Caledonian Etape whisky auction 2019

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Graham Hayes, stillman, is our solo rider in this year’s Caledonian Etape on Sunday May 19th. He’ll wear the new Port Charlotte colours [see Port Charlotte cycling jersey ], taking #weareislay to the 3,500 feet slopes of Schiehallion, in aid of Marie Curie. The charity provides care for more than 40,000 terminally ill people and their families every year.

He admits that his training has mostly consisted of riding to work, on the largely un-hilly Islay, but cites the winds on Islay as adequate resistance training. He’s on Strava [follow him @Graham Hayes], and has racked up more than 1000km recently, inclusive of his regular rides out with the Bruichladdich mini-market Sunday peloton. (This local cycling club, known, apparently, as ‘G.S. Ristorante Debbies’ features in our latest Port Charlotte film >>)  In 2017 Graham completed the 300km South African Sani2C, and he did the Etape Caledonia in 2018 too, as part of the team that broke all our previous fundraising records.

This company’s cycling as a team started from the Islay-side thanks to the late, great, Carl Reavey in 2014.  Carl was an anthropologist and punk rock audio engineer, who first moved to Islay from LA in the mid 1990s, in the capacity of hotelier and barman in Port Charlotte. It was in Islay that he took to cycling more seriously, becoming a committed member of the previously mentioned Sunday club, and commuting daily round Loch Indaal to his work writing and editing the Ileach newspaper and, laterly, Bruichladdich’s creative output. Keen on the outdoor life since childhood, he was a birder and photographer, and took a lively interest in the foraging activities relating to the Botanist gin. He is much missed.

Carl’s wife Jan has donated a bottle from their whisky collection to the auction we’ll be running to boost the fundraising for Marie Curie, alongside Graham’s race sponsorship. Graham will cycle the etape in Carl’s memory. 

Your support is greatly appreciated.  Details of the auction lots are below. You can also donate here at Graham’s just giving page. >>

join the warehouse boys

One lot in the auction is a day working alongside our team in production. Last year’s winning bidders for that prize, Bob James Brown from Toronto and Darren Magda of Nashville (pictured), claim they’ll be entering the auction for it again. “Physically we’ve been here for one day, spiritually we’ll be here for the rest of our lives!” says Bob, after driving the stills for a morning and stencilling a hundred cask ends in warehouse 12.

Auction items Current bid
*STOP PRESS!* NEW LOT 00: x2 TICKETS FOR FESTIVAL MASTERCLASS 2019. SUNDAY 26TH MAY 11AM £250, Matthew Midouhas
LOT 1: BOTTLE ‘Final Act of Creation’ Jim McEwan’s own cask, one of 220 bottles, 23 year old £1001 Avishek Somani
LOT 2: SET of OCTOMORE BOTTLES 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4 £691, Bob Brown
LOT 3: OCTOMORE PRIVATE CASK BOTTLE, donated by James Brown of Octomore £600, Stefan Gerke
LOT 4: BOTTLE 17 YO BRUICHLADDICH, signed, donated by Jan Reavey, £300, Barrie Neil
LOT 5: BOTTLE OCTOMORE OBA, signed, donated by Graham Hayes £375, Julien-Carl Phaneuf
LOT 6: BOTTLE of OCTOMORE COMUS 4.2, donated by Douglas Taylor CEO. £400, Nick Campbell
LOT 7: BOTTLE OF YELLOW SUBMARINE, donated by Michael Thomson, IT/product/purchasing manager £450, John Joyce
LOT 8: BOTTLE OF OCTOMORE 6.1, signed and donated by Mary McGregor £151, Jeanphi Bredel
LOT 9: DAY FOR 2 PEOPLE WORKING IN PRODUCTION, WITH ACCOMMODATION £1000, Stefan Gerke
LOT 10: FLAG ‘Bruichladdich Natural Whisky’ £55, Kris Janssens
LOT 11: CHOICE OF 2m x 3m FESTIVAL POSTERS £60, Udo Sonntag // £40 Jens Freymuth
LOT 12: CHOICE OF 4m x 6m FESTIVAL POSTERS £30, John McDougall
LOT 13: CHOICE OF ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE FESTIVAL BACKDROPS (8m / 15m long) £50 x 2, John McDougall
LOT 14: BOTTLE BRUICHLADDICH VALINCH CASK #41, donated by Udo Sonntag in memory of Carl Reavey £100, Barrie Neil

a private octomore cask bottle

The whiskies and other lots for this year’s auction are detailed above.  We’ll update the highest bidders on the list here as they come in. The auctions will close at 9am Sunday morning, 19th May; by which time, Graham will be well on his way. Please email your bid to jane.carswell@bruichladdich.com.

Good luck with your entries, and good luck to Graham, may the wind be always at your back.

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