The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ Charity Auction raised £212,000 from the sale of an incredible collection of rare whiskies at Mercers’ Hall in the City of London on 10th April.
Following a reception hosted by Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers Bryan Burrough and attended by the Lord Mayor of London, more than 70 lots went under the hammer of David Elswood of Christie’s.
A bottle of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1964 Fino Cask 46 Years Old (number 28 of 72) matured in its legendary No.1 Vaults was the most highly prized of the evening, with a winning bid of £31,000. This was followed closely by bottle number 14 of 83 of The Balvenie 50 Years Old Cask 191, distilled in 1952 and bottled in 2002. One of the oldest Balvenies ever released, it raised £30,000.
Other highlights include a one-of-a-kind bottle of The Dalmore 1976 Highland Single Malt Whisky 41 Years Old matured in a Graham’s Port Colheita 1963 Pipe that sold for £19,000 and a vintage distillery bottling of Glenfiddich 50 Years Old made from nine casks laid down in the 1930s, one for each of William Grant's children who helped to build Glenfiddich Distillery, for £18,000. A 2017 release of The Macallan 40 Years Old matured in three Oloroso sherry casks exceeded its pre-sale estimate with a selling price of £9,500, as did a bottle of Lagavulin 12 Years Old, mostly likely distilled in the 1960s or 70s and discovered in the cellar of The Earl of Elgin, at £1,500.
One guest will have the opportunity to return to the magnificent setting of Mercers’ Hall for lunch with Master Mercer Roddy Graham having bid successfully on a case of his Bruichladdich Private Cask bottling, another will spend a day of whisky making with liveryman Daniel Szor at The Cotswolds Distillery having donated £950, and Justerini & Brooks in St. James’s will host a dinner for the buyer of the J&B Ultima (a blend of 128 malt and grain whiskies).
Bryan Burrough, Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, said: “As Master Distiller, I am proud of the extraordinary collection of rare whiskies gathered for The Distillers’ Charity Auction and its success in raising such a significant sum to support the charitable work at the heart of our Livery and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. We are extremely grateful to all the producers and liverymen who donated lots, to Christie’s for running the auction, and of course to those who bid so generously.”
The proceeds will be donated to the Distillers’ Charity, which supports industry training and education, the Alcohol Education Trust dedicated to improving alcohol education for young people in Scotland, and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal towards the OnSide Youth Zones initiative creating opportunities for young people in London to thrive.