Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 20th May 2015
Whisky auctions – I hate them but I keep going back to them like a fly to a cowpat. May 2015 and I’m at it again with another auction of whisky miniatures. I was specifically after examples from closed distilleries missing from my collection. I did my research and worked out a sensible top price for bottles of Glen Flagler, Glenury Royal, Glen Mhor, Millburn, Port Ellen and St Magdalene. As the auction came to a close I’d been outbid on all but a bottle of Dumbarton, a grain distillery closed in 2002. Hurray! At least I’d won something.
Unfortunately my celebration was short lived when I started to hunt for reviews of this vintage dram. My first port of call was Whiskybase. 78/100 might not sound bad but the only scorer to leave a review summarises with “extremely chemical and totally undrinkable” and finished with “a true collector’s item, not to be opened.” It was time for a second opinion so I tracked the bottle down on the Malt Maniacs’ database. OMG, even worse! With an average score of 21/100 from 7 maniac votes, that’s the lowest rating I’ve ever seen for a whisky.
Even though I collect whisky, I still believe that, ultimately, whisky should be drunk. It seems that statement doesn’t apply to this Dumbarton. Other examples from the distillery score very highly in the Whisky Bible and on Malt Maniacs, so it’s not as if this miniature by Signatory is a fair example of what a Dumbarton tastes like. There’s no point in drinking it but, as a rare example from a closed distillery, it should do well as an investment. In 20 years time, when my blog has died and reviews are hard to find, I’ll sell it for £1,000s and buy a holiday home in France.