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Forum: Whisky Blends 08-09-2014, 02:43 PM
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Views: 2,900
Posted By bkblankenship
In the UK, contact Bonham's in Edinburgh, McTears...

In the UK, contact Bonham's in Edinburgh, McTears in Glasgow,Christies in London, or go to Whiskyauction.com and contact Thomas Kruger in Rendsburg, Germany.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-09-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,535
Posted By bkblankenship
I haven't tried the Glen Rothes 2001. I bought a...

I haven't tried the Glen Rothes 2001. I bought a bottle of the 15yo Sherry Edition of the Balvenie. It is excellent. Balvenie has never disappointed me.
Forum: Whisky Blends 08-09-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,900
Posted By bkblankenship
I have found one auction of the Excelsior since...

I have found one auction of the Excelsior since 2012. The bottle sold for 347 Euro ( today's rate for Euro = $1.34 ). So it sold for US$465.00. Also, it's not guaranteed that you will get this...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-08-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,834
Posted By bkblankenship
The original Annandale Distillery.

A MALT distillery established in 1830 and owned from 1830 - 1882 by George Donald & Co. and the Annandale Distillery Company.

1883: John S. Gardner & Son

1896 - 1921: John Walker & Sons Ltd....
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-08-2013, 03:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,938
Posted By bkblankenship
I found 5 auctions with an average hammer price...

I found 5 auctions with an average hammer price of $201. After paying a selling fee of ~25% and a shipping fee of ~$20 ( destination in USA; ~$50 to Europe ) to the auction house, you would possibly...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-05-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 18,672
Posted By bkblankenship
Yes, the newer ones are made in Germany. The...

Yes, the newer ones are made in Germany. The older version was produced in France.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-05-2013, 02:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 18,672
Posted By bkblankenship
Fake Glencairn Glasses?

As North America's largest Glencairn retailer, I must respectfully disagree with RATMAN on his assumption and comparison of the Glencairn glasses. He states that the one on the left is a FAKE and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-28-2013, 03:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,140
Posted By bkblankenship
The St George whisky distillery produces some...

The St George whisky distillery produces some excellent single malt whiskies from unpeated to peated. In addition, they have released limited additions, single cask releases, and cask strength...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-05-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,438
Posted By bkblankenship
The only information that I can find in my...

The only information that I can find in my library is that it was bottled by the Northern Blending Co. Ltd. (Dumbarton & London, U.K.)

I could not find any other information on this company. Not...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-02-2013, 11:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,396
Posted By bkblankenship
FYI Springbank is peated at 8 PPM Phenols (...

FYI

Springbank is peated at 8 PPM Phenols ( formerly 15 -20 PPM ). The malted barley is dried for 6 hours over peat; after which, it is dried for 18 - 24 hours over an oil fired heat source.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-30-2013, 12:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 34,812
Posted By bkblankenship
Congrats John B!! For a novice you definitely...

Congrats John B!! For a novice you definitely did it correctly. I was pleased to read that you didn't throw it back ( cowboy the dram ). It is so much more rewarding to play with a whisky and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-21-2013, 10:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,791
Posted By bkblankenship
The quickest way is to register with...

The quickest way is to register with whiskyauction.com out of Rendsburg, Germany and keep an eye out for your desired version. Thomas has run a reputable auction site for years. Be prepared to bid...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-21-2013, 10:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,953
Posted By bkblankenship
The Glenfiddich tins were released in the...

The Glenfiddich tins were released in the mid-1990s in both full bottle tins and miniature tins.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-20-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,791
Posted By bkblankenship
The 1970 vintage of the Infinity ( 1st edition )...

The 1970 vintage of the Infinity ( 1st edition ) is long gone and in the hands of collectors as is version 2. Master of Malts is out of stock as well as Royal Mile Whiskies and The Whisky Exchange...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-18-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,151
Posted By bkblankenship
Before the 12-year-old age statement hit the...

Before the 12-year-old age statement hit the shelves, the Special Old Reserve with NAS ( No age statement ) was an 8-year-old. You are correct, they are two different whiskies. Also, at one time,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-17-2013, 10:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,348
Posted By bkblankenship
Benriach, a Speyside malt produces an excellent...

Benriach, a Speyside malt produces an excellent range of peated whiskies that lets one know the peat is present but the range is not as intense as Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Caol Ila, Port Charlotte, or...
Forum: Whisky Blends 06-03-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,716
Posted By bkblankenship
For your Canadian whisky bottle, contact Davin de...

