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Issue 142 - Ask The Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 142
March 2017


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In your capacity as guru of all things collectible, one of my son's friends sent me a photo of a bottle of Springbank. I was wondering if I might be able to tell him something about it. Is this bottle something you are aware of?

E Simon
This is a bottle of Fossicker's Springbank 10 Years Old Cask No 538 bottled at 59% ABV. As far as I know, it's one of the many private cask sales sold by the distillery, especially in the early 1990s. Some cask owners have done well selling their Springbank casks at auction or agreeing a price with an independent bottler. At auction, unless there is a known distillation year, or it's a particularly heavily sherried example from Campbeltown, then it is likely to go for £70–£100 at best.

I have an unopened bottle of The Macallan Cask Strength (red label) and I'm trying to get a read on the rarity and value. Any insight?

CJG on the Whisky Magazine Forum
There has been a number of NAS The Macallan Cask Strength releases in different packaging, but the use of red to signify the stronger alcohol strength of 57.8% has been retained throughout the different iterations. The most recent foil cartons covered a 1L and 75cl bottle, but the red label editions on your bottle date from packaging used in the 1990s and early 21st Century. These had a gold bordered cherry red label with a separate neck label, and the strength was shown in the bottom left hand corner of the label and varied with different bottlings. Although The Macallan Cask Strength is ...

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