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Issue 60 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 60
November 2006


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John Rose answers another selection of our readers' letters

Q. I have a bottle of White Horse Blended whisky with a wire top. It has over printed “NAAFI” Stores for H. M. Forces and was purchased by myself in Germany in 1956. I wonder if it has any value and would it be worth selling it now or perhaps keeping it longer in the hope its value if any will rise? I would be most grateful for advice and information you could give me.
Ron Darling Edinburgh

A. You have a nice clip top bottle of White Horse from the early 1950s and with the official stamp of the NAAFI Stores over printed on the label this does add to its interest to collectors and will add to its value. If you keep the bottle in good condition it will appreciate during the years. At auction at the present time your bottle should fetch between £100 - £150.

Q. I have a very nice bottle of Macallan Single Malt Whisky signed by some members of Parliament. What is your opinion of signed bottles, and will my bottle by worth more with these signatures?
Mr Woods London

A. This is a good question. My own opinion of this practice is as an ardent collector of rare whisky, I shudder when I see bottles signed by so called celebrities. I know lots are signed for charity fund raising and if this helps to make more money from the general public so much the better. However if I was looking for a bottle for my collection I would be very reluctant to buy a bottle with a signature on it. To me the label is not as it should be therefore I would suggest for a collector it would not be wo...

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