Whisky Ambassadors Auction to raise funds for The BEN

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The third Whisky Ambassadors’ auction is only days away with all proceeds going to Scottish drinks industry charity, The BEN.

The third Ambassadors’ Whisky Auction will take place to raise funds for The BEN (the Scottish Drinks Industry Charity).

The BEN has partnered with online whisky auction site, Whisky Auctioneer, to host the charity auction from 22 December – 9 January. All funds raised will be donated to the charity, including Whisky Auctioneer’s buyers commission.

Whisky Ambassadors from across the UK have collaborated to raise awareness and funds for the Scottish BEN. The charity supports people of all ages who work, or have worked, in the licensed trade with beneficiaries receiving annual financial assistance as well as discretionary one-off grants for emergency situations. The BEN has been inundated with applications for support since the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the industry. The charity must generate funds annually, mainly from events and donations. 

When the call to donate bottles of whisky for a BEN Christmas auction came this year, there was no hesitation to participate.

Trustee of The BEN and Marketing Communication Manager of Ardnamurchan Distillery Jenny Karlsson said: “It was a late decision to go ahead with the auction this year, but after speaking with the team at Whisky Auctioneer we decided it would be possible to pull together a Christmas auction in a short period of time. I simply called on my fellow whisky industry colleagues and within days the donations started arriving in the office. I want everyone to know how generous this industry is, from writers, production managers, auctioneers and ambassadors, every single one wanted to partake in this event. We hope to raise a lot of money for The BEN, now we need your help to spread the word.”

Among the lot list you’ll find a spectacular bottle from Glenglassaugh distillery distilled in 1967, the stunning award-winning Glenturret 30 year old and a couple of 1 of 1 bottles such as a cask sample from a Paul Launois cask at the Ardnamurchan Distillery and a 26 year old single cask bottle from Glenfarclas Distillery. There is also a rather unusual donation of a retro 4.5 litre bar top bottle of 12 year old BenRiach which comes with its own pouring cradle. Also donated was the 100th copy of the highly sought after book ‘The Distilleries of Great Britain & Ireland’.54 rare and diverse bottles of whisky are available to bid for from the 22nd of December. 

The list of whiskies so far

Lot Number Lot Name 
5110987 Glenfarclas 26 Year Old Cask Strength / Ambassador’s Collection 
5110988 Islay Single Malt 2007 Cadenhead’s 14 Year Old / Campbeltown Malts Festival 2022 
5110398 Famous Grouse 30 Year Old Malt Whisky 
5109861 Borders Distillery Cocktail Hamper 3 x 70cl 
5109774 Caol Ila 2007 James Eadie 15 Year Old Sherry Finish / RMW – includes Book: The Whisky Distilleries of Great Britain & Ireland 
5109772 Inchgower 2012 Lady of the Glen 10 Year Old 
5109770 Glenturret 2012 Lady of the Glen 10 Year Old 
5109768 Ardnamurchan 2016 Paul Launois Single Cask 5 Year Old #352 / One of One 
5109766 Kilchoman 2011 Calvados Double Cask Finish #136 
5109764 Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Release 
5109762 Bunnahabhain 2010 Lady of the Glen 12 Year Old 
5109760 Glenallachie 2008 North Star 13 Year Old 
5109758 Glenmorangie 14 Year Old Quinta Ruban 
5109773 Mannochmore 10 Year Old North Star / TWS 
5109771 Glen Scotia Double Cask 
5109769 Daftmill 2006 Single Sherry Cask #39 / Berry Brothers and Rudd 
5109767 Dornoch 2017 Single Bourbon Cask #12 50cl 
5109765 Spey Trutina Batch 
5109763 Loch Lomond 1997 Lee Exclusive Cask 24 Year Old / 3rd Edition 
5109761 Benromach 2013 Organic 
5109759 Ardbeg 8 Year Old Committee Release For Discussion 
5109757 Ardbeg Corryvreckan 
5109756 Mac-Talla Strata 15 Year Old Islay Single Malt 
5109754 Ardbeg Uigeadail 
5109752 Glasgow ‘1770’ 2018 Sauternes Cask Finish #994 50cl / Distillery Shop 
5109750 Glasgow ‘1770’ 2017 Ruby Port Cask Finish #808 50cl / Distillery Shop 
5109755 Speyside Single Malt 2010 North Star 10 Year Old 
5109753 Benromach 15 Year Old 
5109751 Benriach 12 Year Old 4.5 Litre pre-2014 with Pouring Cradle 
5109744 Arran 2012 East Star 9 Year Old / Taste but not Speculate 
5109749 Glenturret 30 Year Old 2021 Release 
5109742 Glasgow 2016 East Star 6 Year Old / China Exclusive 
5109740 Glen Moray 2008 North Star 13 Year Old 
5109738 Teaninich 2009 North Star 12 Year Old 
5109736 Bunnahabhain 2013 North Star 8 Year Old 
5109734 Supersonic 2013 North Star / Mach 1 
5109732 Dalmore 1991 The Black Edition 30 Year Old 
5109730 Port Askaig 28 Year Old 
5109728 Arran White Stag Fourth Release 
5109747 Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old Small Batch 
5109745 Glen Moray 2014 Oloroso Fully Matured Warehouse 1 / UK 
5109743 Speyside 25 Year Old Single Malts of Scotland A Marriage of Casks 
5109741 Lochlea First Release / Signed 
5109739 Elements of Islay Sherry Cask Blended Malt 
5109737 Glendronach 20 Year Old Tawny Port Finish 
5109735 Raasay Rye and Sherry Double Cask / Distillery Shop – Signed 
5109733 Bowmore 1997 North Star 24 Year Old / Sansibar 10th Anniversary 
5109731 Craigellachie 17 Year Old 
5109729 Caol Ila 2014 North Star 7 Year Old / Wonderland Drinks 
5109727 Aberfeldy 2014 North Star 7 Year Old 
5109746 Cao Ila 2011 East Star 10 Year Old / China Exclusive 
5109748 Glenglassaugh 1967 Massandra Connection 45 Year Old / Red Port Style Finish 
5109716 Ardnamurchan Paul Launois Release AD/06:22 

Online bidding will begin on Thursday 22 December and end Monday 9 January, follow this link  for more information.  To register for bids, visit whisky auctioneer .




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