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
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.
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.
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.