• Danny Joyce

James J. Fox and Dunville’s Launch 20 Year Old Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt

James J. Fox Dublin, who are celebrating 140 years of trading in 119 Grafton Street and five generations of family ownership, have collaborated with Dunville’s Irish Whiskey to launch an exclusive 20 year old Single Cask Single Malt Irish whiskey.

The latest release from the Exclusive Single Cask Series has been bottled for James J. Fox, Grafton Street, Dublin. Cask 1206 was selected by James J. Fox Managing Director, Yiorgos Manesis, from among the finest casks in the Dunville’s warehouses, and approved by Graeme Millar from The Echlinville Distillery, proud custodians of Dunville’s Irish Whiskey.  

This 20 Year Old Single Malt has been finished in a single Palo Cortado Sherry Cask for 3 years and 9 months, bottled at cask strength (54.1% abv) and limited to just 323 bottles. It will be available exclusively from James J. Fox Dublin, at 1pm on Friday, October 1st, 2021, priced €320 (€288 for a limited time)


Tasting Notes

Nose - Initial notes of tropical fruits, dried mango, and apricots in syrup yield to richer darker fruits as the nose opens up. Stewed plums, dusted raisins and dried figs, laced with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Then comes the show stoppers, sweet rolling tobacco, the old nostalgic kind, vintage leather furniture, and aged sherry, all held in splendid orchestra by the old musty dunnage oak.


Palate - Full bodied, waxy, oily, eloquent and luscious. This coats the mouth and doesn’t let go. An abundance of stewed fruits, dark stone fruits, over ripe plum skins, dark chocolate with a hint of chili. And then the nuts, roasted almonds, spiced banana bread laced with roasted hazelnuts, panettone bread and butter pudding, more figs, dates, and clove. And that elegant grace note of candied orange zest keeping those Christmas cake spices and wonderfully restrained wood tannins exquisitely balanced.


Finish - A hint of medium roast coffee beans turns to a light, warm tiramisu, and a whisper of hazelnut coffee cake. Then the quality of that Palo Cortado sherry cask really starts to dominate. Chocolate orange, light and dark stone fruits, sublime sweet tobacco and warming winter spices all held in perfect harmony by wonderful cedar and oak wood spice. And still that sweet tobacco. Robert Fox, Chairman of James J. Fox, representing the fifth generation of his family to trade from this celebrated cigar and whiskey store, states, “It’s brilliant to be involved in the Irish Whiskey market at the moment. It’s in the middle of an extraordinary phase of evolution, with the selection of different whiskies being released increasing every year. It’s so exciting and so much fun to explore different casks and how they taste. Our single cask offering is a really important element of our whiskey portfolio, so we’re very grateful to the team in Echlinville for our collaboration. I think the whiskey is spectacular”.   Yiorgos Manesis, James J. Fox Managing Director, says: “It is an honour and a great pleasure to be given the opportunity to work with distilleries and whiskey bonders and choose some amazing whiskeys for our customers. We are very proud of these collaborations, and we are very excited about this Dunville’s 20 Year Old Single Cask release.”  

Jarlath Watson from Dunville’s Irish Whiskey said: “We are delighted to collaborate with James J. Fox on this exclusive single cask bottling. Cask 1206 perfectly encompasses the Dunville’s Irish Whiskey ethos of exceptional whiskey without compromise. It is a worthy addition to the Exclusive Single Cask Series and to the portfolio of one of Ireland’s most prestigious whiskey stores.”

Dunville’s Exclusive Single Cask Series is a series of bespoke bottlings by Dunville’s Irish Whiskey for selected retailers, hospitality venues and key trade partners. It showcases the best whiskeys from the Dunville’s warehouses, with each bottled at its optimum strength for the best possible quality and flavour.


James J. Fox have traded on 119 Grafton Street for five generations of the Fox Family since 1881. For 140 years, James J. Fox have been offering, to enthusiasts from Ireland and around the world, a range of the world's most premium cigars and whiskeys through their iconic, now newly renovated store. A must visit for whiskey lovers! This exclusive bottle will be available from 1pm on Friday October 1st through James J. Fox and www.jamesfox.ie for €320 (€288 for a limited time). Slán go fóill,

Danny