For your Canadian whisky bottle, contact Davin de Kergommeaux of Ontario, Canada. Davin is a passionate expert on Canadian whisky. His website is: http://www.canadianwhisky.org

Davin is a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-03-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,242
Posted By bkblankenship
I suggest Glenfarclas 12-year-old ( not the...

I suggest Glenfarclas 12-year-old ( not the 10-year-old ) for a much bolder and fuller bodied malt which has a gentle sherry sweetness as well. Glenfarclas, as usual, continues to fit John Grant's...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-03-2013, 10:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,734
Posted By bkblankenship
I stand corrected. The tartan pack format was...

I stand corrected. The tartan pack format was released in the 70s, not the 80s.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-29-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,734
Posted By bkblankenship
Released in the late 80s and bottled up to ~the...

Released in the late 80s and bottled up to ~the mid-90s, Gordon & MacPhail marketed the flask-like mini as the TARTAN PACK FORMAT. G&M bottled several different single malts amd vatted malts ( now...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-29-2013, 10:59 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,956
Posted By bkblankenship
I agree with john b. To paraphrase CHARLES...

I agree with john b. To paraphrase CHARLES MACLEAN, MASTER of the QUAICH and SCOTTISH HISTORIAN, when tasting a new whisky taste it with another person as each can learn from each other by sharing...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-22-2013, 11:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,243
Posted By bkblankenship
The Glenfarclas 105 is an excellent choice. You...

The Glenfarclas 105 is an excellent choice. You seem to be a little skeptical about this expression of Glenfarclas. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised with the 105. The 105 ( 60% ABV )...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-20-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 32,371
Posted By bkblankenship
We sell the GLENCAIRN CUT CRYSTAL glass at...

We sell the GLENCAIRN CUT CRYSTAL glass at www.scotchwhiskyglass.com here in the USA.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-18-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 91,373
Posted By bkblankenship
Is Johnny Walker Blue Really that Good?

For my tastes, I have found Johnnie Walker GOLD to be far superior than JWBlue at ~1/3 the price.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-10-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,663
Posted By bkblankenship
Where are you located in eastern Carolina?

Where are you located in eastern Carolina?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-09-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,066
Posted By bkblankenship
Miniatures

During the 1980's and up until the early 1990s ( ~1991 ), the LITTLEMILL mini was bottled in a CLEAR ROUND BOTTLE. After 1991 the bottle color changed to GREEN. I have bought several of these over...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-04-2013, 03:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,896
Posted By bkblankenship
Excellent choice with the Glenfarclas...

Excellent choice with the Glenfarclas XOUNLISTEDXOX. Although the Highland Park and Macallan are excellent malts, John Grant of Glenfarclas works off the principle of offering his Glenfarclas malts...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-29-2013, 02:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,850
Posted By bkblankenship
Diageo Distiller's Editions

I agree with opelfruit in his comment above. Although I like malts matured and / or finished in ex-sherry casks, the Diageo releases of their Distiller's Editions are my least favorites. I feel...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-27-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,399
Posted By bkblankenship
What is this Scotch?

Operating since 1991, the Speyside Distillers Company, Ltd located in the small location of Drumguish ( pronounced DRUM - OOO - EESH ) with a mailing address of the nearby town of KINGUSSIE (...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-26-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,193
Posted By bkblankenship
Highland Park 40% ABV vs 43% ABV

I am assuming that the 43% bottle of HP that you spotted is the large diameter mouth opening bottle and that the bottle is round rather than the new oval shape bottle. Highland Park has not stopped...
Forum: Whisky Blends 04-26-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,277
Posted By bkblankenship
Johnnie Walker Gold N Blue Label N Liqueur

It is highly unlikely your 2 bottle presentation of JW Blue and Gold is worth much. Probably just the retail price. Unless a miniature is EXTREMELY rare, collectors are not fond of minis that have...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-26-2013, 03:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,514
Posted By bkblankenship
Glen Moray 12-Year-Old

To further JoJo's comments, this packaging continued into the 1990's and into the 2000's until Glenmorangie PLC sold Glen Moray. This bottle can still be found in large supplies in the USA. This...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-06-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,781
Posted By bkblankenship
Glassware for Islay Peat

Hello,

The Glenlivet glass is called the Speyside glass. We, at ScotchWhiskyGlass.Com carry the Canadian Whisky Glass ( the one that Michael found ), but we are currently out of stock due to...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-08-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,034
Posted By bkblankenship
I agree with Dale. I have found older...

