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Issue 100 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 100
December 2011


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If you have a question for John, send it to or by post to Questions & Answers, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

Please could you give me any idea of the values of some bottles of Rare Malt I have.
Brora 22 Years Old 61.1% abv distilled 1972, Clynelish 22 Years Old 58.95% abv distilled 1972 Hillside 25 Years Old, 61.9% abv, distilled 1969, Linkwood 22 Years Old, 595 abv, distilled 1972 and St. Magdalene 23 Years Old, 58.43% abv distilled 1970. All are in their cartons apart from the Linkwood.
T. Bullock, Edinburgh

A total of 99 different expressions of Rare Malts were produced in varying ages and strengths which has created a very difficult situation to collectors who have not done an in depth study of the bottles.

Some bottles of the same name but different strengths can fetch four times more than others and I can verify the confusion by my emails.

However I will try and help you with your bottles.

Clynelish 22 Years Old 58.95% abv £200 to £240, Hillside 25 Years Old 61,9% abv £260 to £300, St Magdalene 23 Years Old 58.43% abv £260 to £300, Linkwood 22 Years Old 59.3% abv (produced without a box) £100 to £140, Brora 22 Years Old 61.9% abv £300 to £400.

I started learning about whisky and collecting when your pages were first printed in Whisky Magazine a few years ago. I have spent considerable time looking at auction catalogues and keeping records of prices. I watch the whisky sites on the internet and this is were I get really annoyed with some people selling through a site everyone will know. Do some of these sellers really think that we collectors of whisky are all s...

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