Whisky Focus - The Distillers One of One Auction In Aid Of The Distillersí Charity

The Distillers One of One Auction In Aid Of Distillersí Charity


29th September 2023
The Distillers One of One charity auction reveals ultra-rare 'associate' whisky lots one week before live auction. All proceeds from this extraordinary auction will be channelled toward The Distillers' Charity, with a primary focus on the Youth Action Fund.

Glenfarclas One of One 1967 and 1968

With just one week remaining until the commencement of the second instalment of 'The Distillers One of One Auction', hailed as the world's foremost showcase of exceptionally rare whiskies, held in collaboration with Sotheby's, The Distillers One of One is delighted to unveil the final eleven exclusive lots contributed by the "Associate Donors."

These lots complement the previously disclosed Founder and Member lots, bringing the total to thirty-nine exceptional offerings now available for online bidding. To explore and participate in this extraordinary opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind whiskies that will never be replicated, please visit the Sotheby's website.

The nine Associate Donor lots include:

  • Glenfarclas One of One, 1967 and 1968: Glenfarclas, a family-owned distillery for five generations, presents a captivating set that combines two exceptional vintages from the 1960s. Encased in a bespoke ash cabinet, this set comprises Glencairn crystal decanters, offering a unique tasting experience (estimated value: £20,000 - £30,000).
     
  • Ardross Peated Highland Single Malt Cask: This specially selected cask of heavily peated Ardross Single Malt, known as cask no. 2838, was the last Ardross Peated Single Malt filled in 2022 into a New Fill Oloroso Sherry Cask. It's a rare find that's not currently available for private sale, selected by Chairman and Master Blender Andrew Rankin (estimated value: £8,000 - £16,000).
     
  • Ardnamurchan 2020 Peated Single Malt: This peated Ardnamurchan Single Malt from 2020 is produced with a strong commitment to sustainability. The winning bidder will also enjoy a tour of the Ardnamurchan distillery for themselves and a guest (estimated value: £5,000 - £10,000).
     
  • The Glenrothes Single Cask 1970 #10573: This offering from the cellars of Berry Bros. & Rudd is the very last bottle of the first-ever 'Extraordinary Cask' release. The lot includes dinner for eight guests at Berry Bros. & Ruddís Directorís Dining Room with Chairwoman Lizzie Rudd and former Brands Heritage Director Ronnie Cox (estimated value: £5,000 - £10,000).
     
  • Lindores Single Malt Scotch Whisky in Virgin Oak: A unique One of One cask of Lindores Single Malt Scotch Whisky, matured in virgin oak from the Thiron region of France, the place where the Tironesian monks, who founded Lindores Abbey, originated (estimated value: £5,000 - £10,000).
     
  • Rosebank 1993 Single Cask Pairing: This pairing consists of the very first bottles from both Rosebank 1993 single casks 433 and 625. Acquired by Ian MacLeod in 2017, these rare single casks come with a wooden display plinth made from retired casks and offer a 'first look' experience for two to visit the newly re-built Rosebank in Falkirk (estimated value: £5,000 - £10,000).
     
  • Glen Moray 1986 Cask: Bottled from a cask still maturing at Glen Moray Distillery, this whisky spent its first 30 years in a Bourbon cask before being transferred to a 1st fill Oloroso cask in 2016. The lot also includes a tasting with Stephen Woodcock (Head of Whisky Creation at Glen Moray) and overnight accommodation in Elgin (estimated value: £4,000 - £8,000).
     
  • Coachbuilt Limited-Edition Bottle: This limited-edition bottle of Coachbuilt, a brand launched by 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button, is crafted by renowned motorsport artist Paul Oz. Inspired by the chequered flag of Grand Prix, it celebrates the sport's history and Jenson Button's iconic helmet colours (estimated value: £3,000 - £6,000).
     
  • Jura 45 Year Old Single Cask 1973: Handpicked by Master Distiller Richard Paterson, this 1973 vintage Jura whisky aged in American white oak ex-Bourbon wood and Amoroso Sherry casks for 45 years. It's presented in a distinctive Jura bottle with copper foiled details (estimated value: £3,000 - £5,000).
     
  • Port Ellen 35 Year Old by That Boutique-y Whisky Company: This rare 35-Year-Old Port Ellen is curated exclusively for The Distillers One of One 2023 auction and features a label hand-illustrated by Glasgow-based artist Emily Chappell (estimated value: £3,000 - £5,000).
     
  • Laphroaig Trilogy Aged 18, 23, and 26 Years: To commemorate the coronation of King Charles III, this trilogy from Duncan Taylor includes Laphroaig whiskies aged 18, 23, and 26 years. The set is uniquely finished with red outer casing, golden labelling, and numbered '01 of 01' decanters and certificate of authenticity, all adorned with golden thistles (estimated value: £2,000 - £3,500).
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All the proceeds generated from this extraordinary auction will be channelled toward The Distillers' Charity, with a primary focus on the Youth Action Fund. This fund is dedicated to transforming the lives of underprivileged young individuals in Scotland. The previous One of One auction, held in 2021, set a remarkable record by raising £2.4 million. These funds have directly benefited over 500 young people, aged between 16 and 25, facilitating their access to further education, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities. Anticipations for a similarly significant impact from the upcoming Auction are running high.

In addition to the tremendous support offered by the participating donor brands through their generous lot contributions, The Distillers' Charity extends its heartfelt gratitude to the event's sponsors. Notably, Simpson's Malt, renowned for their high-quality malt production; McLaren Packaging, a specialist supplier of paper-based packaging for the Scotch Whisky industry; and Glencairn Crystal, creators of the world-famous Glencairn Glass, have all returned as Programme Sponsors. They are committed to supporting the Distillers One of One and the Youth Action Fund over a two-year cycle encompassing auction planning, execution, and subsequent grant allocation. Furthermore, Beamish International, a global client business specialising in rare whisky, has pledged to serve as the Programme Partner Sponsor for the 2023/2024 term. Bentley Motors Edinburgh and Forsyths have also stepped up as Auction Sponsors for the 2023 event.

The Distillers One of One auction is scheduled to commence at 14:00 GMT on October 5, 2023. To see a full list of lots or to register for online bidding visit
www.sothebys.com
 

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