This December, Sotheby's is proud to inaugurate a new era. In The Distillers One of One sale on December 3rd, we will mark the launch of biennial auctions of ultra-rare and unique Scotch whiskies and experiences, in partnership with The Worshipful Company Of Distillers' philanthropic arm The Distillers' Charity.
This is a golden opportunity for Scotch whisky aficionados and collectors to acquire some of the finest and treasurable whisky to come to market in recent times, including ultra-collectable one-offs, from artisan distilleries, exclusive to this sale. The first Distillers’ One of One auction – comprising one-off, never-to-be-repeated lots specially created and donated by leading Scotch Whisky distilleries – will take place at Barnbougle Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh on Friday 3 December 2021. This is a ticketed event for which all attendees must be registered. There are over 40 lots, which showcase the excellence in quality, innovation and value of Scotch Whisky, ranging in estimates from just £1,000 upwards to £500,000.
This groundbreaking auction would not be possible without the generosity of some of the most revered brands in Scotch Whisky. The Worshipful Company of Distillers have galvanized whisky brands, both new and old, from every region of Scotland to present exceptional whiskies with incredible creativity, all in the name of charity.
The sale will benefit the One Of One Youth Action Fund, a group of charities which empower and assist disadvantaged youth in Scotland.
Make this Christmas special. Slainte!
Talisker Cask of Distinction 1978 + Artwork by Callum Innes
This Talisker 1978 Cask of Distinction, donated by Diageo, embodies a unique, priceless combination of art, craft and philanthropy. Selected as a Cask of Distinction on account of its outstanding quality, this 43 Year Old cask of still-maturing Talisker single malt Scotch whisky is paired with a cask-end that has been turned into an original work of art by acclaimed Scottish painter Callum Innes. This cask can be stored for up to a further 5 years from the auction close date before bottling.
Glenfiddich The 1950s Collection (4 bottles)
A one-off collection from the last four remaining casks of Glenfiddich distilled in 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1959. These expressions are housed in a bespoke maple and mahogany cabinet by Royal Warrant holder, NEJ Stevenson, and fitted with a thermometer and hygrometer from world renowned instrument makers, Fischer.
Cask No. 4222 (plain butt) – 1955, 66 Year Old
The colour is indicative of the delicate touch from the cask, enabling the distillery character to shine decades on. With a phenomenal vibrancy, a rare touch of peat smoke is an echo from when barley was malted on site.
Cask No. 6122 (sherry butt) – 1957, 64 Year Old
Rich and resinous as its dark amber hues, The Glenfiddich DNA of fruit notes and sweetness are woven with the cask character. Emerging is an unusual spearmint note, a late appearance after its long maturation.
Cask No. 8643 (sherry butt) – 1958, 63 Year Old
Brian Kinsman drew on all his experience of Sherry cask maturation to select this whisky of great age at its peak, with the most complete, classic Sherry cask character and magnificent richness of flavour.
Cask No. 3935 (sherry butt) – 1959, 62 Years Old
On the nose, this whisky is unmistakably reminiscent of warehouse eight, where it laid surrounded by the solera vat, marrying tuns and casks. It is lively and sweet on the palate, swinging to dryness, all in one sip.
Bowmore Onyx 51 Year Old 1970
An exceptionally rare and entirely unique 51 Year Old single malt, Bowmore Onyx is the encapsulation of time, with more than half a century of craftsmanship, quality and character embedded in its genesis and story. This one of one creation is presented in a striking, hand-blown, 1.4l black glass vessel which takes its inspiration from the incredible terroir of its island home. This is a once-in-a-lifetime release from Islay’s oldest distillery.
Glen Garioch Twin Casks in Cradle 1990 and 2021
An exceptionally rare opportunity to own two casks from Glen Garioch. One, a 1990 Cask No. 5220 matured at a time when the distillery exclusively used direct fire; the other will be one of the first casks to be filled following the restoration of direct fired stills and floor maltings in 2021. The two casks will be presented in a bespoke oak cradle. This is a unique chance to own both a piece of the past and the future
• Cask Type: 1st fill American Oak, ex-Bourbon Hogshead
• Age: 18th June 1990 Distilled when Glen Garioch Distillery stills were direct fired.
• Size: Capacity 250 Litres, contents as of March 2021 – 184 Bulk at 48.2%
• Weight: Approx 250 kg
• Yield: estimated 256 0.7L Bottles (20 x 9L cs)
• Tasting Notes
• ABV: Current 48.2
En primeur Cask:
• Cask Type: 1st fill American Oak, ex-Bourbon Hogshead
• Age: Filled Oct 2021 – Dependent on Floor Maltings being completed, distilled when Glen Garioch Distillery wash still is direct fired again.
• Size: 230-250 Litres
• Weight: When full, approx 320 KG
• Yield: Will depend on age at bottling, a 10yo would normally yield 290 x 70cl bottles at a cask strength of 58.5%
• Tasting Notes: New Make Spirit
• ABV: Initial fill strength will be 63.5%, the strength loss per year if 0.4% to 0.6% per year, hence after 10 years the strength will be at around 58.5% depending on the conditions of the warehouse being used to store the cask.
Gordon & MacPhail One of One Selection Experience From The 1940s or 1950s
Gordon & MacPhail are inviting the winning bidder of this lot to join Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige, for a two-night stay in Speyside. The winner will also enjoy an immersive experience into the world of Gordon & MacPhail, including a tour of their famous warehouses, sample room and spiritual home, before working alongside Stephen and his cousin Stuart Urquhart to select their very own whisky. After sampling from a selection of casks from the 1940s and '50s, the chosen whisky will be bottled in a unique, 'one of one' decanter and accompanied by a second bottle to drink and enjoy.
In order to help transform the life chances of young people in Scotland post pandemic, The Distillers’ Charity has created The One of One 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 Distillers’ Charity.