The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
J & W Hardie Ltd. (J&WH)
no abv, no bottle size
Bottle code
SA 541
es Spain
Added on
09 Sep 2016 7:26 am by lincolnimp

Average value

€ 195.00

2 × in wishlist

12 × member ratings

9 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.70 points

  1. Sb17sw 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.

  2. 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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 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 .

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 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?

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur


    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.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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


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