I agree with Dale. I have found older distillations of several malts to be far superior to the bottlings of present day. My theory is that with so many distilleries switching to computerized...
Forum: Whisky Blends 05-07-2012, 02:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 75,538
Posted By bkblankenship
What's the difference in Johnnie Walker "Gold Label Reserve" & "Gold Label 18 years?

An explanation to your question is quoted below by Diageo's Nick Morgan:

"The existing Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18-year-old and Johnnie Walker Green Label will begin to be phased out in the U.S....
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-31-2012, 11:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,267
Posted By bkblankenship
I don't do valuations but I do research on what...

I don't do valuations but I do research on what bottles have sold for in the past. I have found one bottle of the 1954 G & M Talisker you have that was sold at auction in Europe in 2011. It sold...
Forum: Bourbons, Canadian, Tennessee, Collectibles and more... 03-31-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,650
Posted By bkblankenship
NC is like VA, the ABC stores are less than...

NC is like VA, the ABC stores are less than desirable. Choices quite frankly suck in any state controlled store. They just don't get it. Bushmills has more choices than you think. You have to be...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-16-2012, 10:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,990
Posted By bkblankenship
Old Pulteney 21 Year old

Further to ANNAOWEN's comment and to BLENDERM's reply, I agree with BLENDERM. This is ONLY one person's opinion. One must always remember that taste is subjective. I have had the OLD PULTENEY...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-12-2012, 11:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,177
Posted By bkblankenship
SMWS Jura

Further to JoJo's comment, the SMWS of America did not start up until 1994.
Forum: Whisky Blends 02-25-2012, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,011
Posted By bkblankenship
Old Buchanan Black & White

It is highly unlikely that it is from the 1890s as Queen Victoria was the monarch at the time, not a king. Victoria reigned from 20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901; after which her son Edward VII...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-28-2011, 05:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,038
Posted By bkblankenship
You have a very common bottle Aberlour. It sells...

You have a very common bottle Aberlour. It sells for about 70 dollars. I would just open and enjoy.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-07-2011, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,848
Posted By bkblankenship
Scotch minis in atlanta and birmingham

Why don't you call the numbers? JoJo has supplied you with the phone numbers.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-24-2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,525
Posted By bkblankenship
Year on bottle ??

As I understand that 2/3 is lost in distillation, I was making the point that each distillery has different peating levels. Some higher than others. My supporting documentation contradicts your...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-24-2011, 02:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,525
Posted By bkblankenship
Year on bottle ??

george13815,

Please see below. Below is a post I made on QUEST FOR SMOKE. It should help you with selections of Islay malts and peat levels. As you will see below, not all Islays are peaty...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-23-2011, 03:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,525
Posted By bkblankenship
Year on Bottle

I think that you will find that vintage bottling is mostly done for single cask bottlings and mostly, but not always they are bottled at cask strength. You will also find that the best exception for...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-20-2011, 02:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 32,030
Posted By bkblankenship
Best Scotch that is not avalible in the U.S.?

Hi Joel,

As 505Gibbs stated, The Whisky Exchange in London is a great source as well as Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh. I have been buying from these retailers for years. One thing to keep in...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-19-2011, 12:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,408
Posted By bkblankenship
Looking for whisky distillery wall map/poster in USA

Dan,

See your private message at Whisky.com from me.

Kenneth Blankenship
Forum: Whisky Blends 03-15-2011, 02:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 16,116
Posted By bkblankenship
Rum in Johnnie Walker Bottle

I agree with blenderm. I have seen the picture of the bottle. It is a Johnnie Walker style bottle, but is not a Johnnie Walker bottle. The Frigate Rum bottle's shoulders are not as broad as the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-10-2011, 03:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,638
Posted By bkblankenship
Decanting Scotch

If the decanter is 24% lead crystal or leaded at all, do not decant as lead will leach into the whisky over a period of time. You can; however, decant in the leaded crystal for a short period of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-02-2011, 11:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 12,460
Posted By bkblankenship
Visiting Scotland: Want good, hard-to-find whisky

I NEVER bring back whiskies that can be purchased in the USA. A person would be daff to do so. I only bring back expressions that cannot be had here. Many expressions are for duty free only and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-02-2011, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 12,460
Posted By bkblankenship
Visiting Scotland: Want good, hard-to-find whisky

Note to HEWINS:

Please contact me at bkblankenship@scotchwhiskyglass.com as I can help you immensely in this arena with shops, distilleries, key people contacts in distilleries, popular and well...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-15-2011, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 33,173
Posted By bkblankenship
Glencairn Glass? Which one? Where to get it?

