Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
J & W Hardie Ltd. (J&WH)
Bottling serie
The Very Rare Old Blend
Stated Age
21 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 mar 2014 2:47 pm by Noah

Average value

€ 70.57

3 × in wishlist

46 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky reviews for The Antiquary 21-year-old

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.61 points.

  1. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Despite its lightness and flatteringly gentle nature, this whiskey shows considerable complexity and depth on closer inspection. Invites you to drink inexperienced, but with its clearly recognizable maturity it has much more to offer than just carefree drinking pleasure.
    • Nose
      Almond slivers with caramel, juicy oranges, raisins, pineapple, a weng passion fruit, resinous mango, ripe persimmon, malty, dark chocolate with orange brittle, nubuck leather, a beeswax candle with a smoldering wick, earthy smoke in the background
    • Taste
      Honey, apricots, demerara, nectarines, candied orange slices, almond brittle, tobacco, cinnamon, sparkling oak with pepper forms in the mouth, vanilla, hazelnut nougat, liquorice
    • Finish
      Medium length, slightly dry, vanilla, a bit of toffee, passion fruit, roasted hazelnuts, latte, aniseed, ripe resinous mango, marzipan, the oak keeps a low profile, milk chocolate, very light beeswax, a little salty and earthy, ripe pineapple, overripe honeydew melon , very light smoke appears, the brown sugar remains in the aftertaste

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  3. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. DramALife scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    Smooth, easy going, nothing wrong, nothing exciting. Quite simple due to high grain content. Not better than JW Blue but much better price for value.

    [78-82] I'll gladly welcome another dram.

    N 24
    Light. Honey drizzled spices. Grainy, cereals note. Vanilla oak. Spring grassland. The spirit is a bit provoking on the nose.

    P 25
    A touch sour/oily mouthfeel at first. Plus antique furniture, remind me of vintage Glenrothes. Some oaky bitterness slowly developing. Honey drizzled fruits, mouth coating and sweet. Cereals. A pinch of ginger powder. Very faint touch of smoke.

    F 24
    Mid, slightly drying oaky finish. Fruits and soft grainy spices lingering. A whiff of oak bitterness.

  5. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Balanced, malty, slightly smoky, a touch of vanilla, wood
    tingles on the tongue, spicy with oak, wood, heather honey, some vanilla, light smoky notes
    warm, oak-flavored, slightly bitter, slightly sour ...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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  7. Calmar scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not bad for the lens hood, weak fragrance / aftertaste is compensated for by a sufficiently dense and deep taste, fusion, smoothness and pitchnost are attached; whiskey, given the crafty bottle and box, suitable for a gift, and if for yourself, then for such money there is a mass of more worthy single of the lightning.
    • Nose
      Flat, subtle, dusty-woody, light malt notes, caramel, weak lemon tones.
    • Taste
      Sweet, caramel, light notes of spicy oak, pepper, ginger, creamy sweetness, shortbread, dried fruits
    • Finish
      Oak-ginger, caramel, light herbal bitterness, oily.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    50% grain, 30% Tomatin and 20% made up of 30 or so other malts.
    N: Modern, aged blend with notes of butter-cream sherry and corn.
    T: Cloying
    F: Salivating sugary cream, but it’s the previous 1954 Glen Grant that still pervades my palate.
    C: Tasty but too sugary [and simple] for my palate. I can quickly tire of this style, though it can make for a great session dram.

    Scores a C-


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