Information Needed on Usquaebach
Please help indentify and give me some idea of value of the Usquaebach 750ml bottle I found in my parents liquor cabinet. It is sealed and was in a red velvet box. I've attached some photos.
Here's the info we have on Usquaebach....
"Usquaebach" (Oos: Ke: Bah) was derived from the ancient Gaelic phrase, "uisge beatha" meaning water of life, from which the word "whisky" is derived. Usquaebach, once reserved only for royalty, aristocrats, and notables, was first introduced in the United States at the 1969 presidential inauguration. The origin of Usquaebach traces back to the early 16th century, during the reign of Mary Queen of Scots. Robert Burns immortalized it in his poem, Tam O'Shanter, with the line "Wi Usquaebae, we'll face the de’il (devil)". Usquaebach’s written tradition, however, has been traced back (Christie's - London ) to March 28, 1768. Usquaebach has gone through several incarnations since it was first created in 1768. From 1768 to 1842 it was single malt.
Between 1842 and 1904 it became a vatted Scotch whisky (a blend of single malts, often from different years from the same distiller, but never any grain whisky). Then, in 1904, it became a ‘malt-rich’ blend, where 85% of the blend was malt whisky and 15% was grain whisky. An American company, 12 Stone Flagons bought the distillery in 1973.
Starting in the 1980s, they began to release a line of aged Highland Single Malt whiskies to broaden their product base. Though it may be a ‘changeling’, the Original is still and always has been the company’s flagship.
Cobalt Brands now owns it and it is back in production. It is currently available in the United States , currently distributed in the NY/NJ area
There are three products available:
Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Usquaebach 15 Year Old Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Usquaebach Stone Flagon Blended Scotch Whisky
Not sure on value, but you may want to try McTearss or Bonham's.
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