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Tomatin Unveils New Antiquary 15, 21 and 30 Year Old Blends


24th June 2024
Scottish distiller Tomatin has unveiled three new expressions from The Antiquary as part of a brand re-launch featuring a bold new look and vision. The brand has re-launched with three new Scotch blended whiskies, a Antiquary 15, 21 and 30 Year Old.

Antiquary 15, 21 and 30 Year Old Blends from Tomatin.

Scottish distiller Tomatin has unveiled three new expressions from The Antiquary as part of a brand re-launch featuring a bold new look and vision.

Inspired by The Antiquary’s founders, J&W Hardie, known for their innovation, these latest releases are said to blend flavours that appeal to contemporary drinkers while honouring the brand's history and its reputation for an unusually high malt content.

This trio of blends combines the Highland and Speyside single malts with Lowland grains:

  • The Antiquary 15 Year Old (RRP £45) has been married in Bordeaux red wine claret casks.
     
  • The Antiquary 21 Year Old (RRP £100) imparts its distinctive flavour from Tawny Port casks sourced from the Symington Family Estates in Portugal.
     
  • The Antiquary 30 Year Old (RRP £275) has been married for more than three years in sherry casks sourced from Jerez.

Each blend will be presented in new packaging that combines classic and contemporary elements, appealing to those seeking both style and substance. The redesigned bottle, reminiscent of antiques from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, enhances the brand’s vintage aesthetic with a modern twist.

Tomatin tells me that this new range is the result of extensive research by Tomatin’s Global Brand Ambassador and Blender, Scott Adamson. Leveraging his academic background in history, Adamson uncovered details of The Antiquary’s heritage and the techniques of its founders, updating them for the present day.

Scott Adamson, Blender and Global Brand Ambassador for Tomatin, said: "Although Tomatin is a modest producer in today’s terms, it was once the biggest distillery in the world, and we are very fortunate to have a vast collection of incredibly high-quality whiskies from around Scotland. This provided us with a fantastic arsenal to work with when it came to the creation of these three new releases for this important milestone in The Antiquary’s history.

"J&W Hardie were passionate about working with the finest whiskies and understood the complexity of cask maturation, all with intricate attention to detail. Our work has been inspired by these traits but looking at it through a new lens to appeal to self-expressionists inspired by history. The blends have enjoyed unusually long marriages, using casks that bring plenty of character to this exciting new era for The Antiquary."

Tomatin Distillery Marketing Director, Derek Scott added: "Following in the footsteps of J&W Hardies’ legacy, we continue their passion for curiosity and invention. We know how much the whisky landscape is changing and, with the steady revival of blends, it feels like the ideal time to give The Antiquary brand a new lease of life.

"Scott and the team have developed an exciting premium range to bring to market, which is enhanced by the distinct and bold packaging design that appeals to today’s consumers. This launch is a call to those who enjoy nostalgia and exploring their own style, which we hope inspires them to enjoy The Antiquary."

I havent had the chance to taste them so I cant comment on their quality but the official tasting note for each of the new whiskies is below for your consideration and you will soon find the Antiquary 15, 21 and 30 Year Old whiskies available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Antiquary 15 Year Old Review


Bottled at 40% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Mahogany, polished leather, pipe tobacco, candied orange, grilled peaches and cloves.

Taste: Rhubarb, tamarind, raspberry coulis and vanilla.

Finish: Medium with warming fruit jam.
 

Antiquary 21 Year Old Review


Bottled at 40% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Camphor, hessian, cut hay, burning heather, dark mocha, saffron and vanilla.

Taste: Spiced plum, wild strawberries, dark chocolate, charred game and orange.

Finish: Sea salt and red fruits.
 

Antiquary 30 Year Old Review


Bottled at 40% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Passionfruit, mango, grilled pineapple, maple syrup, hints of smoked bacon and aged timber.

Taste: Tropical fruit, syrup and rich oak spice.

Finish: Beeswax, heather honey and waxy tropical fruitiness.
 

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