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karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 17-03-2014 at 10:44 am

I was in a second hand shop last week looking around and there wasn't much in there and I was just about to leave, when I decided to have one more look at the back of the shop where there was piles of stuff crammed on top of other stuff and right underneath of a pile of picture frames was an old wooden Johnny Walker sign, hand painted and probably hand carved, beautiful, I couldn't believe my luck, also I couldn't believe he only wanted £20 for it. With a lot of cheek I said I'll give ya £15 for it( shy kids get no sweets) and he accepted. I went home and showed my wife and she loved it. It now hangs proudly  on my kitchen wall and it looks great. Has anyone one else on the base found any hidden whisky related gems like that ?

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
WhiskyLovingPianist
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 09-08-2014 at 13:22 pm

I very recently found a hidden gem in the form of a lamp!


This Glenlivet box:

http://www.drinksupermarket.com/whisky/glenlivet-12-yo-speyside-single-malt-scotch-whisky-in-faux-leather-gift-box-70cl-40-abv.html


- was made into a lamp by some bright spark, hoho. I picked it up in a charity shop for £6 only to find the lamp working perfectly and the bottle still inside.

JonathanZT
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 13-08-2014 at 10:23 am

I have come into possession a Glen Marr, 33 year old - Ian Gray Artist Edition. Number 129 of 270 bottles. Cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky, distilled at the now demolished Caperdonich, bottled by Duncan Taylor & Co. Does anyone know much about this, and its potential worth? Not sure what type of occasion I should be drinking this for; an average Tuesday, or the World Ending kinda of stuff!! Many thanks

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 20-11-2014 at 18:11 pm

Just a little hidden Gem, I was in a charity shop today and I found a whisky label bottle shaped die-cut jigsaw for 50 pence, it also comes in a whisky bottle tubing. This will give me something to do when I am having a dram.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 14-12-2014 at 13:28 pm

I was in a second hand shop the other day and I found a Bunnahabhain Helmsman bottle pourer. It's in great condition,even though the box is very tatty. I don't know how much these are worth,but I paid £4 for it. This will look great in my whisky cabinet.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 14-12-2014 at 21:33 pm

By the way,I finished the jigsaw puzzle and there was one piece missing.:'(

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 20-12-2014 at 19:40 pm

Chalice,I am always raking about charity shops and second hand shops,you will be amazed at what you find.You know what they say,one mans rubbish is another mans treasure wink

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 11-03-2015 at 13:52 pm

I was in a second hand shop today and I found a framed six Classic malts map. It has a map of Scotland and surrounding it are the original classic malts with a nice picture of the bottle and information underneath, a fiver. Looks well hanging above my whisky cabinet,which by the way I also picked up in a second hand shop for £25. The cabinet was a bit rough when I bought it, but with a bit TLC it looks the business.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 06-04-2015 at 22:13 pm

I have an Allotment and a lot of neighbours,in fact it's a tight community. We all help each other out with wood,tools,fencing,paving etc.The guy to my right is called Allan and he does house clearances for a living,when people die and stuff. Anyway I asked him if he comes across any whisky,and he said yes,but it is mostly blended stuff like Bells Teachers etc. On the odd occasion he will come across a single malt, if he does,I can have it. A few days later I went back to the allotment and Allan looked over the fence and said I have something for you,and he gave me a bottle of Glenlivet 12yrs still in it's box,not one of my favourites,but hey,beggars can't be choosers. He said the day we talked about it,the very next day he found a bottle whilst clearing a house. He said if he gets anymore I can have them. Now I might get another one next week or next year,who knows. Allan is a hidden gem. By the way, if he gave me a bottle of Port Ellen,do I tell him how much it's worth. Mmmmmm!!

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 07-04-2015 at 16:20 pm
karloff wrote:

if he gave me a bottle of Port Ellen,do I tell him how much it's worth.

Only if you sell it and give him a cut... oh! or better yet, invite him over for a glass, and right before his last swallow, spill the beans and tell him he's about to finish a glass that would ding him £100 a shot at the pub.

louich
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 08-04-2015 at 14:33 pm

Whoa!  Port Ellen as a gift nice ! Either tell him or buy him a fine bottle of what he likes so he'll feel you more than appreciated the move.

 

That being said I stumbled upon a pair of Bruichladdich 1984 bottles hidden on a shelf. They were reasonnably priced and gone they were !

