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Issue 112 - Four Royal bottles

Whisky Magazine Issue 112
June 2013


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Four Royal bottles

A selection of bottlings marking Royal occasion

Eeach edition we'll showcase examples of collectible past bottlings that you should have a realistic chance of acquiring from the auction rooms or specialist retailers. Whether you are new to collecting and missed these bottles first time round, or wish to appraise the current value of your collection, this huide will provide you with recent values at auction.

This edition we pick our Royal whisky bottles to mark the imminent arrival of the new Royal baby to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Bottles of Midleton, Crown Royal, the Kings and Queens of Ichiro's Malt card series and Bell's Decanters marking the birth of Princess Eugenie unfortunately failed to make the cut on this occasion. Neither did the £100,000 Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons as it has yet to appear at auction.

However, significant historic occasions involving the British monarchy are frequently celebrated by whisky producers and these limited edition bottlings are sought after by whisky collectors across the globe.

Will you wet the baby's head with one of these?

The Macallan 1977 Christopher's Silver Jubilee Magnum 25 Years Old 80 proof
Bottler: Macallan-Glenlivet Ltd
Region: Speyside
WM tasting scores: 9.2 & 8.7 (Issue 13)
Recent auction price: £6,000
Auction: Christie's, London
Date: December 2012
Comment: This large format magnum of The Macallan can be expected to appear at auction around once a year. The top price paid was in 2011 at Christies, London (£7,500) but McTear's sold a bottle in 20...

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