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The Antiquary 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

The Antiquary 12 Year Old
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The Antiquary 12 Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is light and well-balanced. There are notes of malted barley and honey, a touch of spice and fresh fruit salad. The palate is of medium-body with notes of calvados and barley, a touch of honey and mixed peels and notes of oak. The finish is quite long with oak and caramel.

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Antiquary 12 Year Old Reviews

July 9 2020

A great tasting whisky for the money very smooth and well balanced and a great looking bottle

9th July 2020

Well read. Some of reviews and I have a hunch nobody imagine The house of vat 69 produced and blended this Mal

Full rounded whisky by distillers from originally vat 69 used to work for them this is a tried tested and trusted malt first produced in 1974/1975.

10th December 2019

Great for cold winter days

In my opinion the best deluxe blend on the market

3rd November 2018

Well balanced, complex but not sweet

Very good blended scotch. Evenly balanced sweetness, salt and bitterness. Peaty, smokey start, peat, nuts, citrus on the aftertaste. It is complex, lots of different notes and it will taste a lot better with couple of drops of water and some resting time in the glass (I usually leave mine for about 10-15 min). Overall I would suggest this to everyone who likes their beverages a bit more complex and not too sweet. Also it would work great as an introduction to peaty whiskies.

This blend compares and beats many well aged single malts on the market. And the price is just too sweet not to get it.

24th September 2018

Versatile and interesting

This is one of the most interesting blends I've tasted. I would probably not have chosen this bottle in the store, but I was so lucky as to get the remainder of a bottle from a tasting. Tasting notes given by others so I'll add nothing new. It's really pleasant to sniff and sip. Smooth and rich and with a good finish. A wee bit water sweetens it up a tad.
This also does very well in an Old Fashioned.

6th May 2018

Good as a cheaper "everyday" whisky and to impress guests who are new to scotch

Coming from Old Pulteney and Glen Garioch at first I didn't find this one sweet at all. In fact I found the spirit burn overwhelming and could taste very little in this whisky. Yesterday I left my glencairn glass aside, poured on a tumbler with 3 spoons of water (more than I've put on any other scotch ever) and I enjoyed it a lot more. Still can't get much sweetness though. I get an older profile, maybe a dash of honey, and oddly I think some smoke on the finish that nobody else seems to mention.

22nd January 2018

A great scotch whiskey

I was introduced to this fine product by my 20 year daughter who recently went on a self-guided tour of Edinburgh for a week. She brought back the small airline bottles for several family members as a token. We live in Fort Worth, Texas so we're used to drinking beer, lots of beer and locally brewed whiskey. She knew I liked whiskey so I got a small bottle. After sampling this scotch whiskey I will definitely buy a full bottle as I immediately fell in love with the taste. Very smooth.

10th December 2017

A whiskey to drink on its own.

Very nice smooth whiskey. The nose has a hint of honey sweetness but also something sharper, like fresh green salad. Very easy to drink, with the light sweetness dwelling on the palate after the initial sharpness. One of my favourite whiskeys.

23rd September 2017

Good value

I just opened my first bottle. Definitely soft sweet grain to start, much like Famous Grouse. But then it becomes more complex with yellow raisin sherry notes. The type of sherry flavor in Glenfarclas. Not too hot on the finish either.

It's a good value for $29.99 in the US. However, it is hard to find. I bought mine in Chicago, but isn't available in Ohio.

6th September 2017

Tony Barnes

Was given a tip by a friend, told that it is hard to find but well worth it. Wife got me a bottle for Xmas 2015, only have a double once a month, a very special indulgence to be drunk on it's own, no ice (I have marble ice cubes that chill but don't dilute or influence the taste), no additives, no sharing. As yet (and I am 65yrs old), this is the only whisky I would confidently recommend to a whisky drinker, knowing that it will be a remarkable addition to their 'whisknology'.

5th June 2016

bill bryce

First sampled by me in Edinburgh in 1956 my favourite scotch,i love to introduce it to friends,and let them know that we Scots are indeed a canny race and do appreciate the finer things in life

8th April 2016

William bryce

Excellent whisky! A FAVOURITE in my residence since I was legally old enough to drink the water of life.
As a77year old Scotsman,it gives me great pleasure to introduce my engĺish friends to it,.

8th April 2016


My father in law had one 12 year old but it had 39 year in the bottle and it ws amazing

19th March 2016

A fine blend

Malty. Long finish with hints if citrus, honey and vanilla. Some pepper onbthe finish. However it is a nice mouthful of chewy malt. A nice 12 year old.

24th February 2016

Great Scotch

Smooth Scotch whisky with a good burn and light after tones. A well balanced refreshment.

12th February 2016

George Jorgensen ,

Bought my first bottle in Aberdeen 1976. ever tasted

12th April 2015


The originally owned by my great grandfather....

9th January 2015

attractive shape of the bottle, stylish bottle shape

nose is OK, but first sip is a bit sharp and having no enticing taste, but the second glass and further, till the bottom of the bottle are fantastic. I' m a Polish, leaving in PL, more accustomed to vodka ( what we call potato juice), but since I started 12 tears The Antiquary it can be my favorite (good Scotch is my hobby)

31st December 2014

one of my favourites o

Great drink

15th March 2014

reasonable choice

i bought this in drinking this now.... fucking brilliant..

18th February 2014

Best gift

It's fucking good

19th October 2013



10th July 2013

Great for the price. Has it's pluses and minuses.

Got it for under $30, and it is definitely better than a lot of other Scotches in that range. The nose and entry are the weakest points. Nose is a bit rough and sour. Grainy for sure. Entry reminds me of your average cheap blended scotch, but once it's on the tongue there is a wonderful mix of wood, white grapes, vanilla and slight spice. The finish is the best part. Outstanding in fact. Lingers for a very long time with a balanced toffee sweetness and maybe some creamy coffee.

16th April 2013

Antiquary found again

I used to buy several cases of 12 at a time of this exceptional whisky. I look forward to my French friends enjoying it.

25th November 2012


its not bad for a blend, i can get the barley.... sugar honey... struggling with a fruit salad? remnants of calvados (unless you've tasted a good one) not to knock a winner; shoot a grouse instead... plenty oak but no pete, sorry peat, no offence!

19th May 2011

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