6th Dec 2021
One of One Auction donation –
Bottle No.1 of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years with Master Blender Rachel Barrie
THE GLENDRONACH ONE-OF-A-KIND SINGLE MALT AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY
Bottle No.1 of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years, the distillery’s first-ever Single Malt at this milestone age statement, has been auctioned as part of the inaugural Distillers One of One Auction raising a total of £40,000*. The auction, which saw over 40 lots of ultra-rare and unique whiskies and experiences donated by distilleries across Scotland, raised an incredible £3.1 million/ $4.1 million.
Distilled in 1971 and matured in Spanish oak sherry casks, patiently nurtured by generations of The GlenDronach’s custodians, this rare bottling has been exquisitely crafted by Master Blender Rachel Barrie. The auction lot was specially engraved with ‘BottleNo.1’ to mark its rarity. Inside the leather presentation box adorned with a bespoke ‘Bottle No.1’ plaque, was a personal invitation from Master Blender Rachel Barrie to join her for a private distillery tasting and dining experience.
The GlenDronach’s first ever 50 year old expression will be available in international markets from early 2022 and full details of the expression and its availability will be shared in the new year.
The GlenDronach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie said:
“I am honoured and proud to have been able to share this exquisite Single Malt with The Worshipful Company of Distillers One of One Auction. This exceptionally rare expression represents five decades of dedication to the craft of whisky-making at The GlenDronach. I look forward to welcoming the successful bidder for a very special ‘behind-the-scenes’ visit to the home of the sherried-cask connoisseur.”
Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Youth Action Fund, created by The Distillers’ Charity, focusing on supporting disadvantaged young people in Scotland, transforming their life chances, and empowering them to create positive change in their lives and communities.
SVP, President of Europe, Brown-Forman, Marshall Farrer, said:
“On behalf of Brown-Forman and The GlenDronach, I would like to extend my congratulations on The Distillers inaugural One of One Auction for raising such a remarkable amount. As a company and individuals, we are incredibly proud and honoured to have participated in the Distillers One of One Auction and to have contributed to such a worthy cause.
Scotland is a valued home for our three outstanding Single Malts and we believe in donating time, talent and resources to support those communities that sustain us.”
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Notes to editors
*Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium and overhead premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.
The hammer price total of the Auction will benefit The Distillers’ Charity with ninety percent going to its newly created Youth Action Fund which will be used to change the life chances of disadvantaged young people in Scotland. The remaining ten percent will be used by The Distillers’ Charity for its general charitable purposes.
About The GlenDronach Distillery:
Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a complex and full-bodied spirit, perfect for slow maturation in Spanish sherry oak. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía in Spain.
Our richly-sherried Highland Single Malts are recognised for their deep colour and complex flavour profiles, which range from the sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes of our Oloroso casks.
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About Brown Forman
For over 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee RTDs, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Coopers’ Craft, The GlenDronach, Benriach, Glenglassaugh, Slane, Herradura, el Jimador, New Mix, Korbel, Sonoma-Cutrer, Finlandia, Chambord, and Fords Gin. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by approximately 4,700 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.
About The Distillers One of One
Launched in 2021, the Distillers One of One is a biennial series of auctions of Scottish whisky in aid of disadvantaged young people in Scotland. Led by The Distiller’s Charity, the philanthropic arm of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, and in partnership with Sotheby’s, the Scotch Whisky industry has gathered together to support philanthropy. Participating distilleries are donating ultra-rare whisky and experiences for sale at auction aiming to raise in excess of £1 million during the initial 3 December 2021 auction.
In order to help transform the life chances of young people in Scotland post-pandemic, The Distillers Charity has created the Youth Action Fund. The proceeds from the Distillers One of One auction will be disbursed from the fund to a number of charities that focus on empowering Scotland’s young adults to create positive change in their lives and communities. Sotheby’s will also donate a portion of their buyer’s premium from the auction to The Distiller’s Charity.
About The Distillers Charity
The Distillers Charity (registered no. 1193683) is the philanthropic arm of The Worshipful Company of Distillers. The Charity’s vision is to make a difference especially to young people, and those within the distilled spirits trade, helping them to reach their full potential, improve their life chances and make a positive contribution to their communities. The Distillers Charity mission is manifested through three distinctive grant-making areas:
Vocational Training & Education: to provide educational and development support to new and recent entrants to the UK spirits trade, encouraging high standards of distilling practice and service.
Livery & City giving: to fulfill our wider civic duties as a Livery, supporting the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, the Master’s charity and other good causes aligned with our vision.
Youth Action Fund: created by The Distillers Charity to use proceeds from The Distillers One of One auctions to support young people in Scotland, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, to reach their potential and make a positive contribution to their communities.
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