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Issue 116 - Q and A

Whisky Magazine Issue 116
December 2013


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Q and A

Your questions answered

I have recently been given a bottle of Stuart Prince fine old Scotch Whisky 70 proof and cannot find any information on it. I know it was selected and blended by James Burroughs Ltd (London and Glasgow) and it is stamped as coming from D Cesari wholesale and retail wine and spirit merchants of 109 Westminster Bridge Road on the label. There is no volume stated, but there are some small holes punched in the label like ticker tape. Could you help me to find out more?

Eric, UK

James Burrough lived from 1835-1897 and began rectifying gin and liqueurs in the 1860s. The Burrough family sold the business to Whitbread in 1987. James Burrough Distillers Ltd then became part of the spirits division of the Whitbread Group. They were the company which owned Ben Nevis distillery from 1981 before it was sold to Nikka in 1989, and they owned Long John, Laphroaig distillery etc. In 1990, the Whitbread spirit division was bought by Allied-Lyons PLC. Your bottle is a blended Scotch whisky, perhaps from the 1960s judging by the fonts and colours on the label. I cannot find an auction precedence of this bottle coming up before. D Cesari were wine and spirit merchants and it may have been an exported brand. The precise whiskies which were blended to form this bottling will not be in the public domain, but it may likely contain higher proportions of malts from the distilleries owned by the James Burroughs Ltd company.

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