The Antiquary De Luxe - Old Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
J & W Hardie Ltd. (J&WH)
Bottling serie
Old Scotch Whisky
No ABV - No bottle size
Added on
18 Jun 2018 7:48 pm by watson0209

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Whisky Reviews for The Antiquary De Luxe - Old Scotch Whisky

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 points

  1. Gråmantel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I received a 25ml sample 'The Antiquary - No% - Approx. 1940' from www.rarewhiskysite.com. This bottling is the closest (and earliest) to be found on whiskybase. Very interesting to try olden days whisky and this might be the oldest I've tried so far.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Mineral rich old peat. Prunes. Dry leaves. Leather. Charcoal. OBE aside, one does not run into this kind of nose in modern whisky. This had me nosing for 2h+ with a couple of other drams in between.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The peat and smoke is there, it's still alive and kicking yet elegant. It develops slowly, after the initial arrival you can sense the age and that it has lost some character and oiliness over the many years. Caramel. Coffee. Perhaps even a little waxy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite long finish. Covers the entire mouth. Dried fruits. Old wood spice. Dry then mouth watering. It's incredible how engaging these old blends are compared to the standard nowadays. Makes me wonder how much it has changed during all the years in the bottle. Very good and interesting whisky.

  2. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: Recent (I mean, from within the last 30 years) young Antiquaries have been a little ‘low’ but I remember a very recent 35 yo that was superb (WF 90). Colour: gold. Nose: and this is superb indeed, wonderfully honeyed and mentholy. Chestnut honey, some toasted brioche, a whiff of fir smoke, pumpkin cake, a large bag of sultanas, a wee glass of proper old PX, a touch of absinth… and all that sings in sync, mind you!

    Mouth: incredible arrival, still very punchy and vibrant, smoky (imagine!), with perfect resinous notes, many honeys, some tobacco, then an avalanche of dried fruits (figs as always, bananas, currants) and a discreet minerality that’s just underlining the whole package. Perfect old whisky, really perfect. Finish: long, mainly honeyed, with notes of fresh mint leaves and pine needles. The aftertaste is a tad bitter (leafy) but that’s an asset in this context. Comments: very much impressed. This driven-cork version just rocked, watch it at auctions, I think they don’t go for a lot of monies.
    SGP:462 - 91 points


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