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my son-in-law does construction and recently was doing an older house and discovered this old bottle of white horse whiskey on the back it saysby appt of her majesty the queen then underneath says AB no. 2127249 i was wondering what you can tell me about this he brought it home to me because i like old things i would really like to know from what year it is and if it has any value

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Hi Bridget

Thanks for the question.  Distilled spirits like this are so high in alcohol that they really don't change much, for better or for worse, once they go in the bottle.  The good news is that this should be perfectly fine to drink.  The bad news is that it hasn't appreciated in value the way some fine wines do.  This is worth about what a current bottling is worth---something under $30.  

Since it has the notice about the Queen, it's clearly from after her coronation, which was in 1952.  The bottling numbers themselves are a code that is only known to the producer---they use it for quality control monitors...but it doesn't actually help us determine the date, since we don't know the code used!

Hope that helps.

Paul Wagner  

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I have spent most of my adult life eating and drinking throughout the world, and can usually remember some of it! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about food and drink on the air.

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30 years in the business.

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I have taught at Napa Valley College for the past 20 years.

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Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Company, The Court of Master Sommeliers, Constellation Wines, The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Vinitaly, Napa County Agricultural Commissioner.

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