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Clynelish Distillery Dramfool Highlands Region Independent Bottlers Scotland

Dramfool Sly Lichen 10yo

Review of a single cask from an unknown distillery in the Highlands from Dramfool.

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 59%ABV
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Dramfool
Average price: € 200,00
Official website: dramfool.com/
Vote: 85/100

I return to the very interesting Scottish bottler with a single cask from an unknown (more or less) distillery, which has produced 263 bottles cask strength and all au naturel. Distilled on 28 July 2010 and bottled exactly ten years later, on 29 July 2020, this ‘Sly lichen’ (an anagram of the name of the distillery of origin) shows great promises…

Tasting Notes

Straw yellow in the glass.
Herbaceous and fresh tones on the nose, with plenty of heather and hawthorn, spread over ripe banana, pear, plum, vanilla, tangerine, honey and lemon juice. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Over time it gains warmth, while maintaining a delicate profile. Very summery, with no alcohol at all.
The alcohol content explodes on the palate, a wave of spicy warmth (of ginger, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg) accompanying a nice oily and compact texture, where the aromas struggle a little to emerge but if you allow time to breathe, you will find the same gentle spirit as on the nose, with the most prominent sweet aspects expressed in ripe fruit (with a hint of red fruits), vanilla, marzipan, a touch of aniseed, green tea. On the length, a faint hint of smoke. Balanced.
Quite long and warming finish of spices, dried fruit, orange, green tea, salty breath.

If the nose is a miracle of delicacy, the palate pays the price for its high alcohol content, although it manages to maintain a certain balance without excelling, thanks to the high quality of the base distillate. Try it.

Reviews of Clynelish whisky in the blog:
Cadenhead’s Clynelish 17yo
Clynelish 14yo
Clynelish Reserve Game of Thrones – House Tyrell
The Ultimate Clynelish 2008
Valinch & Mallet Highland Malt 24yo

Review of Dramfool whisky in the blog:
Dramfool Ben Nevis 1996
Dramfool Carsebridge 1976
Dramfool Cola Ali 4
Dramfool Cola Ali 5
Dramfool Invergordon 31yo
Dramfool Malt Can Heal 1992
Dramfool North British 30yo

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