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
Toasted cereals and dried fruits, mixed in with a few fresh strawberries. Full aroma, in no way reserved. Hazelnut and almond slivers, vanilla, toffee, sugar beet syrup. Right from the start, subliminal spices that become increasingly intense and combine with the grain note (the oats?).
Creamy and very spicy start. Dry from the start. Dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, cereals, malt. In addition to nutmeg, cloves, rosemary and tarragon, a not to be neglected pinch of pepper. Dried fruit.
Medium, dry finish. Clear spice, but still resonating fruit sweetness. Vanilla, forest honey, milk coffee.