, Irish Malts and The Vineyard Belfast)

Dunville’s PX Cask Strength third release

We are expanding our award winning Dunville’s Irish Whiskey portfolio with the release of its latest PX Cask Strength Single Cask bottling.

Dunville’s PX Cask Strength 12 Year Old Single Malt Cask 1703 is the third PX Cask Strength expression from the Dunville’s Single Cask Series. Finished in the finest Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, bottled at 58.2% abv and limited to just 334 bottles, it will be available exclusively from our online shop from 8pm on Friday 20 November priced £112.

Dunville’s Single Cask Series

This is the third Cask Strength expression of our award winning 12 Year Old PX whiskey and the newest addition to our Single Cask Series, which showcases the very best whiskeys from our warehouses.

Each release from the Single Cask Series offers something different, with every cask bottled its optimum strength to deliver the stunning palate and rich mouthfeel that Dunville’s customers expect and deserve.

“Bottled at an impressive 58.2% abv – our highest strength release to date – Cask 1703 boasts notes of stewed orchard fruits, deep caramelised and syrupy stone fruits, rich warming spices and that signature Dunville’s PX candied orange grace note. It really is Christmas in a glass. It’s the perfect whiskey for the festive season.”

Jarlath Watson, The Echlinville Distillery, Custodians of Dunville’s Irish Whiskey

Pedro Ximénez sherry cask finish

Since the release of our Dunville’s PX 10 Year Old back in 2012 – the whiskey with which we revived the iconic Dunville’s brand – the PX sherry cask finish has become our best known expression and is something that we do very well. Dunville’s PX Cask Strength whiskeys are now a firm fixture in our Single Cask Series and have been very well received within the Irish whiskey family. As the Single Cask Series continues to evolve, we look forward to future Pedro Ximénez cask releases with some interesting twists and impressive age statements.

Tasting Notes

Nose – An initial hit of pears, first pear drops, then stewed pears going on to pear Tatin as the caramelised brown sugars come in. This is held in balance with lighter notes of fresh apricots, white peach and ripe grapes. Then the more familiar Dunville’s PX12 grace notes of stewed apples and candied orange, together with marzipan, nutmeg and dark chocolate.

Palate – Again, it’s starts off all about those deeply caramelised stewed orchard fruits, apples and pears, before the sherry cask starts to impose itself an array of dark stone fruits and spices; prunes, dates and raisins, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. And all the way though interlaced with orange peel, oak char and clean malt.

Finish – Rich and intense, syrupy and sweet. When those dark fruits and muscovado sugars finally subside we are treated to the final glorious encore of warm tongue tingling spices.

Overall – Stewed orchard fruits, deep caramelised and syrupy stone fruits, candied orange zest and rich warming spices. This is Christmas in a glass.

New Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Finish from Dunville’s Irish Whiskey

We are pleased to announce the latest release from Dunville’s Irish Whiskey Single Cask Series – an 18 year old single malt finished in rare Palo Cortado sherry cask.

Dunville’s 18 Year Old Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Finish Whiskey Cask 1211 is bottled at Cask Strength 54% abv, it is limited to just 318 individually numbered bottles. It will be available from The Echlinville Distillery online shop from 8pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020 and also from selected retailers RRP £199.

Single Cask Series

Finished for almost three years in the finest Palo Cortado Sherry Cask, this whiskey is packed with notes of chocolate candied oranges, caramelised crème brulée, ripe orchard fruits, citrus zest and a hint of Christmas spices – nutmeg, cinnamon and toasted almonds. Cask 1211 takes its place proudly in the Single Cask Series alongside Dunville’s earlier Palo Cortado releases, both of which sold out within a few hours of their release earlier this year.

“When we revived the Dunville’s whiskey brand in 2012 we did so with the promise not to compromise in our desire to produce the finest whiskeys conceivable. Our Single Cask Series is central to that ethos, showcasing the very best whiskeys in the Dunville’s warehouses and featuring exceptional Irish whiskey, uncompromised and bottled at its optimum strength to deliver both a stunning palate and wonderful, luxurious mouthfeel.

Jarlath Watson, The Echlinville Distillery, Custodians of Dunville’s Irish Whiskey

Palo Cortado Sherry Casks

This release is our third Palo Cortado Sherry Finish Cask expression. Palo Cortado is in itself a rare type of sherry which starts ageing as a Fino or an Amontillado. During the ageing process, the flor becomes damaged or dries off, meaning the sherry ages oxidatively. Palo Cortado Sherry features the crispness of Amontillado and the full bodied sweetness of an Olorosso. While there are many sherry finished whiskeys out there, very few are finished in Palo Cortado casks, so we are delighted that Palo Cortado cask finishes are now a firm fixture in our Single Cask Series.

We firmly believe that each offering from the Single Cask Series further enhances Dunville’s global reputation for excellence and helps us take another step towards restoring ‘The Spirit of Belfast’ to its rightful place among the world’s best whiskeys.

Dunville’s 18 Year Old Palo Cortado Sherry Finish Single Cask Whiskey, Cask 1211 is priced £199 and available from The Echlinville Distillery and at selected retailers.