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Issue 63 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 63
April 2007


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John Rose fields more of your questions

Q. While shopping on the internet, I came across a whisky flagon and began to bid on it. After watching it for several days I ended up winning the item much to my surprise. It is a 1990 Old Glasgow Whisky Flagon and is still sealed and in its original fabricated box. I am very pleased with the item but I do not know anything about it. I was wondering if you could help me find out more about the item. Who filled it? The origins of the item and the value ?

D. J. Kirkwall, Orkney.

A. Your Old Glasgow Whisky Flagon was filled by Donald Hart Company (Vintners) Forth Street Glasgow, blenders, wine and spirit merchants. It was a Deluxe blend of 8 year old Scotch Whisky, 40 % Vol. 75 cl. Contained in a black ceramic decanter presented in its original silk lined presentation box. It was produced to celebrate Glasgow being the Cultural Capital Of Europe 1990. The value of the decanter at auction would be £5-£70

Q. I contacted you some time back about Black Swan Whisky. I had at the time found a water jug for it in Germany, and our home pub is called The Black Swan. All leads died but to my delight a friend found a malt 10 year old called Black Swan in Spain. How and when did they acquire the name? It is bottled by Quality Spirits International in Glasgow. Can you add anything to what I have found as I'd really like to know what happened to the original company.

M Smith. Vancouver. Canada.

A. I have traced your Black Swan 10 year old. The name is now used by a supermarket in Spa...

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