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Issue 111 - Ask The Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 111
April 2013

 

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I have tried to find out the value of a boxed & unopened Limited Edition bottle of old Pulteney single Malt whisky aged 21 years distilled 1983 but have had no success. The distillery has told me they do not have any and said it would be almost impossible to find a bottle. Can you give me a value for such a bottle and can you tell me how long the whisky will last in the unopened bottle? Forever, I hope, as 1983 was the year my son was born.
P. Stewart, UK by Email
You have the limited edition bottle of Old Pulteney 21 Years Old from 1983 in the gold tube with the printed signature of Fred Sinclair, the Old Pulteney Distillery Manager at the time. Old Pulteney saw a little peak in the auction market after the publicity surrounding an award given to the 21 Years Old some years after this release. Consequentially, Old Pulteney has bumped up the rankings of the Whisky Magazine Index and is currently sitting inside the top 50. Inver House Distillers have been busy adding a number of different expressions to the line-up including the recent 40 Years Old. Scotch Whisky Auctions, Glasgow sold an Old Pulteney 21 Years ld 1983 for £65 not too long ago so I hope it would not be an impossible task to acquire a second bottle if you keep hunting. That way, you could open one to drink with your son if you still plan on keeping one. If you are looking for a very specific bottle, a good tip is to contact one of the whisky specialists at the larger auction houses (see telephone numbers in the...

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