Originally Posted by whisky is my second name
sorry to interfere, but i just bought one of those bottles and would like to ask where the bottle-number is mentioned? is it possible to see the number without opening the can? am i right that the 'Comp. No' 5142 has nothing to do with it and is no sign of identity?
because the one i bought should still be sealed... just to know if the description was right.
another question: i couldn't actually find the 8y old one with 43% anywhere - does it mean that it's such a rare version or just a mistake or ... because i'd really like to know the bottle's real 'price' a propos making an investment.
thanks for all your help,
--- Whisky ---
The number your referring to appears on the bottom left side of the label on the back of the bottle only. This kind of number appears on all Bell's whiskies from this period and it's our understanding it's not thought to be a bottle number i.e. No. 1 or 1000 bottles, because this kind of numbering is usually only assigned to limited edition bottlings, and the Dufftown Glenlivet 8 YO wasn't a limited edition. Additionally, it appears on the back label under the barcode and usually a bottle number denoting a limited bottling will have good visibility on the front label. Unfortunately, there's isn't a record of what these numbers refer to, but we do know it's definitely not a bottle number in that sense.
The 'Comp No.' doesn't give any information about the whisky or the bottle, this is a duty free identifier. We've been told there have been bottles of 8 YO that are 43% - so we know that's not an error or mistake. There isn't a comprehensive record of which strengths were being produced exactly when and where, but it's likely that it's 43% rather than 40% because it's a duty free bottle and that (43%) is an export strength version.