Yes, the Glencairn glass is dishwasher safe.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-12-2011, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,342
Posted By bkblankenship
Broken Laphroaig Quarter Cask Cork....Anyone Got An Extra?

Daniel, I have an extra LAPHRAIOG cork. I save ALL my corks and caps from bottles in the event I run across defective packaging. Glad to send it to you. Just send me your address and I'll post it...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-11-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,799
Posted By bkblankenship
Universal Whisky Experience Presents The Nth 2011 Show in Las Vegas!

Thanks JoJo for posting above comments on Las Vegas. For those of you who are not familiar with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling code, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask No. 1.124 translates to...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-03-2011, 04:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,485
Posted By bkblankenship
Tamdhu

Excellent malt and under-rated. Very malty and a good session dram. Before you know it, half the bottle is gone by bedtime.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-28-2011, 12:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,792
Posted By bkblankenship
Octomore

jannedaarc, I'll do you one better. You will not have to pay $150 - $300 per bottle but $105 for the Octomore 2.2 at 140PPM Phenols and $110 for the Octomore 3.1 at 152PPM Phenols. e-mail me at...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-26-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,262
Posted By bkblankenship
Personal Cask of Scotch

For the cask I purchased from Bruichladdich, I owned only the whisky. They kept the cask once bottled.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-24-2011, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,206
Posted By bkblankenship
Looking to Buy a Young Cask

As I mentioned in an earlier thread, "I purchased a cask of Bruichladdich in 2001. Do your homework. Although you can have it bottled and sent to the USA, I can assure you that it is not an easy...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-02-2011, 02:25 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 51,183
Posted By bkblankenship
I'm afraid that I don't understand the statement,...

I'm afraid that I don't understand the statement, "The Oban is not really a "Highland" but a Western Highland". ALL Highland Malts are broken down into sub-regions ( districts ) of the Highlands. ...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-01-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 23,632
Posted By bkblankenship
Respectfully, I think if you do quite a bit of...

Respectfully, I think if you do quite a bit of research, you will find that most experts will emphatically disagree with you. As my preference is single malts as has been for 20 years, you will find...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-01-2011, 03:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,480
Posted By bkblankenship
1938 Macallan

Scotty, Did you or your friend phone Gordon & MacPhail as I suggested in an earlier post?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-29-2010, 04:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,480
Posted By bkblankenship
1938 Macallan

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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-21-2010, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,115
Posted By bkblankenship
"TheEtherMan" is correct about decanting in lead...

"TheEtherMan" is correct about decanting in lead crystal containers. See link provided for health risks of long-term storage in lead crystal containers.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2010, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,447
Posted By bkblankenship
what can you tell me...

Hi,

Your bottle was bottled for ~6 years; it is a rare bottling only in the sense that it is not bottled any longer; not that there are only a few around. When Billy Walker acquired Glendronach...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-04-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,581
Posted By bkblankenship
Which Brora?

In general, BRORA ( aka CLYNELISH I ) bottlings on the OB side and the Independent bottling side are good. There are several exceptional 30-Year-Old OB's; Releases 2003, 2004, & 2005. The 2006 as...
Forum: Whisky Bottle Date & Other Information Requests 11-22-2010, 01:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 96,449
Posted By bkblankenship
Similar

The 16 June 2010 Bonham's auction in Edinburgh fetched 384 Pounds Sterling ( US $576.00 at the time...now US $611.00 ) for a 1969. Was it actually bottled in 2009 to make it a 40-Year-Old whisky or...
Forum: Whisky Blends 11-14-2010, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,904
Posted By bkblankenship
hello from Miami

At this point I am not sure where to get the 18-Year-Old Parr. But a consideration should be noted. The Old Parr Classic 18-Year-Old has not received particularly good reviews whereas the The Old...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-13-2010, 01:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,853
Posted By bkblankenship
22nd SAS regiment Whisky

I am not an appraiser, but if this is what I think it is with the information you provided, this is a rectangular 70 cl bottle which was bottled for THE WHISKY CONNOISSEUR headquartered in Biggar,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-09-2010, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,535
Posted By bkblankenship
I assume you mean a SIGNATORY bottling of...

