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Issue 126 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 126
March 2015

 

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I came across a bottle of The Royal & Ancient 28 Years Old Scotch especially bottled for the Millennium. Is there any value to this 42 years old bottle of Scotch?
P Panoessa

Firstly, I need to point out that your whisky is not 42 years old. This is still a 28 year old blended Scotch whisky. Why? Well, the age of the whisky is only determined by the length of time it has spent maturing in the oak casks. Unfortunately, it is not the age statement on the label plus the number of years that have elapsed since bottling. Furthermore, an age statement of 28 years applies to the youngest whisky in the blend, so there may be some older whiskies used to produce this special bottling for the millennium. Cockburn & Campbell blended whisky can still be found on sale today (though without an age statement). The company has been blending Scotch since the first half of the 19th Century. Around 28 years before the millennium, they moved from their bonded warehouse in Duke Street in Leith, Edinburgh.

The Royal & Ancient brand refers to the famous links golf course in St. Andrews, Fife. The Home of Golf will proudly host The Open this year when the tournament returns to Scotland in July. Cockburn & Campbell registered the Royal & Ancient blend over a century ago in 1913 and Philip Morrice documented, 70 years later, that it was ‘a 7 year old blend with a 38/62 malt to grain ratio'.

There are some auction results for your bottling, though it will not bring you a fortune. Scotch Whisky A...

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