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Issue 70 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 70
February 2008

 

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I wonder if you could help me with a small problem I have regarding a bottle of whisky I purchased in 1989. It's a bottle of 25 year old Aberlour Vintage 1964 in a teak lockable box. On the label it states distilled by the Aberlour Glenlivet Distillery Co.Ltd. I am looking to sell this whisky and a person enquiring about it asked what the Glenlivet Distillery had to do with Aberlour.Did Glenlivet own Aberlour at that time? And do you have any idea of its value. In 1989 the year of its release I paid £340 for it.

P Howell, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Glenlivet Distillery had nothing to do with Aberlour Distillery in the late 1980s.

Glenlivet was a favoured name used for marketing whisky in the early days of production. It was used by more than 20 distilleries in a hyphenated addition to their own distillery names, and is still used sometimes to this day.

An Aberlour 25 year old Distilled in 1964 bottled 1989 contained within its wooden presentation box sold at auction in Glasgow in December 2007 for £200.

I've read the last magazine and was wondering if corks are normally changed after some time especially if concerning an old bottle.Most people believe that whisky will not deteriorate once it is in the bottle,however suppose after some time there is again a share lost to the angels and the liquid alcohol dips under 40% vol.

Is that possible and what is the remedy.

Peter De Decker,Antwerp,Belgium.

I have consulted with the biggest collector of old whisky in the country ...

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