New 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey Finished In Rum Cask Goes Top Shelf - The Whiskey Wash

New 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey Finished In Rum Cask Goes Top Shelf

By Nino Marchetti / October 18, 2019

In the realm of top shelf Irish whiskey these days, one normally thinks of more premium releases from the likes of Midleton and Teeling as setting the higher price point bar. Other Irish distilleries and brands dial into this area on occasion as well, with one recent example being the new Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey, according to those behind it, heralds from the Echlinville Distillery, which is located in County Down, Northern Ireland. What one has here is an older Irish whiskey that’s been finished for a spell in casks “from the lost Port Mourant Estate Distillery in Guyana – casks that previously nurtured an exceptional 41 year old Demerara Rum from the world’s last surviving double wooden pot still.”

“Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish is the perfect marriage of mature Irish Single Malt and exquisite Caribbean Rum,” said Jarlath Watson from The Echlinville Distillery in a prepared statement, “having been masterfully finished in some of the last remaining casks from the famous Port Mourant Estate Distillery.

Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish

Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish (image via Echlinville Distillery)

“Founded in 1732, the Port Mourant Estate Distillery produced some of the world’s finest Demerara Rums. Each of their casks was lined with rich dark molasses treacle before being filled with rum from their iconic wooden still.”

This cask strength (57% ABV) limited release, now part of Dunville’s Very Rare range, is presented in a collector’s box that also happens includes a sample of the 41 year old rum that was disgorged from the Port Mourant casks before Echlinville refilled them with single malt whiskey. You’ll find official tasting notes for this whiskey below, and price wise, expect to pay £585, or around $725 USD.

Layerings of sweet molasses, dark muscovado sugar and vanilla give way to stewed fruits, apple strudel, candied orange, cinnamon and clove, before those rum casks take over with crème brȗlée, banana bread and those sugars that combine with the malt’s natural oils to coat the mouth quite sublimely with pure treacle molasses, perfectly defining this magnificent whiskey.