Help with multiple bottle info

I was able to get a hold of some '80 and '90s scotch and was wondering about what I found and the possible bottle value.

Bottle list:
375ml '86-'88 Ballantine's Finest - 86 proof
750ml '89-Early 90s Ballantine's Finest - 80 proof
375ml '86-'88 Dewar's White Label - 86.8 proof
500ml '89-Early 90s Dewar's White Label - 86.8 proof
750ml Scoresby very rare 86 proof, guessing '89-Early 90s
750ml '60-'70s J.W. Dant's Blended Scotch Whisky with 112 tax strips - 80 proof

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2 months ago #2
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Most potential value is in the Dant's. No pictures, no valuation though.

Cheers,
Emile

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2 months ago #3
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Sure thing, here are some photos part 1

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Photos part 2

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2 months ago #5
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Thank you for the pictures 😊

I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you a bit, the value of these bottles is limited. They are from the 1980s and 90s but the fill-level of them is very low for bottles that are this "recent". This indicates that perhaps the screw caps were loose, but more likely that they have been stored in an environment with a lot of temperature swings: high temperatures make the whisky expand and alcohol evaporates, low temperature make the whisky contract and fresh air gets sucked in. It has the effect of a pump and that's bad for the quality of the whisky.

The Ballentine's is indeed 1990s and difficult to sell with this low fill-level. Value is less than 10 euros at auction.

1990s Scoresby is in even worse condition, difficult to sell at all.

Mid 1980s Dewar's White Label 500ml flask. In a lot better condition, but the biggest selling blended whisky in the US. Should sell for about 10 to 25 euros at auction.

I overlooked that this was the Scotch bottled under the J.W. Dant label and not the Bourbon, sorry about that. The Scotch is valued at 30 to 40 euros. I would guess 1970s. But it hasn't got "bottled in Scotland" on the label so was shipped in bulk to be bottled in the USA to save money. This means US bottles so the two digits on the bottom indicate the year the bottle was produced.

The two remaining half-bottle flasks are from the second half of the 1980s and should sell for 5 to 10 euros.

That the fill-level on some of them is low makes them difficult to sell, but not necessarily bad to drink. I've opened low level bottles that were still great to drink. But admittedly, they are a bit of an exception.

Hope this was helpful,
Emile

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2 months ago #6
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Thank you for the follow up! That is great Intel on all of these, I appreciate it. Think I might break even on these if I sell but if that's the case might as well open them up and give them a taste!

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2 months ago #7
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Sounds like a plan!

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2 months ago #8
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BottleOpener, with these examples, heed the message inherent in your name - open the bottles and enjoy!

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2 months ago #9
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Will do! Cheers!

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2 months ago #10
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Cheers! 😊

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