The Stirling Whisky Shop has collaborated with Glenfarclas Distillery, in Speyside, to create a limited edition commemorative whisky, drawn from cask numbers 13 and 14, to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
Only 700 bottles (with accompanying miniatures) have been produced as part of the edition. Bottle numbers 1 and 700, which are displayed in stunning crystal decanters, have been donated to Stirling charity The Scribbler’s Picnic for auction.
One decanter was auctioned during the Stirling Whisky Festival making over £600 for the charity. The second has gone on live auction online and will end at 9pm on June 24th – marking the date of the end of the Battle of Bannockburn 700 years ago.
The latest bid can be viewed by visiting The Scribbler’s Picnic website www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk. Bids have already been made from as far afield as Australia and Canada.
The charity hosts music events under the tagline ‘musicians helping the fight against cancer’ and donates all proceeds to cancer related charities. The charity was set up in memory of Stirling musician, teacher and writer Graham Whitelaw who had a column ‘The Scribbler’, in the Stirling Observer newspaper. A music festival is held annually by volunteers in Stirling, with hundreds of musicians donating their time to fundraise for a range of fantastic causes.
Stirling Whisky Shop owner Cameron McCann said: “These unique decanters and whisky appeal to a wide variety of people including whisky collectors, Bannockburn enthusiasts, historians, visitors and Stirling residents. There has been an overwhelming interest in the bottles already with pre orders coming in from as far away as Las Vegas. We hope these auctions will raise a fantastic amount for the charity.
“The Scribbler’s Picnic is a great charity which we are proud to support. The music festival brings people to Stirling, is great for the local community and has a fantastic atmosphere. The fact it donates all the proceeds to charitable causes made us want to join up with them for this auction.”
George Grant, Brand Ambassador for Glenfarclas Distillery, added: “It was a great honour to be asked by the Stirling Whisky Shop to work with them on producing a special bottling to celebrate 700 years since the Battle of Bannockburn.
“Unfortunately we do not have any whisky aged 700 years however I was able to use two casks - numbers 13 and 14 – to mark this very special year. I very much look forward to sampling this whisky again at the Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival.”
The auction will run online through the Scribbler’s Picnic website www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk. The Scribbler’s Picnic auction will be launched at 9am on Monday 12 May 2014 and close at 9pm on Tuesday 24 June 2014 – the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
The Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival, which is run by Cameron and business partner Iain McMenemy, was held on the same weekend as The Scribbler’s Picnic Music Festival on Sunday, 11 May.
Graham Whitelaw’s daughter Katy, who helps run The Scribbler’s Picnic festival, said: “We were delighted when The Stirling Whisky Shop approached us with these bottles to auction, it is a very generous offer.
“It is heartbreaking watching someone you love slowly die of cancer. It’s a horrendous disease. All our charity volunteers are passionate about using music and our festival as a tool to help fundraise to help fight cancer and ease the suffering of families. It won’t bring back my dad, or friends lost to the disease, but we can hopefully help make life easier for others and create opportunities to bring people together to listen to music, feel happy and remember those we have lost.”
For further information visit www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk or facebook/scribblerspicnic.
Notes to editors:
Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival
Launched in 2012, this sell out event is held at The Stirling Highland Hotel. The festival is organised by Cameron McCann and Iain McMenemy who share a love for whisky and a passion for Stirling. They bring a successful business nous and modern approach to whisky to the festival. The event brings nationalities from around the world to Stirling as part of Scotland’s Whisky Month in May. www.spiritofstirlingwhiskyfestival.co.uk
The Stirling Whisky Shop
The shop was opened in 2013 in lower level of the Stirling Highland Hotel. It stocks Stirling’s largest selection of Scotch Whiskies, Gins, Vodka, liquors and beers companied by a selection of wine, champagne, cognac, plus much more. They organise whisky tasting sessions, give whisky investment advice and valuation and host a monthly Whisky Club. The numbered Bannockburn commemoration bottles are priced £64.99 and come with a matching numbered miniature. www.stirlingwhiskyshop.com
The Scribbler’s Picnic
Established in 2001 following the death of Stirling musician, teacher and writer Graham Whitelaw who died of cancer. Friends and family members organise an annual music festival and fun day at Stirling Rugby Club in memory of Graham to celebrate his life and raise funds for cancer related charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Forth Valley Build Fund and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.
The event runs under the tagline of ‘musicians helping the fight against cancer’. Local charities and community organisations are welcome to be involved in the event to fundraise and raise their profile. The aims of the charity include: to raise awareness of cancer; provide an outlet for musicians to display their talents and foster creativity; engage people of all ages in music and encourage young people to get involved in music – playing and listening; raise funds for cancer charities; and provide a platform for other local charity groups and community organisations to fundraise. www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk
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