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The Antiquary

It was in 1861 that James Hardie set up shop in Piccadilly Place, Edinburgh, as a tea, wine and spirits merchant. He moved into blending in 1880, registering the name J&W Hardie Ltd, with the help of his sons John and William, who joined the business. With his sons help, the brand became one of the founding shareholders in Edinburgh’s North British Distillery in 1887, allowing it to establish a steady supply of grain whisky .

The following year the brothers registered one of their blends as a brand, calling it The Antiquary, after the 1816 gothic novel by Sir Walter Scott. In fact, early bottles featured a caricature of one of the book’s main characters, often the antiquary himself, Jonathan Oldbuck, on the label.

J&W Hardie retained The Antiquary until 1917, when it was sold to J&G Stewart, who quickly relinquished control to the Distillers Company Limited (DCL) in the same year. The conglomeration had bailed J&G Stewart out of bankruptcy some 20 years earlier, and used the move to settle a £6,000 debt. The DCL then absorbed J&W Hardie in 1948, and, in doing so, reunited it with The Antiquary after 31 years apart.

From there, success was gradual but impressive, and by the early 1980s The Antiquary was proving to popular not just in the UK, but on a global scale. This prompted Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd to buy it out in 1996, as a means to enter the premium blended Scotch whisky market. Since this point the Japanese-owned company has retained the established and reputable brand.

The Antiquary today is known as much for its unique diamond-esque bottle shape, which became synonymous with the brand, as it is for distilling exceptional Scotch whisky. Introduced in the mid-20th century, it survived the previous changes in ownership, until it was remodelled in 2015. A modern expression of the classic style was pursued, and resulted in the creation of a more stylish, taller and sophisticated bottle, which Pocket Rocket Creative furnished with a new label and packaging designs.

The Antiquary Blended Scotch Whisky, along with The Antiquary 12 Year Old and The Antiquary 21 Year Old, continue to be sold worldwide today, and have seen significant market success in France, Portugal, Russia, Angola, the USA and in the UK.

The Antiquary 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A rounded, smooth blend, the Antiquary 12 year old is a great whisky which Jim Murray awarded an incredible 92 points to in his 2013 Whisky Bible.  More info

The Antiquary 12 Year Old
15
$37.08
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The Antiquary Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%

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. A light, malty blend, with notes of…  More info

The Antiquary Blended Scotch Whisky
3
$19.68

The Antiquary 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%

This is a 21 year old expression from The Antiquary, described by critics as complex and elegant.  More info

The Antiquary 21 Year Old
3
$88.57
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The Antiquary 12 Year Old (Boxed) - 1970s

75cl, 40%

A collectible bottling of The Antiquary 12 year Old blended Scotch whisky that we believe was produced in the 1970s. The Antiquary is still produced today, and is currently owned by the terrific…  More info

The Antiquary 12 Year Old (Boxed) - 1970s
$236.79

The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s

75cl, 40%

Presented in the classic black and gold, this Antiquary blended Scotch whisky was produced in the 1970s. Already sold out? Not to worry, we have plenty more Antique Spirits here!  More info

The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s
1
$236.79

The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky - 1980-81

75cl, 40%

We think this bottle of The Antiquary blended Scotch whisky comes from either 1980 or 1981, which was quite a while before Tomatin acquired J & W Hardie Ltd. A great collectible piece.  More info

The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky - 1980-81
$131.55

The Antiquary 12 Year Old - 1960s

91cl, 49.5%

A bottling of well-regarded 12 year old blended Scotch whisky The Antiquary, bottled by J & W Hardie, that probably dates from the 1960s.  More info

The Antiquary 12 Year Old - 1960s
$394.65

The Antiquary 12 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%

An antique Antiquary. Say that 10 times really fast and you'll get pretty tongue-tied. This bottling of The Antiquary 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky comes from the 1970s.  More info

The Antiquary 12 Year Old - 1970s
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The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky (Boxed) - 1970s

75cl, 40%

This is an antique bottling of The Antiquary, which we reckon was produced in the 1970s - long before the owner of the blend, J. & W. Hardie, was bought by Tomatin (whom continue to produce the…  More info

The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky (Boxed) - 1970s
$197.33
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The Antiquary 35 Year Old

70cl, 46%

Unveiled in the latter half of 2015, The Antiquary 35 Year Old is a limited edition expression made with very well aged malt and grain whiskies. A remarkable blend from the long-running range (The…  More info

The Antiquary 35 Year Old
$286.12
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The Antiquary 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A 1980s bottling of the well-regarded Antiquary Blend, from well before Tomatin's acquisition of J & W Hardie Ltd in 1995.  More info

The Antiquary 12 Year Old - 1980s

The Antiquary Finest

70cl, 40%

The Antiquary was named for the 1816 novel by the famed Scottish writer and poet, Sir Walter Scott.  More info

The Antiquary Finest

The Antiquary 12 Year Old (Old Bottling)

75cl, 43%

An old bottling of the Antiquary 12 year old, a rounded and smooth blend that has consistently received high scores in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.  More info

The Antiquary 12 Year Old (Old Bottling)

The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s

75cl, 40%

A very old bottling of The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky, which comes in the wonderfully unique bottle with a bizarrely plain label. Quite a neat juxtaposition, wouldn't you say? It was…  More info

The Antiquary De Luxe Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s

The Antiquary 30 Year Old 1977

70cl, 46%

A special edition of The Antiquary. This was distilled in 1977 and matured for 30 years before bottling specially to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brand's then owners.  More info

The Antiquary 30 Year Old 1977

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