Question I have a bottle of Ballantine's 30 year old bottled between 1961 and 1963 and was wondering what the market value is?
Answer Hi John
Distilled spirits like this are so high in alcohol that they don't change much, for better or for worse, once they are bottled. The good news is that this is fine to drink. The bad news is that it hasn't appreciated in value the way some fine wines do. This is worth what a current bottling would be worth--not more than about $ 30 max.
The bottle itself might be worth more than the liquid inaide though--check with the guys at antiquebottles.com about that. They are the experts in collectible bottles.
Hope that helps. I wish I had better news for you.
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