J. Sykes and Co were wine and spirit merchants out of Liverpool active between 1906-1986 according to national archives. Business must have been good because J. Sykes and Co bought Higsons Brewery in 1918, which at the time was already almost 140 years old. Business continued to flourish until they were eventually bought out and the Brewery closed in 1989 after nearly 210 years. 1980 was Higsons Bicentenary, which is what this bottle is celebrating and it would be reasonable to assume 1979/1980 is when it was bottled. Based on the little pamphlet attached ‘several famous malt whiskies’ were matured for nearly 15 years before blending (in 1966), which means at least some of these casks were early 50’s distillate. Distilleries which include: Ardbeg, Highland Park, Glen Grant, Tomatin, Glenlivet, North British and Cameronbridge. Little piece of History, this.