The Ciara Collection - A Unique Charity Islay Whisky Auction

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 POSTED BY Bruichladdich Administrator IN News


In aid of The Ciara Caskie Allan Appeal, the distillery managers of Islay have gathered together a unique collection of 12 bottlings, eleven Islay single malt whiskies plus one from Jura, selected individually from private collections and personally signed.  Some are hand-vatted, some old, some rare, all collectable and with a story to tell.

The lot is to be sold as an entire collection to the highest bidder at the request of all the distillery managers. It will become a slice of Islay history.

Bidding has now opened and will be run online via web, social media and email; all bids must be in by 17:00 on 30th November. See below for details.


Lot 1: The Ciara Collection

Bruichladdich - Ciara's Dram, 50%, 1985, Bourbon/ Sherry, 27 YO,  Bottle One of One - hand vatted by Jim McEwan
Lagavulin 1997 – Jazz Festival, No 20,  54.5%, Cask 1984 - (Georgette Crawford, Lagavulin)
PC10, 59.8%, Bottle 1 of 1 (Production Sample) - (Allan Logan - Bruichladdich)
Ardbeg – Lord of the Isles, 46% 25YO - (Michael Heads, Ardbeg)
Bunnahabhain 14 YO, No 143 Cognac, 59.6% - (Andrew Brown, Bunnahabhain)
Jura 200 Years - Bi Centenary, 21YO, Sherry Cask (Willie Cochrane, Jura)
Bowmore Tempest, 55.1%, 10YO Bourbon small batch - (Eddie McAffer, Bowmore)
Caol Ila, 15YO, 43% Special Edition - (Billy Stitchell, Caol Ila)
Bruichladdich - God Save the Queen – 50cl Valinch Bottling, No 86, 20YO, 50% - (Duncan McGillivray, Bruichladdich)
Bunnahabhain - Johns Peaty Dram, 1997, No 128, 51.5%, Cask 5911 - (John MacLellan, Kilchoman)
Laphroaig 1989, 17YO, 50.3% (Friends of Laphroaig 2007 Feis Ile Bottling) (John Campbell, Laphroaig)
Octomore 1.1 , 63.5% - (Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich)


Additional Lots

The response across the island and beyond to The Ciara Caskie Allan Appeal has been phenomenal.  We are incredibly fortunate to have had many wonderful items donated towards the appeal - by distillery staff, by local people and businesses and with particular thanks to the Islay Rugby club and Port Ellen Football Club, with help from our friends at HMS Vanguard, all of whom took also part in the "Hands Across Islay" run last weekend to raise money.

So, in addition to The Ciara Collection, between now and the 30th November, we will be holding daily auctions to raise funds -  unique whisky bottlings from Islay and Jura, distillery paraphernalia, signed rugby memorabilia, the weird, the wonderful and the collectable will all be up for grabs with all money going towards Ciara and her family.


When do the auctions run?

Lot 1: The Ciara Collection

The bidding is open now. The auction will close at 5pm on Friday 30th November, with the winning bid to be announced at a special whisky tasting held that evening by Jim McEwan at Bruichladdich Distillery. Details on how to bid are below.


Additional Lots

We will be auctioning different items daily across Facebook and Twitter over the next two weeks so stay in touch and keep your eyes peeled as some auctions may be swift!

Lot details to be announced shortly.


How can I bid?

Bids will be accepted via Facebook, Twitter and as comments on this article below (registration not necessary). A record of the current highest bid will be updated on this article regularly.


Shipping to Winners

Shipping costs are included in all winning bids with the exception of Lot 1 and countries we are unable to ship alcohol to (USA, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, China). We are of course happy to hold the items for any winning bids at the distillery until the winner is able to collect or arrange shipping themselves to one of these countries.

For Lot 1, The Ciara Collection, given the incredibly precious nature of the contents, shipping is by arrangement with the winning party.


What do I do if I win?

If you win a lot, please

a) Make payment for the final winning bid amount to the Ciara Caskie Appeal bank account listed below with your name and the lot number as reference.

b) Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know payment has been made and to arrange collection.


Can I get tickets to Jim McEwan's Whisky Tasting on 30th November?

Yes - we'd love you to come, but there are a limited number of places. For tickets please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Can I donate money to The Ciara Caskie Allan Appeal ?

Absolutely. The bank details are:

The Ciara Caskie Allan Appeal
Royal Bank of Scotland
Sort code: 831620
Account number: 00104384
IBAN: GB14RBOS83162000104384

If you would like you can request a notation of your name to placed along with your deposit.

** It's come to our attention that some are having problems with the bank account, I'm very sorry I should have been more clear. Please be sure to include the leading 2 zeros. Sorry for the confusion. **


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