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I have a sealed bottle of Abbots Choice Whisky.  On the bottom it reads Made exclusively for the Abbots Choice Scotch Whisky John McEwan & Co Ltd, Leith Scotland Liquor Bottle Scotland.  It is in perfect condition and has been stored in the back of a cupboard for about 30 years


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Hi Anette

OK--the good news is that distilled products like this are so high in alcohol that they don't change much over time, for better or for worse, once they are in the bottle.  This one should be fine to drink.  But because they don't change, they also don't appreciate in value the way some fine wines do--it is worth about what a current bottling of nice Scotch is worth.

But there is one more thing to consider.  These figurine bottles can sometimes be colloctors' items.  I am not an expert on collectible bottles, but the guys at antiquebottles.com certainly are.  Drop them a note and see what they say.

And if the bottle isn't valuable, you can drink a nice bottle of Scotch.

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

Experience

30 years in the business.

Organizations
Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Publications
Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

Education/Credentials
I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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