Williamson 2010 – Oloroso cask #06017 (Whisky Jury)

Williamson 2010 – Oloroso cask #06017 (Whisky Jury)

The Whisky Jury already had a couple of Williamson bottlings (a refill barrel back in 2020 for instance). The latest releases include this 2010 vintage, bottled from a first fill Oloroso sherry cask. The label says it’s a blended malt, probably a teaspooned malt.


Williamson 12 yo 2010 (52,3%, The Whisky Jury 2022, first fill Oloroso sherry cask #06017, 195 btl.)

Nose: a very nice marriage of peat and sherry. A dark mix of cola candy with a hint of paprika powder and black olive paste. Then a little mercurochrome and seaweed smoke. Increasing hints of menthol. Bright citrus in the background, as well as old leather and sooty notes. Some earthy notes as well.

rather excellent again. Red apples with big smoke, iodine, black peppercorns, liquorice and black tea. Bacon with a coating of herbs. There’s a nice acidity from the sherry as well. Then leathery notes, brine and a lightly mustardy edge. I’m getting a few drops of Enmore rum as well, with the tapenade and all. Slightly pungent, maybe a tad more sweetness would have made it even better.

Finish: long, sooty smoke, with a similar sharp edge, liquorice and brine.

Really good Williamson. Peat and sherry don’t always get along perfectly, but this must have been a high quality Oloroso cask. Furthermore the slightly sharp edge is easily forgiven. Good value for money too. Around € 110, check The Whisky Jury for retailers.