This week sees an opportunity to own a unique Bruichladdich cask – a first of its kind. It’s part of a charity auction – “One of One” – in aid of young people in Scotland, organised by the Distillers’ Charity (The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ charitable arm) and Sotheby’s.
Bruichladdich has donated a cask of single malt, distilled in 2011 from organically grown barley. It Is the first time we have ever offered an Organic cask to auction. The spirit itself is the result of our lengthy mission to explore and support progressive agriculture, all while distilling flavourful and sustainable whisky.
Bidding has already begun for The Distillers One of One sale ahead of a live auction near Edinburgh on December 3. The auction includes 42 lots of ultra-rare and unique Scotch whiskies and experiences, ranging in estimates from £1,000 to £500,000. There’s a lot more information about the lots and about the charities on the Sotheby’s website here > For how to bid, or to make an advanced bid, look for the ‘auction details’ tab and then ‘how bidding works’.
Proceeds of the One of One auction will go toward the Youth Action Fund, created by the Distillers’ Charity to support 16- to 25-year-olds in Scotland. The Youth Action Fund works with charities including the Alcohol Education Trust, ENABLE Scotland, Aberdeen Foyer and Street League.
“We are delighted to be able to offer a cask of our Organic single malt during this One of One auction. Distilling organic barley sparked a long and fruitful journey of barley exploration for us at Bruichladdich. It began as a quest for superior flavour and has broadened our minds into how important sustainable barley buying is for the future of both whisky and agriculture. This is a rare occasion to participate in that optimistic future,” said CEO Douglas Taylor.
The winning bidder will own all the unpeated whisky in cask No. 1161, which if bottled at a strength of 60.2% abv, is expected to fill around 225 standard 70cl bottles. It was distilled in 2011 from the 2010 harvest of organic barley grown at Mid Coul farm in Inverness by William Rose. After 10 years maturing in a quality ex-American oak cask, this organic single malt is ready for bottling whenever its new owner chooses. The lot includes the cost of bottling and labelling,10 years’ cask storage and insurance in our bonded warehouses – we can even send you a sample of your whisky every couple of years so you can taste how it’s maturing.
Mid Coul farm works in harmony with nature to nourish the soil, using sustainable practices and no artificial inputs such as fertilisers or pesticides, to raise the crop and uses crop rotation to nurture the soil. Such farming practices may well be recognisable to our great grandparents, but they are very much part of our future at Bruichladdich.
The auction is set to be held at Barnbougle Castle this Friday [Dec 3] from 1pm. It will be the first of three to take place under the One of One banner, as part of a six-year partnership between the Distillers’ Charity and Sotheby’s.
At Bruichladdich we have made our mark reconnecting land and ‘dram’, constantly questioning where flavour comes from, and why agriculture ecosystems are important. It’s part of the reason we were the first Scotch whisky distillery to be B Corp certified and why 50% of our annual barley requirements are grown within 10 miles of the still house.