Antiquary Tasting Notes

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Whisky

Antiquary Finest 40%

70% Grain, 30% Malt/ Tasted: June 2011

A soft and fragrant nose which is quite heavy on the floral grain, which overlays some malty fruit. The palate is soft and straightforward with plenty of good quality floral grain along with a hint of malty sweetness. A pleasant length with a light spice note in the finish.

Antiquary Finest 40%

Re-Tasted: July 2014

The nose is quite grain dominated with plenty of crisp fruit and underlying toffee. Hints of barley and sweet vanilla come through with a late whiff of smoke.

The palate opens with some soft toffee, malt and vanilla. The crisp grain comes through fairly quickly bringing a touch of spice. Lovely softness and balance, good length with a touch of barley appearing amidst the crisp grain and finishing with a light spice note.

The Antiquary (New Release) 40%

Tasted: Aug 2015

Quite sweet and gristy on the nose with plenty of granity highland character and hints of crisp grain. Slightly floral with a touch of honey and developing herbal grain notes.

The palate is crisp and barley’d. Again subtly sweet with squashed fruit and vanilla. Some herbal; grain is noticeable but it’s very well balanced by the weight of oily, bananary esters. Long, crisp finish with a lovely herbal/ sweet grain finish and lightly chocolaty after-taste.

Antiquary 12 year old 40%

50% Malt, 50% Grain – 14 separate malts including Ardbeg/ Tasted: June 2011

An edgy, grainy nose with light citrus and a Speyside grassiness. The gentle peat note actually seems to emphasises the earthy/graininess of the nose. The buttery oak comes in waves and in doing so some natural caramel mutes the nose a bit as the oak gets into its stride, although in saying that it does have some honeyed moments.

Quite mouth filling and more malt on the palate with some encroaching burnt caramel. The gentle peat wafts in on the middle with the floral grain. Good length, if a tad straightforward with a spicy/ grassy finish.

Antiquary 12 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: July 2014

The nose opens with a smoky Islay demeanour with hints of charred wood and earthy peat. Hints of grassy white fruit, barley and citrus appear along with some sweet-ish vanilla oak. The grain is quite buried but adds a light crispness.

The palate opens with a little caramel and the grain more prominent. Sweet barley, smoke and light peat notes arrive along with a touch of white fruit. Soft and full with the creamy oak appearing on the finish along with a touch of spice and lingering light peat.

Antiquary 21 year old 43%

Tasted: July 2014

Beautifully Ardbeggy aged fruit aromas with buckets of crystallised Bowmore-esque parma violets, manurey peat, creosote, mature honey and sawdusty oak. The well hidden grain adds a little crisp nip at the edges along with a touch of dried fruit. With time some wood spice and cocoa appear.

Full and succulent on the palate with again a lovely aged malt demeanour. Like the noise it is very violety and Bowmore-esque initially with a lovely depth of aged peat, malt and rich fruit. A little crisp grain comes through on the finish along with a little citrus note. Lovely length with the quite a spicy finale aided by some lingering citrus and parma violets. Superbly balance and mature. You’ve got to love that aged Islay component!

The Antiquary 35 year old 46%

Tasted: Mar 2016

Nose: Moist, sweet, plumy fruitcake, treacle and dusty spices. Quite nutty – walnut, almond, sweet pecan. With time it becomes very sweet and almost liqueur-like.

Palate: Crisp and thankfully less sweet thanks to the abv. There is no shortage of Armagnac-esque dried fruit, citrus and dusty sherry spices along with a touch of heather, walnut and juicy dried dates.

Finish: Very long, juicy and vibrant with lingering dried fruit and sherry spices. Finally there’s a touch of grain to remind you that it is a blend.

Conclusion: I need a big cigar, my slippers and a leather armchair next to a roaring fire to appreciate this!



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