I assume you mean a SIGNATORY bottling of ARDMORE. If so, SIGNATORY is an independent bottler of scotch whiskies headquartered in Edinburgh. The company was founded by Andrew Symington in 1988. A...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-09-2010, 02:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,638
Posted By bkblankenship
Quest for Smoke

Hi,

As mentioned in my above posting from a few weeks ago, I stated I would find out the PEATING LEVEL of KILCHOMAN. Well, I have finally found out. I received the following information directly...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-06-2010, 12:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,301
Posted By bkblankenship
Dallus Dhu Whisky

Hi, I am not an appraiser of whisky but I do look for past auction prices and current retail values of older bottlings and vintages in shops worldwide to stay abreast of prices to give myself a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-05-2010, 10:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,262
Posted By bkblankenship
I purchased a cask of Bruichladdich in 2001. Do...

I purchased a cask of Bruichladdich in 2001. Do your homework. Although you can have it bottled and sent to the USA, I can assure you that it is not an easy task. You will have to be a relentless...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-05-2010, 02:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,831
Posted By bkblankenship
Many nice bottlings indeed, but there are a lot...

Many nice bottlings indeed, but there are a lot that are WAY over estimate. One must do their homework before bidding; unless of course one has very deep pockets.
Forum: Whisky Bottle Date & Other Information Requests 11-01-2010, 10:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 96,449
Posted By bkblankenship
Talisker 18s

Hi,

I found 20 bottles of Talisker 18YOs auctioned off since 2007. The hammer price ranged from $52 to $88 per bottle. The 18YO OB is a very common bottling. You may be looking for more data to...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-28-2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,401
Posted By bkblankenship
No, scotch does not have to lay on it's side as...

No, scotch does not have to lay on it's side as wine due to the higher ABV ( alcohol by volume ). Scotch has on the average 3X the ABV of wine, therefore creating a higher vapor pressure. It's the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-23-2010, 12:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,292
Posted By bkblankenship
Respectfully, I have to disagree with Blenderm on...

Respectfully, I have to disagree with Blenderm on quarter cask maturation. Blenderm stated "quarter casks don't mature whisky quickly it's that they add another dimension to the flavour". Modern...
Forum: Whisky Blends 10-18-2010, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,020
Posted By bkblankenship
Two possible reasons. No. 1 - Could be a dummy...

Two possible reasons. No. 1 - Could be a dummy bottle made for display only in liquor stores. No. 2 - Very large bottles are produced, especially in Europe to be placed upside down in pubs and bars...
Forum: Whisky Blends 10-18-2010, 02:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 39,114
Posted By bkblankenship
Your bottle should read William Whiteley. I find...

Your bottle should read William Whiteley. I find it odd that the title to the thread is "Blended" but yet you state in your thread that it is a single malt. The House of Lords blended whisky no...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-17-2010, 10:57 PM
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Posted By bkblankenship
LAPHROAIG does sell NEW-MAKE stocks to...

LAPHROAIG does sell NEW-MAKE stocks to independent bottlers. Whether they sell MATURED stocks to independent bottlers or not, I don't know. I have many examples of LAPHROAIG independent bottlings: ...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-17-2010, 01:40 PM
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Views: 9,382
Posted By bkblankenship
Laphroaig aged in wine casks? (Petras wine??)

Hi,

I have checked with a noted LAPHROAIG COLLECTOR in The Netherlands and he is not aware of an OB ( distillery bottling ) of LAPHROAIG matured and / or finished in Petra wine casks. He did lead...
Forum: Bourbons, Canadian, Tennessee, Collectibles and more... 10-14-2010, 02:55 AM
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Posted By bkblankenship
Tennessee Whiskey

Officially recognized and regulated by the U. S. tax authorities since 1941, the process begins the same as bourbon but it is the final process that distinguishes Tennessee whiskey from bourbon. ...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-12-2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,292
Posted By bkblankenship
Ardmore

Blenderm, you are correct. Further research this morning confirmed ex-bourbon barrels. It is not surprising the quarter casks are 5 years old given how quickly whisky matures in quarter casks. It...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-12-2010, 01:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,292
Posted By bkblankenship
Ardmore

Hi,

Many Master Blenders, when putting together a recipe will find that several different ages of the malt will be blended together in order to get the flavor profile they are looking for. ...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-11-2010, 11:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,292
Posted By bkblankenship
Ardmore

Hi,

I recommend you purchase the ARDMORE. ARDMORE is not a brand that comes to most people's minds in conversation as it is not found in most shops globally. ARDMORE is a peaty dram for a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-09-2010, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,861
Posted By bkblankenship
Valuation

It is highly unlikely that it was "privately distilled for the Nevis Estate" as Macallan pumped out thousands of bottles of 1980 18-Year-Old. It is possible that the Nevis Estate bought a cask of...
Forum: Whisky Blends 10-06-2010, 01:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,755
Posted By bkblankenship
Hi Mike, Fair question. I didn't pay the...

