Review of Williamson 6 year old single malt by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler. Their range includes limited edition single malts, single grains and bourbons from various renowned distilleries. They also produce blended malts and blends.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) is owned by Atom Brands which is the company behind Master of Malt alcohol eCommerce shop. Following the success of Master of Malt, the founders started visiting distilleries around the world selecting single casks for creating TBWC blends or single cask bottlings.
TBWC whiskies are adorned with cultish graphic novel-style labels by Emily Chappell. Labels may feature tales regarding distillery history, prominent figures from the whisky industry or some other cool stuff.
This whisky in question comes from Laphroaig distillery but TBWC has bottled it under the name of Williamson, in honor of Bessie Williamson who was the owner of Laphroaig distillery during 1954-1972. Bessie Williamson was the only woman to own and manage a Scotch whisky distillery in the 20th century and she has largely influenced on Laphroaig’s success.
The single malt is batch 2 bottled in 2017. Only two batches of 0,2 liter bottles were made and this second one, consisting 990 bottles, went exclusively to Finnish retail market in honor of Finland’s 100 years of independence.
The label features LivingRoom Whisky blog’s authors John and Mike, in Back To The Future movie theme. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, as sci-fi fan, I used to love that movie. So needless to say, I love this label. And I was amazed to see it made exclusively for Finns!
When a regular Laphroaig is usually a peaty kick in the throat, this TBWC bottling is smooth as a peated whisky ever can be. Even though it’s so young. But that’s what small casks do, mature the whisky faster. I’m guessing that they used very small casks because of the smoothness and small batch sizes. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information about maturation.
When I started tasting whiskies I never would’ve guessed I say this: I have a gentle smoky Laphroaig in my cabinet.