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Hallmark of St. James 25 y.o.

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I was hoping for some guidance. I had a *fantastic* single-malt this afternoon, which I had not previously seen. It was 25 y.o. scotch labelled (Vintage) Hallmark of St. James. What is this scotch, where can I get it etc.? The bottle didn't even indicate what region it is from.

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  1. This is all I was able to find on it.

    http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/101238...

    I'll see if I can find anything more.

    1. Vintage Hallmark of St. James was a well known liquor store in London. My guess is that what you had was a bottling done by the store. Many stores by their own casks and do their own independent bottlings. Sometimes these are bottled as "mystery malts" without any notation of what distillery the bottling is from. This is usually done pursuant to an agreement with the distillary.

      I believe that the company went bankrupt and I don't know if the store still exists or not. My guess is that finding a bottle of this outside of the UK, even if the store still exists, would be pretty difficult.

      1. I was wondering where you tried it?

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        1. re: jgracia

          At an engagement party. The father of the groom went into a liquor store in Brooklyn, NY and the owner told him he had something fantastic he had to try, so he bought it.

          1. re: tdg

            Anyway to find out what store? I bought some here in DC where I am, but they do not sell it anymore. Thanks.

        2. Vintage Hallmark Of St James's
          36 St James's Street
          London SW1A 1JF
          UK
          telephone: (44) 20 7408 1999

          Keep in mind is is VERY common for individual wine and spirits merchants to bottle their own (or have bottled for them) whiskies, wines, gin, etc., etc. -- especially in the UK. Some of these "buyer's own brands" go on to be very famous among the public at large (such as Cutty Sark and J&B, to name but two). Others do not, yet may be very well known among the "cognoscenti" (for instance, Cadenhead, Gordon & MacPhail, as well as Hallmark of St. James).

          Check out http://www.dandm.com/scotch_merchant.... for more information.

          Cheers,
          Jason

          1. I bought a case of it at Schneider's in DC and it was outstanding, and an excellent value. They've been out of it for a couple of years now. Of note, I'm pretty sure it was a blend, not a single-malt. If anyone finds any, please say so; I'd pay top dollar.

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            1. re: pdunn

              I found it again! In a store called Liquors Galore on Ave J in Brooklyn. Selling for about $80. And pdunn is correct that it's a vatted malt, not single malt, unless the bottle I tried a couple of years ago was different. So a question for Paul - is this something different from the one you identified as a Ben Nevis?

              1. re: tdg

                Hi just noticed your coment -
                I would have thought it was the same just labled diffent
                Here is a link for the Ben Nevis 25YO
                http://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/wh...

            2. Hi,

              I used to work for Vintage Hallmark in Luton seeling casks of Whiskey to investers overseas mainly doctors from the USA.

              The whiskey is Ben Nevis.

              Enjoy.

              Paul

                1. re: vintagehallmark2

                  I have a bottle of Vintage Hallmark of St James's and it is Glen Grant Speyside single malt, not blended. It was distilled in 1967 and bottled in 2000, cask 6659. It was imported by a company in Manhasset, NY, if that's any help.
                  Bob