hearts151 wrote:A Regular in the pub I work in was telling me he has 4 bottles of it that he got 25 years ago and they are 20-30 years old making the oldest distilled in the 1950s!
A quick google seemed to suggest it is a liquer?
Not a liqueur but a respectable de-luxe blend in a nice diamond shaped bottle.
If your pub regular friend got them 25 years ago then they predate the Tomatin/Japanese connection as the brand was only sold off by Utd Distilllers in 1995. Prior to that it was a DCL (Distillers Coy.) brand which goes way back. (I had an empty bottle at one time which I meant to convert into a table lamp but never did!)
J&W Hardie (named on the label) were licensees of BenRomach distillery and a subsidiary of Wm sanderson (VAT69). The DCL structure was complicated. In those days I don't think the whisky ever carried an age statement so it's unlikely to be much more than 8 years old. In the 1980's it was revamped & acquired a 12yo age statement.
Unlikely to have great collector value I'd have thought....