Three Antiquary scotch blends: one’s a winner!September 22nd, 2008
It’s nice to see this blend becoming more available here in the U.S. All three have their attributes, but the one that really surprised me was the 21 year old with its seamless flavors, rich malt foundation and great balance. One of the best blends I’ve tasted this year.
The Antiquary, 12 year old, 40%, $30
Floral aroma with a lively array of lively orchard fruit and citrus. Underlying notes of soft honey and vanilla. Good malt foundation for a blend. An elegant and breezy “anytime” dram.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 83
The Antiquary, 21 year old, 43%, $100
Drier than the 12 year old (reviewed above), with some darker fruit (black raspberry, blueberry) marrying with the brighter orchard fruit. Sweet up from, with honey and caramel, with a peppering of spice (dried vanilla, clove, and cinnamon) increasing as the palate develops. Dry, oak spice finish. Lovely.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94
The Antiquary, 1977 vintage, 46%, $300
Deep on the nose and palate, with notes of dark rum, dried fruit, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, cinnamon, polished leather, charcoal and a suggestion of peat. Dry, resinous finish. Bonus points for intrigue.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 87