Williamson 10 Years 2010 Old Strictly Limited

Williamson 10 Years 2010 Old Strictly Limited (47.5%, Carn Mor, Oloroso HH’s, 1139 Bottles, 2020)

  • ABV: 47.5%
  • Age: 10 Years Old
  • Bottling: Carn Mor, Strictly Limited
  • Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £64.95
  • Origin: Laphroaig distillery
  • Vintage: 2010

What they say

This handsome bottle from Càrn Mòr’s Strictly Limited series is full of Islay single malt! A marvellous Laphroaig, released under the Williamson name (in honour of legendary former Laphroaig owner and distillery manager Bessie Williamson), and after it was distilled in 2010 it was rested in Oloroso sherry hogsheads for a decade. Eventually it was bottled up at 47.5% ABV, with an outturn of 1,139 bottles.

MoM tasting notes:

Nose: Waxy peels and toasted nuts supported by snubbed candle and waves of beach bonfire smoke.

Palate: Earthy peat smoke shrouds treacle toffee, peppery spice and oily malt.

Finish: A spicy, smoky finish of smouldering embers and plump dried fruit.

What I say

Celebrating Carn Mor’s relaunched range as parent Co. changes from Morrison & Mackay to Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers. The owners and operators of Aberargie distillery have revamped the three Carn Mor ranges; Strictly Limited, Celebration of the Cask and Family Reserve.

This post was sponsored by Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark gold (12/20), medium-fine tears and tapered legs.
  • Nose: Nutty, peanuts, almonds, toasted, walnut, dried fruits & earthy peat smoke, umami, nori, seaweed, iodine, chocolate-coated raisins, figs.
  • Taste: Full-bodied, super oily and mouth-coating, creamy toffee/fudge, red berry fruits, red apple, plum, raisin, peanut brittle, slightly vaporous, clove and eucalyptus oils and malty cereal barley.
  • Finish: Long, woody and herbal, sweet honey and peat smoke.


Rich, complex and nutty a fantastic example of how peat and sherry really work well together.

Score 89/100

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