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Issue 128 - It's No Big Thing

Whisky Magazine Issue 128
June 2015


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It's No Big Thing

Jonny looks at whisky miniatures

Whisky miniatures had their heyday in the 1980s, but like vinyl records, they are experiencing something of a renaissance. Their original purpose was to enable the drinker to sample a particular release before deciding to splash out on a full bottle, and Master of Malt have reinvigorated this approach with their Drinks by the Dram. The contemporary miniature still plays an important role as a souvenir from a visit to a Scotch whisky distillery. However, the volume of miniatures produced these days is a fraction of the number produced a generation ago. They find their place as part of the ultra-premium release, like the Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition, principally to enable the owner to enjoy a taste of the liquid but spare the full bottle. Some collectors judge those sets as incomplete if the miniature has been consumed. Consequentially, this can push up the price of the isolated miniatures that come on to the market. Many auctions such as Taylor's, Montrose and McTear's, Glasgow are good places to pick up miniatures and track websites such as Whisky Online.

Ardbeg Galileo 49% ABV

Region: Islay
WM tasting scores: 9.0 & 8.0 (Issue 106)
Recent auction price: £220
Auction: Whisky Online Auctions
Date: February 2015
Comment: Ardbeg miniatures have a superb track record at auction. The Ardbeg Galileo miniature did well here, but the press samples from the London launch complete with the silver rocket Art Deco cocktail shaker can sell for over four times as much.


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