Sotheby’s To Host Three Charity Auctions of Ultra-Rare Scotch Whisky

, | August 15, 2021

The Distillers’ Charity and Sotheby’s are teaming up for a six-year partnership to host three biennial auctions of ultra-rate and unique Scotch whiskies and experiences under the name “The Distillers One of One.”

The first of these auctions consists of one-off, never-to-be-repeated lots specially created and donated by leading Scotch whisky distilleries and will take place at Barnbougle Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh on Friday, Dec. 3.

There will be more than 40 lots that showcase the craftsmanship, innovation and value of Scotch whisky, ranging upwards from £250,000.

Barnbougle Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh will host the first auction (image via Sotheby’s)

The Distillers’ Charity is the philanthropic arm of The Worshipful Company of Distillers. Proceeds from the auction will benefit a fund, which has been created by The Distillers’ Charity that focuses on supporting young people in Scotland. 

Charity partners include The Prince’s Foundation which offers education and training programmes, the Youth Action Fund will provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills and discover their values.

“Our ties with the Scotch Whisky Industry have been invaluable in creating this landmark sale, and the generosity shown has been overwhelming,” Jonathan Driver, Master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, said in a prepared statement. ”Across the spectrum of the industry from independents to family-owned and global companies, we have come together in a collective endeavour to support the youth of today in Scotland through practical training and education. We are also delighted to have Sotheby’s on board to help with our philanthropic mission which will have far-reaching benefits for decades to come.”

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More information about the Distillers One of One will be announced this fall.

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Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.