These Whiskeys Are Not Rare and/or Valuable
Inquiries about these usually will not receive a response, with our apologies.
Please note that this page is partly our opinion. Collectibility is based on the beliefs and desires of buyers, and we can't know how every single whisky collector out there feels about every bottle!
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY from after the 1940s
Is it scotch, and does it say "Blend" or "Blended" on it? Unless it was bottled in the 1940s or earlier, the value is usually not very much. $100 - $200 is typical for the most desirable ones. If it's from the 1970s or onward, value may even be less than the bottle's modern counterpart -- for instance, a bottle of current Johnnie Walker is arguably more desirable (based on quality and flavor) than one from the 1980s.
BOURBON IN A CUTE OR DECORATIVE PORCELAIN DECANTER
Whiskey aficionados are rarely interested in decorative porcelain whiskey decanters like Jim Beam, Ezra Brooks, Jack Daniels, and IW Harper. The spirit inside isn't of high enough quality to attract extra attention. Additionally, the porcelain itself is not ideal for storing whiskey for a great length of time. And, it's very difficult to ascertain how much spirit remains inside, and if it's spoiled. To add to the problem, many of these old decanters were made with lead, and the alcohol can end up with a significant lead content.
MAKERS MARK and JACK DANIEL'S
Makers Mark has its own following; however, those collectors differ from most whiskey enthusaists. Makers enthusiasts get excited about the variety of bottling styles, commemorative editions, wax colors, love for the brand, etc. But that has mostly to do with the desirability of a container. As such, we have no expertise in evaluating things like wax coloration and packaging variations.
Jack Daniel's falls under a similar category. Unless you've got a bottle that's incredibly old, then the value to Jack Daniel's collectors comes from the variety of packaging styles, special edition decanters, and so forth. The kind of collectors we deal with, and whiskey connoiseurs in general, do not consider the actual whiskey of Jack Daniel's to be of collectible quality. There are rare exceptions to this rule, but again, that's not really our expertise.
BLENDED AMERICAN WHISKEY from after 1920
Is it American and does it say "Blend" or "Blended" on it? If so, value is very low. Even blended whiskey from before Prohibition is of dubious value, since it's very difficult to know what's actually inside; however, there is still a collectible market for pre-prohibition blends.
CANADIAN WHISKY from after the 1930s
Does it say "Canadian" on it? Unless it is very old (bottled prior to 1940), value is nominal. Canadian whisky doesn't attract much interest from collectors. Canadian bottles from decades ago may be old and even rare, but the whisky inside isn't of a quality or pedigree to command high prices. Plus, one big difficulty with Canadian whisky lies in finding a buyer. Few are interested and there is no available public forum to sell Canadian whisky in the US.
Like many whiskies listed on this page, Bells decanters may be collectible to some people -- but the value lies in the container instead of the quality of the spirit inside. If a decanter commemmorates something very special like a royal marriage or coronation, it may have significant value to those who collect such memorabilia. However, since we can't drink porcelain, we can't comment on the value of such items.
CHIVAS ROYAL SALUTE 21 DECANTERS
MINIATURE WHISKY BOTTLES or "AIRPLANE" MINIS
See this entry about miniature whisky bottles in our FAQ. This is not our expertise.