William Lawson’s is a brand of Scotch whisky owned by Bacardi Limited, and the brand’s history dates back as far as 1849, when the William Lawson’s blend is said to have first been developed.
Named after the founder of the brand, William Lawson’s is a blended Scotch whisky with a considerably higher amount of single malt as compared to grain whiskies. The brand expresses pride in their philosophy of not playing by the traditional rules of whisky making, and carries, or in fact does not carry one of the most common and widely known components of Scotch whisky.
The initial years of the brand’s history are ambiguous and unclear although after their blending and bottling facilities were moved from Dublin to Liverpool, a clearer picture of the William Lawson history appears.
The company founder William Lawson was said to have begun working in the city of Dublin for E&J Burke’s blending company as an exports manager in the year 1888.
The trademark for the William Lawson & Co was registered in 1889, and was bought by Clan Munro Whisky Ltd in 1963. Between these two events, William Lawson & Co.’s production moved from Dublin to Liverpool and further events that remain unknown.
William Lawson Whisky Ltd. was established in 1969, followed by the acquisition of the Macduff distillery that supplies much of the fingerprint whisky for William Lawson’s blends.
William Lawson’s blended Scotch whisky vows against using any amount of peated whisky in their blends, and explicitly mention the fact on their company website. Apart from the lack of peated whisky in their blends, the fingerprint malts from the Highland based Macduff distillery ensure a flavorful, and complex whisky for William Lawson’s.
The brand claims they ferment their Macduff Glen Deveron single malts quickly and distil it in the same manner, followed by their blending process wherein the distilled spirit is then blended with other source whiskies to create the William Lawson’s Scotch.
‘Not playing by the rules’ features heavily in the William Lawson’s brand philosophy, and as they claim “Yes, we still do things our way, nobody else’s.”
William Lawson’s Scotch whisky carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV like all Scotch whiskies.
Gold Medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blended: Standard category in 2013.
Silver at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blended: Standard category in 2015.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky- Blended category in 2014.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky – Blended category in 2013.
Sweet, with notes of spiciness and barley with hints of cocoa.
Fruity with traces of apples and chewy toffee.
Malty with a subtle creaminess and notes of spice.