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Four Royal Bottles

A selection of bottlings marking Royal occasion
By Jonny McCormick
Eeach edition we'll showcase examples of collectible past bottlings that you should have a realistic chance of acquiring from the auction rooms or specialist retailers. Whether you are new to collecting and missed these bottles first time round, or wish to appraise the current value of your collection, this huide will provide you with recent values at auction.

This edition we pick our Royal whisky bottles to mark the imminent arrival of the new Royal baby to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Bottles of Midleton, Crown Royal, the Kings and Queens of Ichiro's Malt card series and Bell's Decanters marking the birth of Princess Eugenie unfortunately failed to make the cut on this occasion. Neither did the £100,000 Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons as it has yet to appear at auction.

However, significant historic occasions involving the British monarchy are frequently celebrated by whisky producers and these limited edition bottlings are sought after by whisky collectors across the globe.

Will you wet the baby's head with one of these?


The Macallan


1977, 25 Years Old, Christopher's Silver Jubilee Magnum

80 proof

Bottler: Macallan-Glenlivet Ltd
Region: Speyside
WM tasting scores: 9.3 & 8.8 (Issue 13)
Recent auction price: £6,000
Auction: Christie's, London
Date: December 2012

Comment: This large format magnum of The Macallan can be expected to appear at auction around once a year. The top price paid was in 2011 at Christies, London (£7,500) but McTear's sold a bottle in 2012 for £4,600.


The Macallan


Royal Marriage

46.8%

Bottler: The Edrington Group
Region: Speyside
WM tasting scores: 9.1 & 7.9 (Issue 96)
Recent auction price: £960
Auction: Scotch Whisky Auctions
Date: April 2013

Comment: Only 1000 bottles of this whisky were released at £150 to mark the marriage of HRH Prince William to Catherine (Kate) Middleton on the 29th April 2011. The cornflower blue label features the intertwined letters C and W. The whisky was distilled in 1996 and 1999 and values continue to rise steadily.


The Macallan


Royal Marriage

43%

Bottler: Macallan-Glenlivet Ltd
Region: Speysid
WM tasting scores: N/A
Recent auction price: £2,200
Auction: Mulberry Bank Auctions, Glasgow
Date: March 2013

Comment: This bottling marking the marriage of HRH Price Charles to Lady Diana Spencer contains a vatting of single malt whisky distilled at The Macallan distillery in 1948 and 1961, the birth years of the couple. It began breaking above £1000 at auctions in late 2011 and has been climbing steeply though this recent price for a Rinaldi Italian import marked a new record.


Port Ellen


12 Years Old Queen's Visit


Bottler: Distillers Company Limited
Region: Islay
WM tasting scores: N/A
Recent auction price: £7,600
Auction: Mulberry Bank Auctions, Glasgow
Date: March 2013

Comment: This official Port Ellen whisky was bottled to mark the occasion of the visit of HM Queen to Port Ellen Maltings on the 9th August 1980. An absolute scarcity at auction, the last bottle appeared two years earlier at McTear's and sold for £3,200.