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Issue 133 - Ask The Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 133
January 2016


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I have inherited a huge collection of over 600 whisky miniatures from my father. He retired in 1992, and most of the bottles would have been purchased before then. There are some full sized bottles too, including a Glen Grant 1936. I have contacted a few auction houses and they are all happy to auction them, but their valuations are all quite different. Can you please advise?
D. Trueman

Miniatures were popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a means of trying the liquid before you bought a full bottle. This was before the popularity of whisky tastings, whisky shows, and good whisky shops on most high streets. Whisky enthusiasts passionately collected miniatures too, though these days, most collectors concentrate on full-sized bottles. Many miniatures may be bunched together by region, by bottler, or jumbled in a box. As the whisky auction scene has greatly expanded in the last five years, auction houses are competing fiercely for your business. This puts you in a strong position to choose the business that will offer you the best returns and charge the appropriate commission. Places which specialise in miniatures are likely to give you the best returns: Whisky Online Auctions (their whisky specialist is Angus MacRaild) run regular online miniature auctions and they get good prices for full bottles too, McTear's, Glasgow (their whisky specialist is Stephen McGinty) are a traditional auction house that run rare whisky sales including miniatures every six weeks. Valuations may vary, ...

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