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Issue 102 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 102
March 2012


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Ask the Expert

I am in possession of a Tomintoul Glenlivet 12 Years Old in a perfume shaped bottle.
I have been told it is from the late 80s. Can you estimate the value? Would it be worth me keeping it for longer?
Thank you for your advice.
D. Van Brecht, Belgium

Tomintoul-Glenlivet started producing their 12 Years Old perfume bottle in 1977 until it was discountinued in the late 1980s, also within this time they introduced an 8 Years Old malt in the same type of bottle. In this time the screw tops of the bottles were changed in colour from black to silver then black again with T. G. embossed on the top of late 1980s bottles.

Tomintoul-Glenlivet Distillery at this time was owned by Whyte & Mackay Distillers Ltd. Until it was taken over by Angus Dundee P. L. C in 2000. The 12 & 8 Years Old Tomintoul-Glenlivet perfumed style bottles unopened in good condition with their original presentation cartons would realise at auction in Scotland £75 to £120 each. You could keep your bottle for a few more years as it should increase in value.

I have what I think is a collector's whisky. It's a bottle that was bought in Brazil, Sao Paulo in 1953 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a ceramic decanter in blue and beige with the Queen's Head on the front with the words Coronation Year 1953.

On the back it states Queen's Castle, 100% Scotch Whisky, Blended and Bottled by Brooks & Bohm Wine shippers Ltd. London. Could you tell me if it would be worth much to a collector and where I might se...

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