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Dunville's Born 1808 Reborn 2012

The Echlinville Distillery is proud to introduce this latest addition to the Dunville’s Irish Whiskey portfolio. At our conception we made a commitment to return Dunville’s to its rightful place among the premier whiskeys of the world.


Perfectly encompassing Echlinville’s ethos of tradition meets innovation, we present this perfect marriage of mature Irish Single Malt and exquisite Caribbean Rum.

Dunville's VR Rum Finish 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey with presentation box and awards logos on black

This exquisite presentation box has been carefully curated to reflect both Dunville’s rich heritage and the unique provenance of the rare rum casks in which the whiskey has been finished.


This exceptional whiskey has been masterfully finished in only eight speciality casks from the lost Port Mourant Estate Distillery in Guyana. Those casks previously nurtured an incredibly rare 41 year old Demerara Rum from the world’s last surviving double wooden pot still.


Founded in 1732, Port Mourant Estate produced some of the world’s finest Demerara Rums. Their casks were lined with rich dark molasses treacle, giving an intensity of flavour that new resonates almost half a century later through the nose, palate and finish of this rarest of whiskeys.

The perfect marriage of mature Irish Single Malt and exquisite Caribbean Rum, this whiskey is masterfully finished in some of the last remaining casks from the famous Port Mourant Estate Distillery

The Whiskey
Dunville's VR 18 Year Old Rum Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey bottle
Dunville's VR Very Rare Irish Whiskey Logo

Single Cask
Cask Strength 57% abv

Appearance – Pure liquid gold meets wild meadow honey.


Nose – The first impression is equilibrium, the balance between spirit, rum and wood notes is exceptional.


That subtle layering of sweet molasses over the magnificently clean barley leads into rich, oily, viscous aromas, a richness of red toffee apples, pear drops giving way to baked pear, sweet vanilla crème anglaise, and warm apple strudel. That same warmth that speaks to the cask strength of this whiskey, but with strength rather than burn.


There is no suggestion of youth anywhere on the nose, this whiskey speaks well of its age and maturity.


Palate – Perfect texture, sweet oak layered with dark treacle molasses, thick dark muscovado sugar with sweet wood vanilla. Stewed fruits, candied orange, verging on marmalade, with hints of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and luxurious rum ice cream.  Then comes the merest suggestion of smoke from the barrel char, and of old sun dried leather that adds even more richness, depth and complexity to the whiskey.


Finally those rum casks take over, with sticky toffee pudding, well done crème brȗlée, blue mountain latte, banana bread and rum ice cream carrying through to the finish. This is a whiskey that responds to warmth and develops in the glass.


Finish – Rich, oily and viscous, those sugars combine with the malts natural oils to coat the mouth quite sublimely with pure molasses, treacle and buttery barley.


Then there’s cream soda , candied orange, more wonderful banana bread and dark rum, and all the way through you have that perfect, breath-taking intertwingling of the molasses, the malt and that sweet oak, that reminds you in its last long lingering moments of the 18 years this whiskey has been waiting for this reveal, and so defines this magnificent whiskey.

Alongside this rarest of whiskeys, collectors can enjoy a sample of the 41 year old rum that was disgorged from the Port Mourant casks which gave this whiskey its intensity of flavour. An exciting proposition for any whiskey or rum collector