Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert

John Rose

23 March 2012

Publication: Issue 102

I am in possession of a Tomintoul Glenlivet 12 Years Old in a perfume shaped bottle. I have been told it is from the late 80s. Can you estimate the value? Would it be worth me keeping it for longer? Thank you for your advice.
D. van Brecht, Belgium

Tomintoul-Glenlivet started producing their 12 Years Old per-fume bottle in 1977 until it was discontinued in the late 1980s, also within this time they introduced an 8 Years Old malt in the same type of bottle. In this time the screw tops of the bottles were changed in colour from black to silver then black again with T. G. embossed on the top of late 1980s bottles. Tomintoul-Glenlivet Distillery at this time was owned by Whyte & Mackay Distillers Ltd. Until it was taken over by Angus Dundee P.L.C in 2000. The 12 & 8 Years Old Tomintoul-Glenlivet perfumed style bottles unopened in good condition with their original presentation cartons would realise at auction in Scotland £75 to £120 each. You could keep your bottle for a few more years as it should increase in value.


I have what I think is a collector’s whisky. It’s a bottle that was bought in Brazil, Sao Paulo in 1953 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a ceramic decanter in blue and beige with the Queen’s Head on the front with the words Coronation Year 1953.

On the back it states Queen’s Castle, 100% Scotch Whisky, Blended and Bottled by Brooks & Bohm Wine shippers Ltd. London. Could you tell me if it would be worth much to a collector and where I might sell it?

G. Schnider, Israel

I am delighted to hear from my friends in the Israeli Whisky Club. This is a very interesting story about your ceramic produced to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, I can give you no information on the ceramic or the company in London that produced it, but I hope one of our readers might have some information for us. As far as whisky collectors are concerned its value will be quite low, as it is a blended whisky and an unknown name, however it was produced 60 years ago for the Queen’s Coronation and this being Her Golden Jubilee year I think col-lectors of Royal memorabilia will be very interested in your decanter. If it was advertised on the internet you could expect to realise £120 to £150.


John, I have a bottle of Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky and I wonder about its value. The details are:

Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd
1970, matured in sherry casks for 26 years.
Distilled at Tamdhu Distillery: 14.1.70
Bottled: 15.10.96
Bottle No.17 of 390.

It is unopened and in a presentation case.

J. Coulber, France

Your bottle of Tamdhu 26 year old produced by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd. Edinburgh would be £180 to£220 at auction in Scotland.


In 2004 I purchased a bottle of Penderyn Whisky Millennium Cask, complete with presentation box direct from the distillery. This was one bottle of the original 200 from cask 70, the first ever released.

The box (which has a beautiful light wood finish) consists of a full size bottle cask strength whisky, a miniature of the same and an inscribed cut glass, also a certificate of authenticity.

In 2004 I paid the original ask-ing price of £250, are you able to give me a value of what it might fetch now.

C. Davies, Wales

Your bottle from the Penderyn Millennium Cask will be a numbered bottle. The first five numbered bottles were kept by the Distillery so only 195 bottles were sold to the public and sold out very quickly.
I have no record of a bottle being offered at whisky auction up to now but it would not surprise me if a price of £350 to
£400 could be achieved.


I have a Glenmorangie Single Malt Rare Limited Edition. The label on the box says Glenmorangie 1994, sherry cask matured, one of only 631 bottles released worldwide from cask No. 1385. Cask filled 04 April 1994, bottled 07 September 2005, 75cl., 56.1% Vol., bottle No. 86.
R. Hofmann, Germany

I know your bottle is signed by Bill Lumsden, the master distiller. Bottle No.248 of the 631 was sold at whisky auction in Glasgow December 2011 for £135. This gives you a guide to price for its value.

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