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Issue 62 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 62
March 2007


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Q. I am trying to find out information about a decanter I have, for instance when it was produced, value etc. It is brown and white in colour made by Royal Doulton.

It is called Castle Grant and is filled with Grants Whisky 21 years old Premium Blend. It is in its original velvet box with tag.

Xondra Barton
South Africa

A. This Castle Grant decanter was specially produced by Royal Doulton for William Grant and Sons Ltd.

Depicting Castle Grant, one of the ancestral seats of the chief of the Clan Grant. It was produced in the early 1980s and contained in a brown coloured velvet presentation box with silk lining.

The price at auction would be £80 to £120.

Q. I have a question about Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky. I recently came across an old bottle of Chivas Regal about 65 years old.

The bottle is still sealed with a tax label and I was curious about the value.

I heard that Chivas Regal introduced a 50 year old batch that sold for $10,000 per bottle. Maybe you can suggest any advice in trying to sell it.

Also perhaps its value?

Anthony Sciarabba
New York

A. You are correct, Chivas did produce a Royal Salute ceramic decanter 50 Years Old blend in 2003. It was a limited edition of 255 decanters, blue in colour, hand crafted with gold and silver letters in a special presentation box.

Chivas Royal Salute was originally bottled to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth being crowned in 1953. This 50 year old bottling was produced in celebration of 50 years on the throne...

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