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Old Pulteney Bow Wave 45 Year Old Auction For Scottish Charity

12th July 2023
International Beverage Bottles Oldest Ever Old Pulteney for Scottish Youth Charity Fund ‘Bow Wave’ 45 Year Old single malt created for Distillers One of One Auction.

Old Pulteney Bow Wave 45 Year Old

International Beverage today unveiled its remarkable contribution to the whisky industry's most significant charitable auction—a bottling that represents the oldest expression of Old Pulteney to date. Named Old Pulteney Bow Wave, this 45 Year Old Single Malt is presented in an exquisitely crafted sculpture symbolising the majestic movement of a ship through crashing waves.

This one-of-a-kind masterpiece has been exclusively crafted for the biennial Distillers' One of One Auction, scheduled for October 5th, 2023, at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh. The primary beneficiary of this auction is the Youth Action Fund, a Scottish charity dedicated to empowering and transforming the lives of young people.

Old Pulteney Bow Wave presents an unparalleled opportunity to own a piece of the distillery's rich history. This exceptionally rare whisky matured for over four decades in carefully selected American oak casks, followed by an additional five years of maturation in a single first-fill Spanish oak butt. The result is described as a whisky of magnificent complexity, displaying a deep golden hue and subtle whispers of sea spray intertwined with the sweetness of honey. Delicate notes of aged oak and maritime air tantalize the palate, creating a truly captivating experience.

The whisky is housed in an equally remarkable bottle, resting upon a bed of Caithness slate. The bottle itself is a work of art, crafted from hand-blown glass with intricate Inciso cuts that mirror the essence of crashing waves. Its deep blue colour represents the boundless depths of the sea, while glimpses of the golden liquid shimmer like reflections of a morning sunrise. The bottle is adorned with exquisitely crafted Scottish silverware, meticulously fashioned by local Silversmith Lucy Woodley, adding a touch of splendour. Accessible only by a bespoke anchor key created by Glasstorm, the concealed cork evokes the timeless rhythm of the sea, captivating the senses.

The Distillers' One of One Auction, organized by the Distillers' Charity in collaboration with Sotheby's, is a global event where ultra-rare and unique Scotch whiskies are auctioned. The inaugural event in 2021 raised £2.4 million, benefiting nearly 500 disadvantaged young people from across Scotland. Over half of these individuals have already secured employment, apprenticeships, further education, training, or volunteer opportunities, highlighting the profound impact of the funds raised.

International Beverage Global Marketing Director Cara Chambers said: "This is an exciting day for everyone at International Beverage as we unveil Old Pulteney Bow Wave, which has been many months in the making. Our teams are always busy with charity initiatives, from local fundraisers to bigger partnerships that make a difference in our communities and support the causes that matter most to our people. Our contribution to supporting the Youth Action Fund at this year’s Distillers One of One Charity continues this company-wide commitment. Bow Wave is such a unique and special bottling, the likes of which no-one in our business has seen before. It’s a slice of Pulteney history, bringing together outstanding craftsmanship and a whisky that is a true treasure. We’re proud to be sending it off on its journey to Hopetoun House, and to play our part in raising vital funds and creating opportunities for hundreds of young people in Scotland."

To register interest in this auction, visit www.distillersoneofone.com

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