Hi Mike,

Fair question. I didn't pay the current price for the BLACK BOWMORE but was able to pick it up for a few hundred $'s when it was first released. At the time, BOWMORE released three...
Forum: Whisky Blends 10-05-2010, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,755
Posted By bkblankenship
Selling bottles of whisky ????

I agree with you Mike. I have found that because someone has found an old bottled blend in their grandfather's house while cleaning, that is a common bottling, they think it is worth a gahzillion...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-04-2010, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,811
Posted By bkblankenship
The VINTAGE is the year of distillation. Is...

The VINTAGE is the year of distillation. Is there a year printed on the label?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-02-2010, 11:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,638
Posted By bkblankenship
Hi, For burning embers, ARDBEG 10YO will do...

Hi,

For burning embers, ARDBEG 10YO will do the trick. For standard bottlings of Islay malts, ARDBEG is the most highly peated at 55 PPM Phenols. ARDBEG does bottle the special release SUPERNOVA...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-02-2010, 10:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,811
Posted By bkblankenship
Hi, Yes, it is out of production. I assume...

Hi,

Yes, it is out of production. I assume from your description that your bottle does not have a VINTAGE STATEMENT and if that is the case, this was neither a special or rare bottling. There...
Forum: Whisky Blends 09-30-2010, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,715
Posted By bkblankenship
Vat 69

Yes, VAT 69 is still around. Interestingly, VAT 69 bottles two versions; one for the British market and one for the export market. The bottling for the British market is the big brother of the two...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-11-2010, 01:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 33,173
Posted By bkblankenship
Glencairn Canadian Whisky Glass

Barbara and I are now offering the OFFICIAL GLENCAIRN CANADIAN WHISKY GLASS at http://www.scotchwhiskyglass.com. This glass is ideal not only for tasting and nosing whiskies neat but also is an...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-08-2010, 08:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,654
Posted By bkblankenship
Clynelish

Hi,

You CAN'T go wrong with Clynelish. It is an excellent northern Highland dram with maritime salt and sweetness all rolled into one lip-smacking experience. The 14-Yr-Old is the standard OB...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-31-2010, 02:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 27,949
Posted By bkblankenship
Old Smuggler

It is highly unlikely that the two were mixed in bottling as Chivas is owned by Chivas Bros. and Old Smuggler by Allied Distillers. Some of the similarity in taste and finish is probably because...
Forum: Whisky Blends 08-30-2010, 12:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,400
Posted By bkblankenship
Hi, I found several auctions of the EXTRA...

Hi,

I found several auctions of the EXTRA SPECIAL with results from $33.00 to $67.00; the numbers on the bottom of the bottle are unreadable with the photograph provided. Hint for the future. ...
Forum: Whisky Blends 08-18-2010, 09:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,419
Posted By bkblankenship
Pinnwinnie Royale

Hi, I have found three bottles at auction since 2008. Only one of them is the same as the one you have. It sold for $29.44, which was not surprising as blends normally don't command a high price...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-17-2010, 02:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,354
Posted By bkblankenship
Call GORDON and MACPHAIL in ELGIN, SCOTLAND. G &...

Call GORDON and MACPHAIL in ELGIN, SCOTLAND. G & M is a family concern owned by the Urquhart family. They are very helpful and will be glad to help you. You have good photos to email them. I'm...
Forum: Whisky Blends 08-13-2010, 10:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 40,044
Posted By bkblankenship
Ambassador 25-Yr-Old

Hi, I found 19 bottles of 25-Yr-Old Ambassador at auction since 2007 with the hammer price from $24.00 to $170.00. Five of the nineteen bottles fetched $100+. All were packaged in its individual...
Forum: Whisky Blends 08-01-2010, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 10,369
Posted By bkblankenship
Dunhill old Master

Hi,

I can help with the history of your bottle. Unfortunately, Dunhill scotch whisky is not that old ( if you consider ~30 years not that old ). The actual glass bottle it is packaged in is a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-27-2010, 11:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,297
Posted By bkblankenship
Have I been scammed? I have a copy of...

Have I been scammed?



I have a copy of The Macallan, "THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO BUYING VINTAGE MACALLAN". A few years ago a scam was uncovered concerning vintage Macallan. Upon comparing your...
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