Tomatin distillery The Antiquary blended scotch whisky

Scottish distiller Tomatin has revealed three new expressions from The Antiquary, as it relaunches one of Scotland’s oldest whisky brands with a new look and vision.

Following in the footsteps of The Antiquary’s founders, J&W Hardie, who were known for being innovative for their time, the latest releases focus on flavours that appeal to modern drinkers while reflecting the history of the brand and its reputation for offering an unusually high malt content.

Tomatin distillery The Antiquary blended scotch whisky

The original firm was founded by James Hardie in the Victorian era, starting out as wine merchants in a small office and warehouse in Edinburgh in 1857. Being small and independent, his sons (John and William Hardie) joined the business and were free to experiment at a time when there was a boom in Scotch whisky. Their quest to create a blend using their skills as wine merchants succeeded in 1888, when using fine and rare malts, they created a blend inspired by a Sir Walter Scott gothic novel – a book redolent with family secrets, stories of hidden treasure and hopeless love – they named it The Antiquary.

Changing ownership throughout the years, The Antiquary was eventually purchased by Tomatin in 1996.

Tomatin distillery The Antiquary blended scotch whisky

This new release of The Antiquary is comprised of a trio of exceptional blends using the finest Highland and Speyside malts with Lowland grains:

  • The Antiquary 15 Year Old (£45) has been married in Bordeaux red wine claret casks.
  • The Antiquary 21 Year Old (£100) imparts its distinctive flavour from Tawny Port casks sourced from the Symington Family Estates in Portugal.
  • The Antiquary 30 Year Old (£275) has been married for more than three years in sherry casks sourced from Jerez.

Each blend is presented in brand new packaging marrying classic with contemporary, with the redesigned bottle, similar to antiques of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, accentuating the brand’s vintage style with a modern edge.

Scott Adamson
Scott Adamson

The new range is a result of extensive research from Tomatin’s Global Brand Ambassador and Blender, Scott Adamson, who used his academic background in history to uncover details of The Antiquary’s heritage and the techniques of its founders before bringing it into the current day.

Scott Adamson, Blender and Global Brand Ambassador for Tomatin, said:

“Although Tomatin is a modest producer in today’s terms, it was once the biggest distillery in the world, and we are very fortunate to have a vast collection of incredibly high-quality whiskies from around Scotland.”

“This provided us with a fantastic arsenal to work with when it came to the creation of these three new releases for this important milestone in The Antiquary’s history.” Scott Adamson

“J&W Hardie were passionate about working with the finest whiskies and understood the complexity of cask maturation, all with intricate attention to detail. Our work has been inspired by these traits but looking at it through a new lens to appeal to self-expressionists inspired by history. The blends have enjoyed unusually long marriages, using casks that bring plenty of character to this exciting new era for The Antiquary.”

Tomatin distillery The Antiquary blended scotch whisky

Tomatin Distillery Marketing Director, Derek Scott added:

“Following in the footsteps of J&W Hardies’ legacy, we continue their passion for curiosity and invention.”

“We know how much the whisky landscape is changing and, with the steady revival of blends, it feels like the ideal time to give The Antiquary brand a new lease of life.”

“Scott and the team have developed an exciting premium range to bring to market, which is enhanced by the distinct and bold packaging design that appeals to today’s consumers. This launch is a call to those who enjoy nostalgia and exploring their own style, which we hope inspires them to enjoy The Antiquary.”

The Antiquary will be available from the distillery’s website, Amazon, and specialist retailers.

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Tomatin distillery The Antiquary blended scotch whisky

The Antiquary Tasting notes

15 Year Old

·      Nose: Mahogany, polished leather, pipe tobacco, candied orange, grilled peaches and cloves

·      Palate: Rhubarb, tamarind, raspberry coulis and vanilla

·      Finish: Medium with warming fruit jam

21 Year Old

·      Nose: Camphor, hessian, cut hay, burning heather, dark mocha, saffron and vanilla

·      Palate: Spiced plum, wild strawberries, dark chocolate, charred game and orange

·      Finish: Sea salt and red fruits

30 Year Old

·      Nose: Passionfruit, mango, grilled pineapple, maple syrup, hints of smoked bacon and aged timber

·      Palate: Tropical fruit, syrup and rich oak spice

·      Finish: Beeswax, heather honey and waxy tropical fruitiness

Scott Adamson
Scott Adamson

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