Dunville’s VR Port Mourant 18 Gift set
Dunville’s VR PM 18 year old single malt Irish whiskey miniature gift set (5cl) 56.1 % ABV
Appearance - Pure liquid gold meets wild meadow honey, with legs that go on, seemingly forever.
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.