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Glencairn Crystal Supporting Distillers One of One Auction

3rd October 2023
Glencairn Crystal proudly supports second Distillers One of One Auction

The Distillers One of One Auction 2023

Glencairn Crystal, the esteemed Scottish glassware company known for its award-winning products, including its sturdy wee Glencairn whisky tasting glass which I am sure you are familiar with, is sponsoring the second edition of the world's most prestigious ultra-rare whisky auction: The Distillers One of One. This family-run business has also meticulously crafted bottles and decanters for 11 out of the 39 exceptional lots featuring extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime whiskies from various distilleries across Scotland.

The auction is scheduled to take place at the historic Hopetoun House near Edinburgh on Thursday, October 5th, in collaboration with Sotheby's.

Globally recognised in the industry as a top-tier crystal decanter and glassware manufacturer, Glencairn Crystal boasts over four decades of pioneering expertise. Their skilled artisans have handcrafted nearly a third of the exquisite vessels that will contain the whiskies offered at the unique whisky auction. These vessels range from special bottling's to breathtaking, bespoke, one-of-a-kind decanters.

Glencairn Crystal craftsperson.

Hand-blown, exquisitely hand-engraved, and adorned with meticulous decoration, many of these decanters hold exceptionally unique whiskies sourced from the oldest and rarest casks, spanning decades of whisky history, with some aging for over 50 years. It is anticipated that several of these special auction lots, housed in Glencairn decanters, will fetch substantial sums, including one that is expected to exceed 100,000.

The Distillers' Charity, the philanthropic branch of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, in conjunction with Sotheby's, organised the inaugural Distillers One of One auction in 2021. It achieved record-breaking hammer prices across more than 40 distinct lots, raising over 3 million. Of this, over 2.4 million was donated to the Distillers' Charity, primarily benefiting the Youth Action Fund, which is dedicated to assisting disadvantaged young people in Scotland.

The 2023 Distillers One of One auction will once again raise funds for The Youth Action Fund, aimed at transforming the life prospects of Scottish young individuals between the ages of 16 and 25. This fund comprises a portfolio of six charitable partners, each bringing their expertise and experience to help young people from underprivileged backgrounds achieve sustainable employability outcomes. These partner charities include Aberdeen Foyer, Action for Children, ENABLE Works, FARE Scotland, Street League, and Alcohol Education Trust.

Paul Davidson, Managing Director at Glencairn Crystal said: "Glencairn Crystal is proud to support the One of One auction and is delighted to have been asked to create so many of the unique bottles and decanters for the rare whiskies up for auction. We, at Glencairn, are keen to support the aims of the auction in as many ways as we can and wish them well raising money."

The Distillers One of One auction will take place on Thursday 5th October at Hopetoun House and you can register to bid at

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