Records tumble as Distillers raise £250,000 for charity
Thursday 17th October was a landmark date in the history of Scotch Whisky as £250,000 was raised from the auction of 55 lots by The Worshipful Company of Distillers at Apothecaries Hall in London.
The evening opened with Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE, recounting Scotch Whisky highlights from his life, and offering the first lot from his personal cellar – a bottle of 1993 Jim Clark Festival pure malt whisky selling for £1,500. This opening lot set the tone for the evening, with David Ellswood, Christie’s International Director of Wine, leading the room into an excitement of bidding that ensured all 55 lots were sold, and the evening raising a total of in excess of £250,000.
Records achieved last night were:
• The Bowmore 1964 48 Years Old, created specifically for the Auction, sold for £61,000 and was:
o 2013’s most expensive bottle of whisky auctioned in the year
o The second most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at live auction in history
o The most expensive Bowmore ever sold at live auction
• The Dalmore 1964 One of One, created specifically for the Auction, and which sold for £28,000, is the most expensive Dalmore ever sold at live auction and the second most expensive bottle of whisky auctioned in 2013
Other notable lots were:
• The Hazelwood set comprising bottlings released to celebrate Janet Sheed Robert's 90th, 100th, 105th and 110th birthdays sold for £31,000.
• The Johnnie Walker Director's Blend Series, comprising the entire set of six unavailable bottlings sold for £23,000 to a telephone bidder
• The most expensive Glenury-Royal ever auctioned at £2,600.
• The most expensive bottle of Bladnoch ever auctioned at £1,100
All proceeds from the evening, organised by The Worshipful Company of Distillers, will be distributed to four charities: The Benevolent, Trelya, Alcohol Education Trust and The Distillers’ Charity.
Brian Morrison, Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, said “As a Livery Company, charity is at the heart of what we are about. This evening was a long held ambition of ours and I can honestly say I am humbled by the response of our industry, both in terms of donations and the bidding. Last night will live long in the memory of The Worshipful Company of Distillers.”
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The Worshipful Company of Distillers
Founded in 1638 the Worshipful Company of Distillers, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, today remains at the hub of the distilling industry providing support and funds to city and industry based charities.
The Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers
This year’s Master is W. Brian Morrison, past Chairman of Morrison Bowmore Distillers (owners of Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch distilleries), current Chairman of the Scottish Liqueur Centre and a Master of The Keepers of the Quaich.
Special thanks to
Christie’s, Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE, Glencairn Crystal, Whisky Magazine, The Benevolent, Trelya, Alcohol Education Trust and The Distillers’ Charity.
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