QUALITY MALT AND GRAIN WHISKIES from Scotland, a high ratio of malt whiskies in the blend gives a smooth and rich whisky. The majority of the malt whiskies used in The Talisman come from Speyside, which adds to the soft character of the whisky. A complex bouquet of malt and fruits. Honey and vanilla flavours combined with hints of apple and subtle peat notes. Of course this blend comes from J&W Hardie, maybe the blend you have never heard of? Prior to bottling all the casks are vatted and returned for a period of maturation of between 4 and 6 months. Malt / Grain:   30% / 70%   Strength:  40% alc./vol.  RRP £15.99 per 70cl bottle Available Sizes: 35cl, 70cl, 100cl, 175cl

J&W Hardie Ltd started out as an Edinburgh tea, wine and spirits merchant. The business also became licensee of Benromach Distillery when it was owned by The Distillers Company Ltd, and later became a subsidiary of the Tomatin Distillery Company Ltd., sons, John and William, followed dad into the business and created The Antiquary** blend. The name – taken from the Walter Scott novel of the same title – was registered in 1888. J&W Hardie Ltd was acquired by The Distillers Company Ltd, and became a subsidiary of Wm Sanderson & Son Ltd, based in south Queensferry, near Edinburgh. It was purchased in 1994 along with The Antiquary brand by the Tomatin Group, operator of the Inverness-shire distillery. The firm was used to represent the branded goods side of the business alongside the Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd, until the two entities were amalgamated during 2014 under the latter company name. Takara Shuzo Company (Parent company) – The Tomatin Distillery Company (Current owner).  Talisman is exported to Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. With the largest market for Talisman currently Sweden.

Today **The Antiquary is sold as a no-age-statement, 12-year-old and 21-year-old, as well as a limited edition 35-year-old. A high proportion of Highland and Speyside malts (45%) provide typical citrus and vanilla notes, while a dash of Islay malt accounts for its light smokiness. The diamond-esque bottle shape, which is now synonymous with the brand, was introduced in the mid-20th century and has. By the early 1980s The Antiquary had become a global sensation, available in countries such as Venzuela, Paraguay, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and Andorra.

The Talisman is a novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was published in 1825 as the second of his Tales of the Crusaders, the first being The Betrothed. The Talisman takes place at the end of the Third Crusade, mostly in the camp of the Crusaders in Palestine. Scheming politics, and the illness of King Richard the Lionheart, are placing the Crusade in danger. The main characters are the Scottish knight Kenneth, a fictional version of David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon, who returned from the third Crusade in 1190; Richard the Lionheart, not to be confused with King William the Lion, king of Scots; Saladin; and Edith Plantagenet, a relative of Richard. Other leading characters include the actual historical figure Sir Robert de Sablé. The One To Ever Serve As The Eleventh One To Be Known As The Grandmaster Of The Order Of The Knights Templar/The Grandmaster Of The Templar Order and as well as Conrad Aleramici da Montferrat/Conrad Aleramici di Montferrat/Conrad Aleramici de Montferrat. That’s a mouthful!