Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, has announced the forthcoming charity auction of one of its rarest-ever whiskies, the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, all in aid of Walking With The Wounded.
The 55 year old single malt Scotch whisky honours Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of William Grant – founder of the Glenfiddich distillery – who celebrated her 110th birthday in August 2011 and is the oldest living person in Scotland. Only 11 bottles of the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve will ever be released to the public, one to celebrate each decade of her life.*
The charity auction will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 10th February at The Honourable Artillery Company, and will be led by senior Christie’s auctioneer James Bruce-Gardyne. It will be bottle No.2 that is released to the public during the auction – each bottle is hand- numbered and bottle No.1 sold at Bonham’s in December last year for £46,850, breaking a world record for the most expensive single malt Scotch whisky sold at auction.
All proceeds from the sale of the whisky will go to Walking With The Wounded, a charity dedicated to the re-training and re-education of our servicemen and women. Glenfiddich is the main sponsor of the charity’s expedition to Everest this April – a fundraising challenge to put five wounded servicemen on top of the world – and guests will have the chance to meet members of the expedition’s Summit Team.
The event will be hosted by Peter Gordon, Glenfiddich chairman and great-nephew of Janet Sheed Roberts and Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master and the man behind the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve. Guest speakers from Walking With the Wounded will include Edward Parker, co-founder of the charity and Private Jaco van Gass who is part of the Everest summit team. Van Gass also took part in the Walking With The Wounded expedition to the North Pole last year, which was joined by the charity’s patron, Prince Harry of Wales.
Entrance to the auction is by invitation only and anyone who is interested in bidding for the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, either in person or on the phone, should apply for their place by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7632 4827. With the help of their bidders, Glenfiddich hopes to break the world record set by the sale of bottle No.1 in order to raise as much money as possible to support Walking With The Wounded’s pioneering work.
Additional information about the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve:
The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve is an exceptional 55 year old single malt Scotch whisky, with stunning packaging inspired by some of Janet Roberts’ favourite personal items and carefully and intricately designed by some of the country’s finest craftspeople:
• Brodie Nairn of Glasstorm, carefully created the hand-blown bottles
• Fattorini’s individually hand pressed each bottle stopper with Janet Roberts’ initials, monogrammed in gold on an aquamarine Cloisonné medallion
• Inspired by Janet Roberts’ leather travel trunk, the hand-blown bottle is encased in a luxurious leather box fabricated by Geoffrey Parker Games, complete with a Scottish deer horn toggle and lined with a bespoke patterned silk.
In addition, Alison Watt OBE – who, in 2006 was appointed Associate Artist to The National Gallery in London and participated in Glenfiddich’s Artists in Residence programme – has painted an exclusive artwork to commemorate this special anniversary, a hand-made limited edition original print, signed by the artist to accompany each bottle.
Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, commented; “It is an honour to be one of four Malt Masters who have played a role in nurturing this remarkable whisky. Our third Malt Master Gordon Ross casked this spirit on New Year’s Eve 1955, it was then nosed up to ten times by his successor, Hamish Robertson. My predecessor David Stewart cared for it for another 35 years before I had the pleasure of bottling it. It is a truly special whisky and demonstrates our pioneering approach to whisky-making.”
The exquisite 55 year old single malt Scotch whisky is pale gold in colour, the hue of autumn barley. On the nose it is light and delicate with aromas of soft orange blossom and delicate violets intermingling with notes of toasted almonds and the subtlest whiff of smoke. A perfect harmony of fruit and floral aromas, it has a surprisingly light touch of oak, incredible for a whisky that has spent so long in European wood.
To taste, creamy vanilla and a gentle smokiness are beautifully counterbalanced with some sweeter oak notes. Immediately after tasting, the finish is slightly dry but grows with time to become extremely long, lively and sweet.
Peter Gordon, Glenfiddich chairman and great-nephew of Janet Roberts, commented; “The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve is one of the rarest whiskies Glenfiddich has ever released and a real part of my family’s history. My great-aunt has witnessed great change at the Glenfiddich distillery over the past 110 years, so it seems fitting to honour her remarkable life in this way.”
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