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Issue 81 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 81
July 2009


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I would like your help with the value of a bottle of The Balvenie I purchased a few years ago in Scotland. It is a Vintage Cask 1951 hand bottled at the distillery 7th November 1996 from Cask 1236. It is in perfect condition and has been undisturbed since bottling and is bottle number 18 of 90 produced.

S Gabrieison, Wyoming, U. S. A.

Your Balvenie Vintage Cask 1951 hand bottled 1996 is very collectable because of its age also only 90 bottles being produced, at auction in Scotland its price would be £800 to £1000.

How do you define a distillery bottling? My father is a big fan of Millburn single malt Whisky and he is always looking for some rare bottles from this distillery. Now, I have made contact with a collector in Italy who has a bottle of Millburn 15 Years Old, the collector can give me no information on this bottle so you are my last chance to help me. Is it really an original distillery bottling?

The Italian collector says it is.

But why was the whisky bottled in Australia? Perhaps it was from an independent bottler? But on the bottle there is nothing to say an independent bottler had anything to do with this whisky. Would the bottle be very expensive and there are a lot of questions to answer.

Have you seen a bottle like this and do you know were I could buy one?

G Braas, Dillenburgh-Frohnhausen, Germany I define a distillery bottling as a bottle being filled by the proprietor of the distillery that distilled the spirit. Any other permutation would be classe...

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