Ewan Fraser’s whisky collection

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2015-06-26 10:57:01

Ewan Fraser’s whisky collection comprises a large number of rare whiskies, including a bottle rescued from the SS Politician. First bottles

The Scottish businessman began collecting rare whiskies in the 1950s.

A 25-year-old malt whisky called the MacCallum was his first purchase for £12, five shillings. The bottle was intended to be opened at his son’s wedding but remained untouched upon it receiving an estimate of £400.

Whisky Galore

In 1993 Fraser acquired a bottle from the SS Politician, which ran aground with a cargo of 28,000 whisky cases on the outer Hebridean island of Eriskay in 1941. It is thought that several hundred cases were recovered from the ship although most were subsequently drunk.

“I believe there are only around 13 or 14 bottles that have been recovered from the island, the rest were either never found or were drank by the islanders,” Fraser told the Dumfries & Galloway Standard.

“I bought one of the bottles, which is a bottle of Haig and Haig, for a few hundred pounds at auction. Now I believe it is worth around £3,000.”

The events inspired the book Whisky Galore by Compton MacKenzie.

Profit

Another leading bottle in the collection is a 50-year-old MacCallum malt whisky. Fraser bought the bottle in the 1980s for a three-figure sum but it is now thought to be worth up to £10,000.

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