Drumshanbo Inaugural Release

Overall rating
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Calculated age
04 years old
Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Nov 2019 11:20 am by Archer

Average value

€ 82.40

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5 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Drumshanbo Inaugural Release

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    What a thing. Anything between four and five years old and then such an appearance. "First Connacht Whiskey in 105 years" can be read on the label. Very promising, you should keep an eye on it.

    Direct comparison Drumshanbo Inaugural Release 46% / General Release 43%

    The General Release (GR) has a more direct effect on the nose, the aroma is immediately present, while with the Inaugural Release (IR) you have to wait a little while in the glass until you have the entire spectrum of whiskey in your nose. IR looks spicy, GR fruity, although IR can come up with sweet raspberries and strawberries when solo tasting.
    On the tongue: First a little sip of GR, immediately afterwards a little sip of IR: No difference in strength alone. Can't be. Another sip of GR afterwards: Ah yes, now it should be noted that GR is a little gentler on the tongue and IR comes along harder. IR on the tongue also a bit spicier than GR, whereby I have the feeling that the seasoning only shows up at different times. Otherwise: twin brothers.
    Both have the same dryness and spice in the finish, although I have the feeling that the GR has a longer finish than IR.

    Nose / taste / finish - - - Overall

    GR: 87/87/86 - - - 87
    IR: 87/88/85 - - - 87
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet raspberries and strawberries; so cute that they even play a little towards Hubba Bubba chewing gum. Malt and cereals, vanilla, sugar beet syrup, hazelnut. Pot still spice mix. White chocolate. The spices turn up properly after a little while, displacing the fruit sweetness without overlaying them.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy and soft start with nutmeg, raisins, licorice and milk chocolate. It's hard to believe how creamy he is when he's still young. The oat? And indeed, leather also shows up, which I really wouldn't expect from such a young boy. Cinnamon, clove powder, sweet paprika spice. Gets dry over time.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The drought continues to increase. The brevity of the finish shows the young age, and he leaves it so pleasantly with raisins, beet syrup, malt, cereals, nutmeg and wood that you would like to refill immediately.

  2. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Tasting Notes from the Producer

    The Drumshanbo inaugural release is a triple distilled Single Pot Still with a mash bill of malted Irish barley, un-malted Irish barley and Irish Barra oats matured in a combination of Kentucky Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry casks. This limited expression contains whiskey from the first ever cask distilled at the Shed Distillery in Leitrim on 21st December 2014 and has incredible rich flavours of pot spice, dried fruits and figgy pudding.

    Aromas (without water)
    Rich and extravagant, yet balanced with aromatic warm pot spice, vanilla and dried fruit aromas.

    Palate (without water)
    Complex and fully balanced, a glorious marriage of pot spice, fig, Oloroso Sherry and toasted oak notes.


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