Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Cask Collection
Stated Age
06 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
61.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
CBSC4 03359
Added on
16 jan 2018 12:41 pm by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 58.30

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Whisky reviews for Williamson 2011 DR

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.73 points.

  1. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This was awesome. Beach bonfires, herbal potions, elder gods, and a cool salty breeze— I do not know what more one could ask for. This was young and aggressive, a bit hot at times, but a few drops of water brought out additional complexity while only sacrificing a bit of the asphalt notes on the palate. I definitely have a preference for young heavily peated drams, so it really is not a surprise I loved this. The sherry butt, which I assume was probably a refill due to its limited influence, brought enough fruity notes to bring a nice contrast to the peat. Despite its youthful aggression, this was well-balanced and interesting.

    Mental Image: C’thulhu Cultists’ Beach Retreat
    • Nose
      Tar, charred driftwood, and vanilla bean custard. Camphor and chai spice led into burning lamp oil, sweet red bean desserts, and honeyed pastries. A thick smokey rug pervaded everything else as boozy fudge and Irish cream coffee cocktails came to mind.
    • Taste
      Medium bodied and oily with a sharp hit of peat and smoke that parted to reveal bonfires and herbal concoctions. A bit hot and spicy with black peppercorns, tar, fresh asphalt, and salty windswept coastal dunes. Water toned down the aggression and brought forward more fruit and a noticeable sherry influence— with cherries and strawberries covered in caramel and tar.
    • Finish
      Lingering asphalt and vanilla bean

  2. -sAxo- scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This one is very young, of course, but it also tastes really young. Very spirit-driven, a bit too much for me, and adding water doesn't really help. Of course, it's Laphroaig at a high ABV with all the adventure that comes with it, but I've seen much better young Williamson bottlings. Example: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/115631/williamson-2010-cm

  4. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    This is wonderful stuff. I tried this blind and i never thought at the time the alc/vol was so high or it was that young, which says a lot about it. Plus the perfect balance makes this a winner. This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweaty sock chucked straight in the face. I have three older brothers so believe me I know. It's like opening a first aid box followed by lots of earthy and metallic notes. Some fruit notes as well like cherry and Victoria plum. It stings the nose and waters the eyes at the end but with such potency you can quickly forgive it.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Wow! This hits the spot straight away. Lovely texture to it and very well balanced. It's like chewing on barbecue meat with one hand then scooping up strawberries and cream with the other. Two worlds that shouldn't mix but they do. A sprinkle of white pepper just finishes it off.
    • Finish
      91 91
      A medium to long finish and those smokey and fruit notes fade away slowly hand in hand like Thelma and Louise.

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This is a peatheads dream. A bit shy on the nose, but it will knock your socks off non the less.
    Simple? Yes. But oh so pleasing for those that enjoy the extreme. And if you can't take the heat of the ABV, this is a champion swimmer.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Honestly, I expected more from a 6YO Laphroaig.
      It's rather shy and closed. Takes a while to present itself.
      But yes, it's coming along, there is peat, but quite mellow.
      Tar, rubber, oysters, smoked kippers.
      The 61,1% ABV is absolutely not present. Unless you inhale deep and prolonged. Usually at this strenght it is then rather prickly and stinging, this is more like a slow burning ember.
      A little water doesn't do much. Alc resides, and it becomes what I would call a little "greener". Some vegetal and herbal notes.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily arrival. Mouthfeel like melted butter if you roll it around.
      Hot melted rubber sticking to the cheekes.
      The ABV is not that noticable at first, but the first large sip slowly sucked the breath out of me. It gets better over time, and I find it quite enjoyable neat.
      No refinement, as bold and smokey as it gets.
      It's tar, rubber, asphalt all the way, very little room for anything else.
      Takes water quite well. Reduces the breathtaking, but remains oily, with some reduction in intensity.
    • Finish
      90 90
      It stays oily all the way, but the ABV is a bit drying after swallowing. Not sure if I should judge the lenght of the finish by the taste in my mouth or the numbness of my lips.
      Getting past the smoky overload I seem to detect a pleasant nuttyness at the very end.
      Water does very little to reduce the spicy warmth, but it removes the drying feel and there may be more subtle notes to explore.


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