What Makes These Whiskies So Unique | Distillers One of One – A Charity Auction | Spotlight

Edinburgh | 5 October 2023

The most unique highlight of the whisky calendar has arrived. The Distillers One of One represents all of the best elements of the industry: the community spirit, the rarity of the liquid, the creativity of the presentation and, above all, the charitable nature. Three of the highlights on offer are as follows:

The Bowmore STAC 55 Year Old is the oldest whisky ever released by the distillery. Showcasing over half a century of exquisite and skilled maturation, this single malt is housed in a striking and ground-breaking magnum-sized, 1.5 litre, hand-blown vessel made entirely of glass. The concept pays homage to Bowmore's island home where its inspiring sea stacks became the starting point for the vessel’s design.

The Brora Iris, is a historic 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky presented in a 1.5 litre decanter, itself suspended within an imposing one-of-a-kind handcrafted stone sculpture. This ultra-rare spirit, crafted by distillers at Brora five decades ago, is the oldest Brora single malt that has ever been bottled and will never be made commercially available. The stunning work of art represents the eye of a Scottish Wildcat, the highly elusive native of the Scottish Highlands that is the emblem of Brora Distillery.

From the Glen Grant Distillery comes The Visionary, an exceptional one-of-a-kind creation. This rare single malt is aged 68 years and is one of the oldest whiskies to be released by the distillery. The whisky is presented in a singular hand blown battuto-cut magnum decanter, its innovative design capturing the suspension of the spirit within the glass structure as if it was itself a rare plant or flower. A precious stone Malachite stopper and base reflect the influence of copper, celebrating the tall stills which have shaped the spirit.

In total, a collection of 39 one-off, never-to-be-repeated Scotch whiskies have been created and donated from distilleries across the length and breadth of Scotland – to be offered at an auction taking place at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh on 5 October 2023.

Proceeds to be donated to The Distillers' Charity, principally to the Youth Action Fund, dedicated to transforming the lives of young people in Scotland.

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