Scotch By Nino Marchetti / September 21, 2015 Tomatin’s The Antiquary whisky line is said to be one of the oldest Scotch whisky brands on the market, with its founders beginning their quest for better blended Scotch back in 1880. One of the oldest fruits of this labor, a 35 year old expression, has just debuted onto the market for a price of around £300 ($465 USD). The Antiquary 35 Year Old, limited to just 800 bottles for this release, is blended from a mix of Scottish malt and grain whiskies, resulting in a 46% ABV whisky which has nothing less than 35 years of age in the mix. Official tasting notes for this three decade old+ Scotch are below for your consideration. Aroma – Honey and mixed berries up front. Stewed apples, creamy vanilla and some oaky spice with a waxy/wood polish quality. It’s clearly an old whisky with lots of depth but it still has a lot of vibrancy and fresh flavours. There is a very subtle heathery smoke which is balanced with an orange peel citrus note. In time a Parma Violet type softness emerges. Palate – A rich caramel feel with sweet pastry, mixed tropical fruits and berries. Hints of age are present throughout with flavours of polished leather and old wood balanced with fresh citrus notes and light spices. There is a rounded malty character with a soft peppery note. Finish – The rich caramel smoothness continues and eventually dries out leaving fruity flavours and hints of oak spice.