By John Rose

Under the Hammer

Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections he looks at some price guides for bottles at auction. In questions he fields your enquiries about collecting.In this issue John Rose looks at whiskies presented in ceramic containers
BOWMORE Q. E. 2
Distillation: Morrison Bowmore (Scotch Whisky) Ltd.
Proprietors of Bowmore, Auchentoshan, and Glengarioch malt whisky distilleries.Bottling: Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, bottled by the proprietor, 75cl.Strength: 43% Vol.Presentation: Black shiny glazed ceramic decanter, gold letters, contained within its original presentation tartan lined box together with ceramic toped cork.Comment: This ceramic decanter was produced by Bowmore to sell on the Q. E.2 Liner.Price Guide: £100 to £150.BRUICHLADDICH BLUE CERAMIC DECANTER 10 YEARS OLD
Distillation: Bruichladdich Distillery, Isle of Islay, Argyll.Bottling: Bruichladdich Islay single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the proprietor, 75cl.Strength: 43% Vol.Presentation: Dumpy flat type blue ceramic decanter, Bruichladdich embossed into the ceramic near the shoulder, gold transfer of Isle of Islay in the centre, decanter produced without a presentation carton.Comment: This 10 Years Old decanter was produced in the 1980s one of a series of three.Price Guide: £120 to £150.THE ROYAL YEAR 1991
Distillation & Blending: Bells Extra Special Scotch Whisky, a blend of Dufftown-Glenlivet, Bladnoch, Blair Athol, Inchgower & other malt and grain whiskies, bottled by the proprietor, 18.75 cl.Strength: 43% Vol.Presentation: Wade Porcelain Bell shaped decanter,white coloured background blue & gold lines, decanter contained within its original presentation tube.Comment: This Bell was produced to commemorate the Royal Lochnagar Hill Walk which took place on the 17th July 1991. Only members who took part were given a decanter.Price Guide: £150 to £180.BRUICHLADDICH BROWN DECANTER 10 YEARS OLD
Distillation: Bruichladdich Distillery, Isle of Islay, Argyll.Bottling: Bruichladdich Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky,bottled by the proprietor, 750ml.Strength: 43% Vol.Presentation: Brown and beige ceramic jug decanter, wax type seal on the shoulder with impressed B in the centre, brown & black letters transfer printed on the front.Comment: This brown ceramic decanter was produced in the late 1970s.Price Guide: £100 to £130.ABERLOUR CERAMIC JUG DECANTER 21 YEARS OLD
Distillation: Aberlour Distillery, Banffshire.Bottling: Aberlour-Glenlivet Special Deluxe Malt Whisky, bottled by the proprietor ,75cl.Strength: 43% Vol.Presentation: Black ceramic decanter, transfer printed with gold letters, decanter contained within its original presentation carton together with ceramic topped cork.Comment: Produced to celebrate the Centenary Of Aberlour Distillery 1879 - 1979. Very few were produced and are very hard to find.Price Guide: £320 to £380.LAGAVULIN 15 YEARS OLD
Distillation: Lagavulin Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll.Bottling: Lagavulin Islay Malt,bottled by the proprietor,75cl.Strength: 45%. Vol.Presentation: Dumpy ceramic bottle, off white coloured background, label with a sketch of the distillery in the centre, bottle contained within its original perspex presentation box.Comment: This Lagavulin 15 Years Old ceramic was hand bottled at the distillery in the early 1980s and is now hard to find.Price Guide: £300 to £350.