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Issue 69 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 69
January 2008

 

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Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,John looks at books for collectors and the whisky enthusiast. In questions,he fields your enquiries

I am interested in collecting whisky from the Isle of Islay, and I wondered if you could give me any information on a bottle of Port Ellen produced for a visit by H.M.The Queen to Port Ellen Maltings?

M.Leiper, Leeds. U.K The bottle you are researching is a very rare decanter style bottle filled with 12 Years Old Port Ellen malt whisky. Beige coloured label with black letters stating it was bottled to celebrate the visit from Her Majesty The Queen to Port Ellen Maltings on the 9th August 1980. There is very little information on how many bottles were produced. I would suspect very few, which would have been given to special invited guests on the day.

Because this bottle is extremely rare I think you would have to pay in excess of £2,000 if one ever came on the market.

I did some work for an old lady in my street and because I did not require payment she very kindly gave me an old bottle of whisky which she had in the house for a very long time. It is called The Challenge Old Scotch Whisky – it has a red deer stag on the label and was made by Anderson & Shawof Glasgow.

Could you give me any information about it and the possible value if any to a collector.

Mr Mackenzie,Glasgow Scotland Anderson & Shaw Limited, 137 Shawbridge Street, Glasgow were blenders of Scotch whisky. The trade mark for its blended whisky was taken from Sir Edwin Landseer's painting The Challenge which shows a Scottish red deer stag ready for battle. This was a good move because Landseer became wel...

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