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Issue 137 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 137
July 2016


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I am helping a friend to determine the approximate worth of a bottle of Haig & Haig he purchased at a charity auction a few years ago. Research to date shows the bottle with a Royal Coat of Arms, but no name of the reigning Royal, though I believe it to be from the reign of George VI (1936-1952). The label shows it to have been bottled in Edinburgh, most likely prior to the relocation to Markinch. The foil appears silver, but it could be a discoloured white from the years in storage. Can you help me determine the approximate age and worth?
B Foote

This is a bottle of Haig & Haig Five Star from the 1950s, bottled for the US market. The colour of the foil cap with the diagonally printed Haig branding can change with age and light exposure. It covers a spring closure, a typical closure of bottles in that era. There is a tax strip visible in your photos, which might be helpful in dating the bottle more precisely. An individual bottle was sold at Bonhams, Edinburgh for £60 in June 2009. In November 2010, McTear's Auctioneers sold a bottle like this as part of a lot that included six bottles and three miniatures of Haig whiskies, which made £200. Bonhams, New York sold a more unusual Haig & Haig Five Star 8 years old bottling for $550, but this is a harder bottle to find. Using an online auction in the UK, your bottle might fetch £80-120 on a good day.

I have a sealed 4/5 quart bottle of Canadian Masterpiece 1962 in a lined red case. I was interested in knowing its market ...

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