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Issue 138 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 138
September 2016


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My brother had a couple of bottles of whisky left to him by his late father-in-law. These have sat on the floor in the corner of his lounge for five years. After a few conversations with him, I bought the two bottles from him for £500. Well actually it was one, but he threw in the second one as a buy-one-get-one-free!
I said that if I decided to drink them, we would have the first dram together, but if I did sell anything over £1,000 we would split the profits. The bottles are The Macallan 18 Years Old distilled 1983 and King George lV Old Scotch Whisky. You probably know which one I got for free. Now, my question is this: keep, drink, or sell?
R. Lofthouse

I think many of us are faced with the indecision of what to do with fine bottles of single malt whisky that have increased in value. It's not a bad problem to have, however, and you smartly acquired some excellent vintage liquid for a good price. King George IV whisky usually makes £60-80 at auction, so if you enjoy old blends, this is worth opening and sharing. It won't rock your world, but it would be a lovely gesture with your brother to toast the memory of the late whisky collector who once owned it. A bottle of The Macallan 18 Years Old distilled 1983 sold for £625 with Whisky Auctioneer in May, £590 in the May auction
at Just Whisky, while another made £580 in Scotch Whisky Auctions 62nd auction. These prices have risen since last year when prices of £400-450 were more typical. So I would recommend you keep...

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