Tastings – Issue 1 – Dunvilles 3 Crowns
After winning ‘best Irish single Malt (12 years and under)’ at the recent Irish Whiskey awards with their Dunvilles PX release let’s see how this follow-up
fares. Bottled at 43.5%.
John Moriarty Notes
and mum would bring fruit from town. Butterscotch is hanging delicately in the glass slow to present to the nose. Nutty Caramel lingers.
agreeable mouth feel. On the spirit side of the flavour feel.
of the day for me this is a 4pm one, this probable
makes no sense to anyone but myself.
Stuart Irvine Notes
is light but evident, with a little dark fruit gently
wrapped around the fresher notes. A slight hint of old oak comes through and this brings a certain richness to the nose. You get the sense that the higher strength has benefited this whiskey. A little stewed orange and light
pepper, which feels like it has arrived courtesy of the casks. This displays a great balance and you nearly forget it’s a blend you are nosing. All the while the spirit retains a nice intensity and with time the sherry has little more of a say with a dash of dried fruit.
spice take over. Light citrus orange, lemon and green apples. Pepper and clove are the main protagonists when it comes to the spice and these are backed up with a hint of dry wood spice. The sherry element is harder to
find, than on the nose, but appears towards the end in the merest of forms. The palate is all about the younger grain spirit, which is vibrant and challenging, in a good way. You need to take your time with this whiskey. Don’t
go rushing in to it as you would with a basic supermarket blend, allow it time to open and use a little water which will allow more of the
sweeter malt to shine through.
Bar Manager with 5* Park Hotel Kenmare, Co. Kerry for 34 years. Brings people to their ‘senses’ regularly conducts Whiskey Master Classes professionally within the hotel, the Dublin Bar Academy and throughout Ireland. Involved with the Whiskey school at Dingle Whiskey Distillery. Teaches but is a ‘Whiskey student for ever’ learning constantly from John C. McDougall, Rachel McNeill & Prof Paul Hughes. Has achieved a General Cert
in distillation with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
Stuart Irvine is a whiskey blogger based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since first getting into whiskey around 5 years ago Stuart has amassed an incredible knowledge of all whiskeys and he has since started up his own highly respected blog “Whisky Belfast”, is active on twitter as @Whisky_Belfast and contributes regularly on Facebook. Stuart regularly attends whiskey events
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