 

 

Drinking alcohol wont solve my problems, but neither will milk !
oscarswanson
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 14-04-2015 at 04:47 am

Stopping into one of my favorite stores recently I spotted this sitting on the shelf. See link below.
For about $145.00.
deal or no deal?
I bought the dam thing knowing that it is a silent distillery.
Good stuff ??

http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/25921/rosebank-1990-im

Offically retired My Collection
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 14-04-2015 at 08:12 am

Wow!!! Deal. Now that is what I call a hidden Gem happy

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
jrsheppa
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 01-05-2015 at 05:19 am

My other hobby, other than collecting scotch, is collecting art. I am very much into the fine art / urban art scene. But I also love map art. A great map maker I found recently is quaillanepress on etsy. They do limited edition letterpress maps. For those scotch fans out there, they have a great one of Scotland, which I got and now hangs proudly near where I keep my scotch collection. Thought others might be interested.



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My Collection My Market
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 21-06-2015 at 20:42 pm

I was at a market today and I spotted an old rather rustic tall thin Jack Daniels hip flask, nicely engraved. The lady wanted a tenner for it but I managed to get it for six pound. Looks good sitting in my whisky cabinet.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 07-07-2015 at 22:58 pm

Found another little gem for my whisky cabinet, a small porcelain Bowmore whisky water jug. Found it in a charity shop and it only cost me a couple of quid.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 22-08-2015 at 13:01 pm

I went to the bric-a-brac market this morning and I picked up a Round mint condition Ardbeg hip flask for £15. I haggled with the bloke for ages so he decided to throw in all of the Jack Daniels articles he had, old key rings, bottle opener,belt buckle etc and a miniature bottle of Glenfiddich which looks old and when I look at it closer it is 70% alc. Not a bad mornings rummage. Also picked up a small Glenmorangie water jug for £3

  Edited on 22-08-2015 at 14:50 pm
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
SB984
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 24-08-2015 at 01:09 am

70° UK Proof? I think we stopped using that scale in 1980 so that puts it older than that. Nice find. Would be interested to hear how it tastes.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 24-08-2015 at 08:39 am

Thanks for the information on that bottle SB984. At this present time I am collecting miniatures, but there will be a day when I am much older where I will have a big miniature party and drink the lot. wink

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 05-09-2015 at 14:22 pm

I was at a car boot sale today and picked up some really old miniatures. There was a Balgownie Export Scotch Whisky 70% proof. Glen Grant 8 years old 100% proof. Bells (Bell shaped bottle) 70% proof . "Jamie Stuart" 70% proof and a Crawford's special reserve 70% proof. All full and sealed and £1 each.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 05-09-2015 at 15:25 pm

Just been online and a miniature bottle of Crawford's 3 star special reserve has just been sold for £20. It's exactly the same as the one I bought today,so I got a bargain. Little victories happy

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
pierrethesnack
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 09-09-2015 at 13:22 pm
karloff wrote:

I was at a car boot sale today and picked up some really old miniatures. There was a Balgownie Export Scotch Whisky 70% proof. Glen Grant 8 years old 100% proof. Bells (Bell shaped bottle) 70% proof . "Jamie Stuart" 70% proof and a Crawford's special reserve 70% proof. All full and sealed and £1 each.


Wow, that sounds pretty exciting! How were they?

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 07-11-2015 at 15:09 pm

I was at a market today and there was a guy selling loads of stuff from a pub, glasses,optics,beer towels etc. And he had a six classic malts holder. You probably have seen them in pubs, about 2ft long,solid wood with a brass bar going round it and the different size holes to hold the bottles with the names underneath. Got it for £10. It fits in my whisky cabinet,almost made to measure. Looks great,especially with bottles in it, not the right ones,but who cares,it's a nice bit of furniture and I'm really pleased with it. happy

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 08-11-2015 at 11:51 am
karloff wrote:

I was at a market today and there was a guy selling loads of stuff from a pub, glasses,optics,beer towels etc. And he had a six classic malts holder. You probably have seen them in pubs, about 2ft long,solid wood with a brass bar going round it and the different size holes to hold the bottles with the names underneath. Got it for £10. It fits in my whisky cabinet,almost made to measure. Looks great,especially with bottles in it, not the right ones,but who cares,it's a nice bit of furniture and I'm really pleased with it.happy


I have seen them go for well over £50 at Auction, ah those North East Flea Market`s always worth going to.

You got a good deal there.



karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 12-12-2015 at 16:19 pm

I was at Tynemouth market today and picked up a miniature bottle of Dallas Dhu from 1968, full and sealed for £1. The bloke obviously didn't know what he had. happy

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
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