Vom Fass aus dem Jahr 1988, das zum 140. Jahrestag des ersten royalen Besuchs bei der Destillerie dem Prinzen übergeben wurde, wird nun die erste Flasche bei einer Autkion zu Gunsten der Charitystiftung „The Prince’s Foundation“ versteigert. Diese Versteigerung soll die £225,400, die aus dem Verkauf von 184 anderen Flaschen aus dem Fass für die Stiftung eingenommen wurden (wir haben hier bereits darüber berichtet), noch einmal mit weiterem Geld vergrößern.
Mehr Info über die Auktion und die Geschichte des Fasses sowie der vorangegangenen Verkaufsaktion finden Sie in der nachfolgenden Pressemitteilung, die wir von der Highland-Destillerie erhalten haben – auch für den Fall, dass Sie auf diese besondere Flasche mitbieten wollen:
BOTTLE NUMBER 1 OF HRH THE PRINCE CHARLES, DUKE OF ROTHESAY’S 1988 30-YEAR-OLD ROYAL LOCHNAGAR SCOTCH WHISKY TO BE AUCTIONED ON WHISKY.AUCTION FOR THE PRINCE’S FOUNDATION
This follows the sell-out success of The Whisky Exchange ballot for 184 bottles from this single cask release to raise funds for the charity
Bottle number 1/206 of the Royal Lochnagar 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the 1988 cask of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will be the highlight of the February auction at whisky and fine spirits specialist Whisky.Auction.
Originally a gift to His Royal Highness to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to Royal Lochnagar Distillery, by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848, The Prince generously donated the cask to his charity, The Prince’s Foundation (OSCR No. SC038770). On a visit to Royal Lochnagar Distillery last year, during which the cask was handed over, His Royal Highness tasted the whisky. Matured in an American oak hogshead cask, there are cereal, vanilla, pear and marzipan notes on the nose. The palate is creamy with a delicate sweetness, blackcurrant, walnut and coconut flavours. This special bottling took place on The Prince’s 70th birthday, 14th November 2018, and is one of the oldest Royal Lochnagar single cask releases.
Isabel Graham-Yooll, auction director for Whisky.Auction, said: “We are proud to be offering this stunning 1988 Royal Lochnagar 30 Year Old from His Royal Highness’s cask in aid of The Prince’s Foundation, and delighted that leading whisky writer Charlie MacLean will donate his handwritten tasting notes to the winning bidder for bottle number 1.’
Information on the lot is now available at www.whisky.auction/charity and the auction will be on Whisky.Auction from Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 12th February 2019. Bidders must register at whisky.auction/Account/Registration.
The release of the most collectible bottle for auction follows the success of a ballot run by The Whisky Exchange, from 31st December 2018 until 27th January 2019, for the chance to buy one of 184 bottles at the retail price of £1,470. Sukhinder Singh, owner of The Whisky Exchange, commented: ‘There was strong interest in the ballot from day one, with entries received from 30 countries. All the successful entrants have been notified and we will be delighted to send the full proceeds of £225,400* to The Prince’s Foundation.’
Of the remaining 21 bottles, 20 are being retained by The Prince’s Foundation for the further fundraising and one will be placed in the Diageo Archive in Scotland for Royal Lochnagar.
The bottle, with etched lettering infilled in gold, and bespoke Royal Lochnagar blue presentation box, both display the arms of the Duke of Rothesay (His Royal Highness’s Scottish title), ‘The cask of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay’, and a label that includes the handwritten edition number and natural cask strength of 52.6% abv.
Royal Lochnagar distillery manager Sean Phillips commented:
“We are thrilled with the response to the ballot. It is heartening to know that this celebratory Royal Lochnagar whisky will support the work of The Prince’s Foundation at The Carriage at Ballater Station on Royal Deeside, which is so important to Royal Lochnagar and our people who live and work here. We hope that the auction of bottle number 1 will provide a further boost for this good cause.’