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!
BOURBON IN A 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 there is concern about the lead leaching into the alcohol.
MAKER'S MARK and JACK DANIEL'S
If you have a very old Maker's bottle (30+ years), there could be good value. But in general, Maker's Mark collectors are concerned with the variety of bottling styles, commemorative editions, and different wax colors -- they get excited about the container. These countless variations are irrelevant to the contents, and as such, our expertise is not in evaluating the desirability of packaging.
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. Whiskey connoiseurs in general (and the kind of collectors we deal with) do not consider the actual whiskey of Jack Daniel's to be of collectible quality, with rare exceptions.
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.
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, although values have risen in recent years. $100 - $200 used to be typical for the most desirable ones, although now they can fetch more at the big auctions. But they're still common enough that it's hard to find top-dollar buyers without sending them to one of those auctions.
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.