Review: The Antiquary 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky

antiquary-21_0Made by Tomatin, Antiquary is “the rare old blend,” a hodgepodge of whiskies from all over Scotland (including a touch of Islay in it) that seems to want to out-walk Johnnie Walker.

The 21 year old expression (gold label bottling; there are others) is a malty whisky that’s mellow with notes of fresh barley and thick oatmeal, a touch of cinnamon, a bit of apple fruit, and a solid vanilla caramel character. A very slight touch of peat smoke is evident, more on the palate than the nose. Nothing shocking here; if you’re at all familiar with blended scotch you’ll find The Antiquary a fine example of the style, taking minimal chances while providing an easy-drinking, well-rounded whisky with just the slightest amount of edge on it – a real tour of the region.

86 proof.


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  1. RP October 15, 2015 / 6:11 am

    Looks like Tomatin took the hint from Serge Valentin and redid the packaging. (He suggested that you use a decanter so you wouldn’t have to look at the bottle.) The gold is a very classy look. Hope this comes to the west coast soon.

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