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40 Year Old Cutty Sarks

Postby rdcrawford » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:16 pm

Greeting follow scotch drinkers. I have a question about a promotional one gallon bottle of Cutty Sarks in a metal rocker that I know is at least 40 years old. I got it from my father-in-law.

Though I am aware that scotch only ages in barrels, I am curious if this has any worth. I have included pictures at the ebay.

Thanks a million,
RDC

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280477145519&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
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Re: 40 Year Old Cutty Sarks

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:03 pm

I don't think it is worth hardly anything. Couple of reasons:

(1) It's a blended scotch (collectors want single malts);
(2) Somebody scotch taped the bottle cap, which may imply the seal was broken letting in air thereby ruining the scotch. You say the seal was not broken but the presence of scotch tape contradicts that.

I wouldn't be surprised if your ebay auction does not get any bids.
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Re: 40 Year Old Cutty Sarks

Postby ClubSmed » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:15 pm

It is rather well themed though if it is Scotch tape
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Re: 40 Year Old Cutty Sarks

Postby rdcrawford » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:24 am

Thanks for the reply. I received this email yesterday.

Thank you for your email. Subject to inspection a current estimate is in
the region of USD $150, however the bottle would need to be seen.

I am copying my colleague Rik Pike who handles the whisky sales in New
York to take matters further should you wish to sell.

Best regards,


Martin Green
Whisky Specialist
Bonhams
22 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JX
Tel: 01292 520000
Mob: 07775 842626
Tel: 0131 225 2266 Main Reception
Fax: 0131 220 2547

http://www.bonhams.com/whisky
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Re: 40 Year Old Cutty Sarks

Postby ClubSmed » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:32 pm

Novice Scotch Fan wrote:I don't think it is worth hardly anything. Couple of reasons:

(1) It's a blended scotch (collectors want single malts);
(2) Somebody scotch taped the bottle cap, which may imply the seal was broken letting in air thereby ruining the scotch. You say the seal was not broken but the presence of scotch tape contradicts that.

I wouldn't be surprised if your ebay auction does not get any bids.


It isn't unheard of for people to apply sticky tape or cellophane to try and stop/ reduce evaporation in the bottle
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Re: 40 Year Old Cutty Sarks

Postby rdcrawford » Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:48 pm

Culbsmed,
I asked why he did that. Dad said he was trying to preserve the label. The liquor seal is intact on both sides and the cap is intact as well. The guy saying the tape implies that is has been opened is wrong. I am trying to date the bottle of the numbers on the liquor tax seal. I know it was for sale in NY state and the numbers should give me a shoot at the import date.
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