The Antiquary – Blended Scotch Whisky – 40% abv
Info: This is the entry level expression from the Antiquary blended Scotch whisky range, owned by the Tomatin distillery after their acquisition of J. W. Hardie in 1997.
Colour: Orangey golden.
Nose: Much more interesting than I imagined it might be, there’s a peatiness to it along with younger oak notes and lemon drop sweets. The best flavours dissipate fairly quickly in the air leaving mossy malt.
Palate: Very easy and velvet smooth although not hugely thick. It’s nicely balanced sweetness comes through along with smoky puffs.
Finish: Slight bonfire notes stick around with sweetness to give your chest a little warming hug, very pleasant indeed. At the end there’s some younger notes coming out which belies it’s price point.
Thoughts: For under £20 it’s a very pleasureable dram! It’s drinkable as is, but would also work well with ice on a warm evening, or as a mixer in ginger beer maybe. Play around!
Available: Master of Malt – £19.23
Thanks to Tomatin for the sample.