Ulster Whiskey Blog

Dunvilles VR PX 10yo

The actor Michael Caine once said “If you’re going to do a remake, remake something bad. Don’t do it to something good”. That, as advice, is pretty sound, if you ask me. The remakes of films like The Karate Kid, Psycho and, with a nod to Michael Caine, Get Carter, are in a word, shit. Let’s not beat around the bush here, they are crap and the thought process behind those remaking them baffles me. Think about it for a second, someone had to write a script for the Psycho remake. Well actually they didn’t, because they copied it word for word and scene by scene but somehow managed to make it much less scary. So when they pitched it to the production house, they must have said, “Oh it’s exactly the same, just not as scary and shot on better film,” to which the producers said: “Oh sounds great! Have several million dollars to make it”. Utter madness. Occasionally the producers do get it right and remake something for a new generation, or rework an oldie to improve it. Star Wars the Next Generation was such a thing. The original series was (Please don’t murder me Trekkie folks out there) just not my cup of tea. It wasn͛t all that silliness with Tribbles…and the rubber monster things were/ are just silly (again, Trekkies don’t kill me when the next Comicon is on) but along came The Next Generation and Patrick Stewart, decent effects and the Borg. Fantastic stuff. So – on to this Whiskey review of Dunvilles VR 10yo. This is a remake of the once massive Dunvilles brand that once dominated the Irish Whiskey scene. Dunville, in case you don͛t know, was the name of the family who owned the Royal Irish Distillery in west Belfast. They gave Dunville Park to the people on the Falls Road, along with the now much-neglected drinking fountain. The whiskey industry was massive in Belfast and none was bigger than Dunvilles, so when the owners of the Echlinville Distillery in Kircubbin took over the name they had a big reputation to live up to. So is it Sylvester Stallone’s Carter or Jean Luc Picard? Did Echlinville “Make it so?” Well yes they did. This Whiskey ticks lots of boxes. First off is the bottle – a rework of the original design but sharpened and made more crisp but still green glass and mainly red label. Blue and Green͛ should never be seen is an old saying – but Red and Green͛ really works here.

So on the nose, it’s finished for a year in Pedro Ximenez casks, so the fruit comes through, a mixture of coconut and apple, trifle dessert, spice, ginger Palate is woody, again light fruit, green apple, pepper. Like a dessert but smoother than trifle toffee/ caramel. Finish is good and lingering with no burn. Even at 46% this doesn’t need water or even benefit that much from a little watering down. Many people would say this is the best Irish Single Malt under £50, it has certainly won plenty of awards to back that up so I won’t argue (I will have too much trouble with the Trekkies!)

Score: 9/10

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