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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

The Antiquary Scotch Whisky

12 and 21 year old Deluxe Blend

John and William Hardie form their partnership ( J & W Hardie Ltd) at their premises in Greenside Place , Edinburgh in 1857


First blended in 1888.‘The Antiquary’ is named after a novel by the famous Scottish author sir Walter Scott


Like many a first edition it’s popularity has never been dampened by its rarity. With each new chapter this superb twelve year old whisky with its full , smooth , and yet subtle flavour has grown to become a true classic.


The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd acquired J & W Hardie Ltd and the Antiquary brand in 1995 from United Distillers. Today it acts as the brand export company for the distillery


The Antiquary Scotch Whisky has always had a loyal following of consumers in the UK, Portugal and Spain.


With secondary distribution in  USA, Japan, Italy, Andorra, Singapore, The Philippines, Denmark, Russia, France, Taiwan, China, Canada, West Africa, South Africa, India and Iceland.


Sales Volumes peaked at around 46000 cases in 1968


The Antiquary is produced as 12 and 21 year old Superior Deluxe Blended Scotch Whiskies.


The packaging developed for both ages is particularly innovative with the 12 year old scooping a Silver medal at the 2004 Starpack packaging awards and the 21 year old being awarded a gold at the same event in 2006. As well as being pioneering and attractive the award winning packaging design allows for a more efficient use of space for shipping and shelf display.


The distinctive diamond shaped Antiquary bottle is complemented by outstanding packaging design with the elegant presentation incorporating an innovative pop-out coaster in the lid , featuring three of Scotland’s most  famous castles, Edinburgh , Culzean and Eilean Donan.


The Antiquary brand is stepped in history but its modern award winning design makes it appealing to a broad spectrum of age groups and to both men and woman.


Blending The Antiquary

The Antiquary has a particularly high percentage of malt to grain whiskies (55% - 45%).


The finest available malts and grains have been selected from the Highlands , lowlands , and islands of Scotland.  


The heart of the blend consists of some of the finest Scotch Whiskies from the Speyside area home of complex , rich fruity and delicately balanced Malts such as Cragganmore, Linkwood, Benrinnes, Mortloch and Glenrothes.


Distilleries in the Highlands such as Tomatin, Royal Lochnagar and Clynelish contribute a complexity of malt and full flavoured aromas to the blend.


Soft and fruity lowlands such as Glenkinchie tone down the robustness of the heavier Highlands and Islay Malt Bowmore gives just a hint of peatiness to the overall flavour profile.


The use of Grain whiskies  - Camaronbridge and Port Dundas – ensure that the blend retains a high level of freshness and liveliness. In all around 30 different malts and grains are used in the blend , all matured in American white oak casks for a minimum of 12 years.


The Antiquary Scotch Whisky Bottlings

The Antiquary 12 year old

The Antiquary 21 year old

The Antiquary 30 year old

The Antiquary Finest

The Antiquary  1977


The Antiquary Scotch Whisky 12 year old Deluxe Blend

Tasting Note

Colour: Dull gold


Nose: Peaty, earthy and solid, while in direct contrast displaying delicate fresh lemony lime characters. Nicely rounded and malty.


Palate: Mellow yet feisty, predominately malty, citrus flavours come through well with a gentle peaty touch. Short yet full aftertaste, pleasant lingering peatiness.


The Antiquary 1977 Scotch Whisky Deluxe Blend

Created by Tomatin’s master blender to commemorate the 150th anniversary of

J & W Hardie, the founders of The Antiquary. This very special blend has been limited to 1148 bottles, and is based on the Hardies’ original recipe.

Bottled at 46%avbv and unchill-filtered

Matured in specially selected American and European oak casks


Colour - deep amber


Aroma - sweet, smooth and mellow; marshmallow, a hint of citrus. Definite treacle toffee.


Taste - warming and nicely rounded; citrus comes through with a hint of bitter chocolate.


Finish - full and lingering with just a hint of peat.


Recent Awards

The Antiquary 12 year old

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2008 – Silver Medal

International Wine & Spirits Comp 2007 – Silver Medal

International Review of Spirits 2006, USA, The Beverage Testing Institute Bronze Medal, Recommended with 83 points.

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2006 – Silver medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2005 – Silver Medal


The Antiquary 21 year old

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2008 – Double Gold Medal

International Wine & Spirits Comp 2007 – Silver Medal

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2006 – Gold Medal “best in class”

International Review of Spirits USA 2006 – The Beverage Testing Institute – Gold Medal with 94 points “exceptional”