By Jonny McCormick

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I'm aware Glenmorangie Ealanta is not in production anymore but I would like to ask a few questions regarding this wonderful expression. I'm a great fan of the Glenmorangie brand and the whisky itself. Your magazine plays a pivotal role as I go searching for old or increasingly harder to find expressions of Glenmorangie around the world. It has helped me in the past to find rare drams where Google has failed. I would be eternally grateful if you can help me in sourcing Ealanta as this is a great dram that I really miss.
S. Coyne

Glenmorangie Ealanta was released two years ago, and was the fourth edition of the Glenmorangie Private Editions range (following Sonnalta, Finealta, and Artein). It was a 19 Years Old Highland single malt whisky aged in heavily-toasted virgin oak casks and bottled at 46%. There are some similarities between Ealanta and the Glenmorangie Missouri Oak Reserve from 2002, which was matured in charred virgin oak, not toasted oak. Ealanta's recommended retail price was £;75 on release and there were 3,433 cases produced. Glenmorangie Ealanta was sold in the UK, France, Germany, Scandinavian countries, Taiwan, Japan, and the US. As Ealanta picked up accolades and awards, more and more whisky enthusiasts became keen to buy another bottle. Online auctions are your best bet for sourcing more bottles but be prepared to pay at least double what you paid when it was originally released. For example, Scotch Whisky Auctions in Glasgow had traded 62 bottles of Ealanta by December 2014 with latest hammer prices settling at £140 a bottle before premiums, tax and delivery, though their top price has been £185. Glenmorangie have been generous with the number of bottles and pricing of their Private Editions range, so I am confident that you should have every opportunity of tasting this superb whisky once again.

I have a bottle of The Glenlivet 25 Years Old produced for Princess Diana's wedding. What would it be worth?
S. Alexander

This elegant bottling was one of a number produced to celebrate the Royal wedding in 1981. Probably the best performing from a value perspective has been The Macallan Royal Wedding, which contained whisky from 1961 and 1948 (the birth years of the bride and groom respectively). The Glenlivet was an age statement bottling, individually numbered on the label, and secured in a black box. More than a thousand bottles were available. Although prices have plateaued in recent years, I would still expect your bottle to fetch a hammer price of between £400-600 depending on the saleroom.

I stumbled across this bottle of Old Parr whisky sitting in my house in Malaysia. After doing some research on the Internet, I was not able to find a similar bottle of Old Parr, let alone it's bottling year. Would you be able to tell me something about it?
Hsein Shoong Soh

This is a half bottle of Grand Old Parr in its original gold box with a red diagonal band around the box proclaiming its "De Luxe" credentials. It still has the original price of 73RM (Malaysian Ringgits) shown, which is the equivalent of £13.50 at today's exchange rates. Your bottle probably dates from the 1970s. Note how the alcohol strength is annotated as 43oG. L., which means degrees Gay-Lussac, named after the chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850). Whisky strength has been labeled as ABV (alcohol by volume) in Scotland since 1980. MacDonald Greenlees started the Old Parr brand, naming it after Thomas Parr who died at the age of 152 years in 1635, so the story goes. He is buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

Please tell me if this bottle of Cameronbridge has any value or should I just enjoy it?
M. Robinson

This is a retailer exclusive single grain single cask whisky that was released in 2006. Duncan Taylor bottled it for La Maison du Whisky. There were 138 bottles produced from cask 3526, which was filled in February 1979, and bottled at cask strength at 56.6%. There have been a number of bottlings sold by Duncan Taylor and your bottle should fetch £60-100 at auction.