Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Cask Collection
Stated Age
08 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 oct 2020 1:40 pm by Maltpuschel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 114.45

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52 × member ratings

74 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Williamson 2011 DR

9 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.62 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like it very, very much immediately after pouring it - not a matter of course for an 8-year-old whiskey with almost 60 percent.

    This is a whiskey that I would very much like to have in my collection as a convincing and well-made youngster, although 100 euros would actually be the limit here.
    A solid 88 points for the whole package and the first nose, which really got me excited.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Ham! Immediately I have to think of juicy ham, followed directly by a clearly medicinal iodine note, which is not necessarily as present as with other Laphroaigs due to the sherry influence.

      I am constantly amazed at how balanced the alcohol is despite the age - this must have been a very clean distillate.

      With water comes a peppery note reminiscent of a Talisker but less sweet overall.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful and smoky attack - clearly a Laphroaig. But this shows again that Laphroaig and Sherry go very well in many cases. In the middle then a bit bitter than the nose and the alcohol is also much more noticeable at the back.

      Water makes it - as expected - less rough, without making it really round right away. Again, a light peppery note that doesn't bother you, but doesn't go so well with the first impression.
      Also tolerates three additional drops of water on a properly filled 2cl sample.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is salty ham smoke and a glimpse into a disinfected hospital room

  2. the_muskox scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Decent, but far from my favourite Laphroaig. I like the thick mouthfeel and savoury nose. That sherry cask is subtle, but definitely there, adding a bit of balance to the brash young peat. That said, it’s very straightforward once you get past the nose, and the finish really doesn’t have much going on. Laphroaig has never been my favourite style of peat, so if you’re a big Laphroaig fan, you might enjoy this a bit more than I did.
    • Nose
      The peat is fresh but savoury. Pasta fazool – Italian sausage, celery, oregano, braised greens, and caramelized tomato paste. Earthy malt, charred marshmallows, and sour-cream-glazed donut. Some citrus pith. Definitely a bit of a dry sherry note. Bandages, iodine, and swamp grass. Prosciutto-wrapped figs!
      A few drops of water bring out more fresh citrus and grassy notes, as well as a bit of butterscotch.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily texture. Savoury vegetal peat on the arrival. Lots of iodine and seaweed on the development, slightly salty, and somewhat bitter. Musty herbs, rock quarry, and damp earth. Extra-dark chocolate, roast peanuts, and the tiniest hint of raisin.
      The water adds a bit of sweetness and makes things ever so slightly richer. There’s an interesting dark spice note in there that I can’t quite pin down. There’s black pepper and something slightly floral.
    • Finish
      Medium-short and strongly medicinal. Tart burning-hospital peat. Subtle nutty dry sherry rounds things off a bit.
      With water there’s a hint of woody spice and pickled ginger.

  3. Captain Teague scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: starts like vanilla pudding served in the hospital.... Less 'Smoke' just iodine /hansaplast..lemon, bergamot some rhubarb? chalky..briny: seabreaze,..wet black teabag, 85

    M: great mouthfeel ( has it ever been bad at Laphroaig high strength with a proper cask??) .. iodine, phenolic smoke...light sweetness, vanilla, white grapes lemon, green olives.. umami / meat..lemoncest, a nice oak taste.....briny.. menthol 89

    F: Smoke, lemoncest, Lady Gray Tea ( with bergamot), Salt, oak /white pepper..88

    Clear and very puristic Islay perfectly 'balanced' from a peatheads point of view...The nose starts shy opens with time and water less pudding more smoke hospital and lemon.. alcohol very good integrated (u note it in the middle part on the palate) but its 60% so come on.... exiting where is the sherry? Not here.. but I like it a lot..just my cup of tea and for 70 EUR you won't get much more today..the sister cask is slightly better though...just thinking of a vatting with ten CS when I read the notes below..

    91 for the vatting.. 1/3 Cs 10 2/3 of this an one spoonful water

  4. Pie3k scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Bateman scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      He comes across as relatively shy: iodine, smoke, light citrus note. Not much of the alcohol is noticeable.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Within fractions of a second I realize ... this is 100% Laphroaig in terms of taste. The 59.9% alcohol is perfectly integrated and not at all spicy. I save the water because it works great without it. Classic notes of iodine, smoke, light citrus notes, sweetness. Then there is a "twist": At first I think of a slightly metallic note ... but not the typical young age, as we usually know it, but rather meaty, leathery. The sherry butt in which the Williamson was lying is almost impossible to make out for me.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length; there is a little ash and then the sweetness comes through again.

  7. Pie3k scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Gery_80 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Islay1815 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. sg3356 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Laphroaig. Laphroaig. Laphroaig.

    You wouldn't taste much of sherry here, but Laphroaig.
    And it's perfect!

    If you're kinda guy who loves Laphroaig 10 CS,
    You would love this dram.

    Compare to batch #10, little less smoky, bit more briny, and bit more youthful. (Youthfulness similar to batch 12)

    Bit excessively salty though that's probably just due to my palate today.

    Sweet as Laphroaig always is; Sweetness that arises from depth of your heart.
    And as always, I love it.

    Retasted. Not as salty as before. I did have problem with my palate.

    Tamer than typical laphroaig 10 cs.

    You can fell the refill sherry cask working, but not much on the nose but in texture.

    Overall, still very good. Fixed to 89


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