Overall rating
84.18/100
votes
19
Whiskybase ID
WB86601
Category
Blend
Bottler
J & W Hardie Ltd. (J&WH)
Bottling serie
Old Scotch Whisky
Label
no abv, no bottle size
Bottle code
SA 541
Market
Spain Spain
Added on
09 sep 2016 7:26 am by lincolnimp

Average value

€ 195.00

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Whisky reviews for The Antiquary De Luxe

5 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.18 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I could score this as high as 85 but 81-81 seems about right at the moment, lost a bit of power in the bottle but worth me opening this bottle.
    • Nose
      82 82
      I have let some air get to this in the glass, there is definitely some OB.
      At the start there are a few stewed fruits like orange, mango and faint apple, with faint hints of peat and dried straw/hay.
      There is also some wood polish in the mix, not massively noticeable but it is there.
      Not particularly expressive and I expect it has lost a little power after 60+ years in a bottle/
    • Taste
      82 82
      Quite viscous with stewed fruits but they are not particularly sweet, the fruits do increase in intensity as time goes on. The palate is creamy and there is a little white pepper and peat.
      It improves as you go on but never really lifts off.
      Difficult for me to score
    • Finish
      81 81
      The finish is pleasantly warming but not too long with a very slight metallic taste .

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  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blends H2H - Premium/Old in years/Old vintages Nas-50 years old 42 tasted.

    WB ID numbers then scores are for Nose/Palate/Finish

    Coilltean 1965 41 year 45% Samaroli - 38788 – 93/93/92
    Hankey Bannister 40 year 2013 44.3% - 56970 – 91/92/92
    Whyte & Mackay 30 year 40% (brown frosted bottle) - 53024 – 88/90/90
    Huntly Blend Fine Old Scotch Whisky 70 proof 1947 - 86946 – 88/90/89
    Cluny 12 year ceramic jug 40% 1980’s - 83945 – 88/90/89
    Dewar’s Ancestor 12 year De luxe 40% 1970’s- 76166 - 88/90/89
    The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 4 50.9% - 54798 – 88/90/89
    Bell’s 20 year Royal Reserve 86 proof US bottle 1960’s - 160430 - 89/88/89
    Avonside 8 year 100 proof (57%) Jas Gordon & Co for Edward Giaccone 37844 – 87/89/88
    Bonnie Charlie 70 proof 1950’s Charles Kinloch - 134379 – 88/89/87
    Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2015 46.8% 64241 - 86/88/89
    Crawford’s 5 star 70 proof 1950’s spring cap 73230 – 87/88/88
    Warehouse Blend Cadenhead 36 year 1980 46% - 96875 – 87/88/88
    Logan De Luxe 12 year 43% 1970’s - 88950 -86/87/89
    The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 8 2016 53.1% 89988 – 87/87/88
    Old Parr 12 years old 12 year 43GL 1970’s - 184126 – 88/87/87
    Peter Thompson’s Beneagles Extra Special 1960’s - 202438– 85/88/88
    Grant’s Stand Fast 1960’s 70 proof - 180207 – 86/89/86
    Bell’s 12 year De Luxe 43% 1960’s 77249 - 86/88/87
    Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2017 46.8% 92872 – 86/87/88
    The Antiquary 1960’s 43.5% - 51196 - 85/88/87
    King of Scots ceramic decanter 43% Douglas Laing - 124076 – 87/86/87
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V 43% - 65357 -85/87/88
    Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2014 46.8% - 55329 – 85/87/87
    Peter Thompsons Extra Special Beneagles - 70 proof - 85/85/87
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label 43% - 51691 – 86/85/85
    The Perspective Series 21 year 2019 43% Berry Brothers - 128071 - 83/86/85
    Marchants Extra Special Gold Label 1950’s - 195920 – 84/85/85
    Dewar’s white label 1950’s 43% - 112196 - 83/84/85
    The Half Century Blend 50 year 2017 46.4% TBWC - 102090 - 85/84/83
    The Half Century Blend 50 year 2018? 47.3% TBWC - 105692 - 82/86/83
    The Antiquary 1950’s abv not specified - 86601 – 83/84/84
    Blended Scotch Whisky Batch 1 23 year 48.2% TBWC - 87320 -82/82/81
    Blended Scotch Whisky Batch 3 22 year 41.8% TBWC 112864 – 82/80/83
    Chivas Century of Malts 43% - 22249 - 84/81/78
    Ballantine’s 12 year 43% 1980’s - 57203 - 82/77/84
    Teviotdale 5 year 70 proof +/- 1970 - 183355 - 77/81/80
    The Half Century Blend 50 year 2016 45.5% TBWC - 87995 – 87/74/77
    Royal Salute 38 year Stone of Destiny 2014 40% - 71156 – 75/70/78
    White Heather 94 proof (US bottle) - 125387 - 72/74/73
    Grant’s 25 year Rare & Distinctive 40% - 53617 – 72/65/68
    Gilbey’s Spey Royal 1950’s 70 proof - 182584 – 70/50/55

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Re taste for a 40 blend H2H.

    I think my original score is a little harsh so the average goes up to 84.
    I assume this is 70 proof but due to it's age no abv listed but WB 51196 at 43.5%. a later bottle is better than this one
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Apple, orange, hay, caramel, wood, a hint of soft peat. Delicate but I like the profile.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Honey, orange, hay, vanilla, pepper, stewed fruits.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Some stewed fruits with hints of soft peat. A little metalic.

  6. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice everyday dram, nothing special here
    • Nose
      87 87
      Distant complex earthy peatiness mixed with some light honey, butterscotch, and malty notes
    • Taste
      86 86
      Honey, butterscotch, pollen mixed with some old dusty notes, maybe with a little peat notes
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, sweet honey and maltiness

  7. Brann scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    These old bottles are true conondrums. Some are good and some are not, dependent of storage and other factors. The particular bottle I tasted was just incredible. I wish I had so much more than just a sample. Yes, you can taste the old moldiness but also the complexity and the true class of this liquor. Besides some white horses I have tasted this might be the very best old blend down my throath ever. Solid 92 points, and I hope some of you get to taste something like this.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Just opened this at 6am today, tasting note to follow, but the nose was a little distant, and it is quite light, but reasonably sweet.
    Cork obviously came apart but surprised to find at the top of the cork inside was a small piece of wooden dowel?

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/old-rare-2020-blends-part-1-2/

    Renowned for its high single malt content [currently 45%], J&W Hardie’s ‘The Antiquary’ was registered in 1888. In 1911, the brand was sold to J&G Stewart who themselves were owned by DCL. In 1948, DCL acquired J&W Hardie who at the time was the licensee of Benromach distillery. So this bottle could well have plenty of mid-century Benromach inside. J&W Hardie and its brand were bought by Tomatin in the 1990s.

    N: Classic smell of old blend, a generalised non-specific observation, but one I think I might be mentioning a fair bit. Particulars that surfaced was a grapey oily fruity pong.
    T: Very pleasant sugary sweet and fizzy.
    F: A fairly sustained sugary to > sour finish.
    C: Simple yet pleasing, no dramtics.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This bottle from the 1950`s will no doubt have a fair amount of Benromach in it.

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