Welcome to the forums, and it seems like you have a nice bottle of whisky. Do you have any pictures you can upload?
Here is a bottle that is missing the neck label signifying 12 years old, and I'm not sure of the date on this one, but it seems to be older than 1979. It also seems to be an Italian import.Italian import
Here is one that was bottled in 1979, after the Cypriot War, but it could have similar labels. The date is on the back label.Belgium import
I'm sure if you can upload a photo, someone here can identify it or point you in the right direction.