By John Rose

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In 2003 I purchased a bottle of Glenfiddich Concorde Private Vintage 1976 while on a transatlantic flight. I hasten to add that I was travelling on air miles. I paid £200 for the whisky and it remains unopened and in perfect condition. Was it a wise addition to my pension fund or did I just naively get carried away with the kudos of travelling supersonic? I have retained the evidence of its provenance including my boarding pass and on-board sales brochure "The Concorde Collection". Thank you in advance for your advice.K. Hahm. Leeds. England Glenfiddich Vintage Cask Number 2433 distilled in 1976 was exclusively bottled for Concorde to be sold onboard to their customers. Approximately 280 bottles were produced at 52.5% Vol. and presented in a fine wooden box. I think it was a very good buy to help with your pension fund as anything to do with Concorde is very collectable and this being an excellent Vintage Glenfiddich you could expect to realise £300 to £400 at auction in Scotland.I live in Chicago and came across this bottle of Malt Trust Bunnahabhain 37 Years Old for $135 U. S. I have tried to find more info on Malt Trust through the internet but have been unable to come up with anything. I have heard that Malt Trust is no longer an independent bottler due to some problems. My question to you is do you feel this is a collectable bottle and if so do you think the price is right? Thanks in advance for your assistance.T Cahill. Chicago. U. S. A.I do not know about a bottler called Malt Trust but if any of our readers do they might let me know.A 37 Years Old Bunnahabhain for $ 135 U. S. sounds about the right price, as to how collectable it will be it is difficult to say, but collectors who specialise in Bunnahabhain might be interested in it.I would like your help with information on a bottle of Blair Athol Single Malt Whisky that was released for the opening of the visitor centre at the distillery. Where am I likely to find one also what sort of price will I have to pay for it?J Rogers. Paris. France.The bottle to celebrate the opening of Blair Athol Distillery has a very interesting history. It was produced in 1988 a dumpy flat flagon in black coloured glass, with the main label in white with black letters, and a red ribbon round the neck ending with a red wax button with 12 stamped into it. Filled with 12 Years Old Blair Athol Single Malt whisky, cask strength of 63.5% Vol contained within a hand crafted presentation wooden box made from Douglas Fir recycled from wood used originally at Dalwhinnie Distillery Worm Tubs. Each flagon comes with a certificate signed by the distillery manager.Only 12 flagons were produced one was given to Alan Devereux when he opened the centre on 25th. July 1988, the rest were left at the distillery until 2006 when the decision was made to sell them off in the shop. One went to the archives of Diageo, one kept at the distillery, one was found to be cracked and not sold, leaving only eight flagons which were sold.This makes them very rare and if one should come up at auction I think it would sell for £1,500 to £2,000.I would like you to help me with advice on a bottle of Glen Turret I have in my collection.It was distilled in 1980 bottled in 2003. The label is signed by the manager Neil Cameron and stillman H. Mulloy it also states that 290 bottles were produced but the bottle number has been omitted,do you know why this would be?Would this be a genuine bottle do you think?K. Milne. Glasgow. Scotland.I have been in touch with Neil Cameron the manager at Glen Turret Distillery and he has confirmed that the Special Bottling you have distilled in 1980 is a genuine Glen Turret bottling and he is getting in touch with you to discuss your bottle. I must congratulate you on your choice of collecting bottles from Glen Turret Distillery as they are very interesting and also a very good dram.