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The Antiquary 12 Year Old Blended Whisky

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As Tomatin is a new whisky range in store, we've listed the core stock at an introductory discounted price for a limited time only!

The Antiquary 12 year old is a premium blended Scotch Whisky which has been crafted using Scotland’s most treasured malt and grain whiskies, all of which have been matured for at least 12 years.

Containing an exceptionally high proportion of malt whiskies, this whisky is perfectly balanced with a light, delicate and citrus character with a smooth lingering finish.

Matured in North American Oak casks, this blended whisky is produced by Tomatin Distillery.


ABV 40% 

Net weight: 1.6kg

The Antiquary History

James Hardie set up as a tea, wine and spirits merchant in Picardy Place, Edinburgh in 1861. His sons John and William soon joined him in the business and like so many other merchants in the city, moved into blending in 1880 as J&W Hardie Ltd.

The business quickly established its own steady supply of grain whisky as one of the founding shareholders in Edinburgh’s North British distillery in 1887. The following year the brothers registered one of their blends – The Antiquary – as a brand.

J&W Hardie sold The Antiquary brand in 1917 to J&G Stewart, which was itself taken over by the DCL in the same year. J&G Stewart had owed the DCL some £6,000 after the conglomeration bailed the blender out of bankruptcy some 20 years earlier.

The brand and its founder were reunited when, in 1948, J&W Hardie was also absorbed by the DCL and the licence for The Antiquary returned to its original producer. Hardie later became a subsidiary of William Sanderson & Son Ltd, which had been taken over by the DCL in 1937.

By the early 1980s The Antiquary had become a global sensation, widely available in countries such as Venzuela, Paraguay, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and Andorra.

In 1996 J&W Hardie was bought by the Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd, which had been under Japanese ownership since 1985. The move signalled the owner’s confidence in entering the premium blended Scotch whisky market with an established and reputable brand.

The Antiquary was given a makeover in 2015 to modernise the brand for a younger audience and highlight its unique bottle shape.

Today the blend counts France, Portugal, Russia, Angola, the UK and the US among its most successful markets.

Tomatin Distillery

Since 1897, Tomatin Distillery has worked hard to build the community that exists today and lies at the heart of everything they do. They produce quality single malt and blended Scotch whisky in Inverness-shire in the Highlands, an area of stunning natural beauty which has rich whisky making traditions dating back to the 1500s.

At Tomatin, soft water from the Alt-na-Frith burn is introduced to tender Scottish barley. This is followed by a long fermentation and slow distillation in tall, slim copper pot stills to create a mellow, fruity spirit.

Then the science of distillation meets the art of maturation.

As one of the last distilleries in Scotland to have its own in-house cooperage, Tomatin is able to source a selection of the finest quality casks from around the world and create one of the most diverse single malt ranges on the market.

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