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Issue 108 - Ask The Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 108
December 2012

 

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Ask The Expert

I have been left two bottles of whisky which have been in a cupboard for more than 13 years. Can you tell me how old they are? Are they worth anything or should I drink them as I am partial to a drop of whisky every now and then?
Steven, UK by email

The Glendronach 12 Years Old 70 proof in its gold box dates from the 1970s and it is certainly something to consider putting to auction. This was bottled by William Teacher & Sons Ltd of Glasgow who acquired the Glendronach Distillery in 1960. The independent company became part of Allied Breweries Ltd in 1976. McTear's, Glasgow have auctioned a couple of these recently with prices reaching £80-85 whereas Scotch Whisky Auctions, Glasgow achieved £145 in March with an unboxed example. The other bottle is a Whyte & MacKay 21 Years Old blended whisky from a similar era with a box in its original red carton. It will be fine to drink, but there have been some recent examples at auction where it has made £30-60.

I am wondering about the value of a 1913 bottle of Babbling Brook whiskey from the Prohibition era? I recently found it in the wall of my house built in 1920.
M Roedel by email

This one pint bottle of Babbling Brook Whiskey Over 12 Years Old was distilled at John E. Beggs Distillery, and was bottled for medicinal use under the supervision of F. S. Ashbrook Distillery, Cynthiana KY. The front label is in great condition but the rear label is badly torn where a second label has been applied then removed. The rear label would...

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