Etape Caledonia Charity Auction for Marie Curie


On the Etape Caledonia Team

Since 2014, the Laddie Team have entered a formidable crew into the Etape Caledonia. Cycling 81 miles through the breath-taking Scottish countryside, our amateur athletes have completed the bike ride in a respectable time and without too much incident (save a crash here or there). Not bad for a couple of ‘blokes on a bike’.

This year, the Etape Caledonia is of exceptional significance to us. Our late Head of Communications, Carl Reavey, was to compete for his fifth year in sucession with our CEO Douglas Taylor. Carl unexpectedly passed away in January and so, in his honour, our stillman Graham Hayes has stoically stepped up to fill his cleats.

This years team will comprise of seasoned cycling veterans Graham Hayes and Douglas Taylor alongside DT’s long-suffering wife Lesley, Cat & Jock Holling, Paul Sanderson and newbies Gareth Wood and Julian Gorton. With aspirations of beating Carl’s old personal best (and in true Laddie fashion), Taylor’s plans have been scuppered due to the Etape lengthening the course an extra four miles! Perhaps a few drams, oatcakes and a leisurely pace are what’s required instead?

Lot Two. A 50cl bottle of the infamous Octomore OBA

On the Auction

As is tradition, we’ve auctioned off a number of lots to raise funds for Marie Curie, this year in the name of our dear friend and colleague. The distillery team donated a number of bottles for the collection and are truly humbled by the overwhelming response we had to raise money for Marie Curie. Thank you to all involved! If you would like to help by donating, you can do so via the page.

Full details of the lots were as follows:

Lot One.  One full day working in production alongside the distillery team, rolling casks and cutting new-make. The experience includes an overnight stay in our Academy House, dinner with the boys and a trip to Octomore Farm with the legendary James Brown. Please note that travel to and from Islay for Lot One is not included and is limited to 2 persons. Winning Bid: £1077, Adam Hakansson.

Lot Two.  A 50cl bottle of the infamous Octomore OBA donated by stillman Graham Hayes. This bottle is signed by Head Distiller Adam Hannett with the tin sleeve signed by all production staff including Allan Logan, Adam Hannett, Douglas Taylor and Simon Coughlin. Winning Bid: £500 Nick Campbell.

Lot Three.  A 70cl bottle of Black Art 6. Winning Bid: £380 Malcolm Rose.

Lot Four.  The 2018 Masterclass Collection – 200ml samples of each of the drams presented at our 2018 Feis Masterclass (approx 5 x 200ml bottles). Hand selected by Head Distillery Adam Hannett. Winning Bid: £520, Ronnie Grant.

Lot Five.  A 70cl bottle of Octomore Discovery from the Feis Ile 2014: quadrupled distilled Octomore, aged 7 years in Oloroso sherry casks. Donated from the private collection of CEO, Douglas Taylor. Winning Bid: £750 Nick Campbell.

Lot Six.  A 70cl bottle of Bruichladdich Nostalgia Barolo, from the 2012 Feis Ile:  distilled 1992 and bottled 2012, this 20 year old whisky was part-matured in Gaja Barolo casks. Donated from the private collection of Jan Reavey. Winning Bid: £420, Ronnie Grant.

Lot Seven: 70cl Murray McDavid independent bottling of PORT ELLEN! 1982 vintage matured in a Sauternes cask (might not be allowed to name the chateau), bottled at 48.6%abv. Winning Bid: £650, Mark Foster.

On raising funds for Marie Curie

Our team will be raising money for Marie Curie, the charity that provides care for more than 40,000 terminally ill people and their families every year.  Anything you can give towards this most worthwhile cause will be greatly appreciated. The team’s JustGiving page can be found via:

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