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Issue 78 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 78
February 2009


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Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enquiries...

I wonder if you could help identify a bottle of whisky which my parents were given approximately 30 – 35 years ago? Not being whisky drinkers themselves they were thinking of selling it. It is presented in a blue velvetlined case and the bottle itself is gold coated. The bottom of the bottle states that it is a 21 Years Old single malt whisky called Par Excellence. I am struggling to find any information online and a whisky collector friend recommended your page.

Hopefully you can shed some light on the issue!

S Berry, Derbyshire, England Alexander Blending Company Limited, 33 – 34 Alfred Place, London. Whisky merchants, brokers and exporters traded under a variety of labels. One of these was Par Excellence. The photo you sent me of the gold decanter would have been produced by them.

The company was established in 1957 and suspended trading in 1981. I think your decanter in its original presentation box and in good condition would realise £70 – £90 at auction in Scotland.

I would like you to explain to me a few things about collecting whisky. I have for a few years now bought bottles of whisky as an investment. I have bought them from whisky shops and also distilleries when up in Scotland. This has amounted to quite a bit of money.

However things as they are now in the UK I would like to sell them. I am very disappointed with some of the prices I have been offered, also I seem to have paid more for bottles than they are selling at auction. Can you give me any adv...

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