Words by: Sammy Hemmings
Photography by: Whisky.Auction
Spirits auctioneer, Whisky.Auction, hosted an online auction from 18th – 27th November in aid of chosen charities fighting against ocean waste, and in celebration of the The Whisky Exchange's Whisky Show moving plastic-free.
Whisky For Oceans featured 21 exceptional bottles, a number of which were bottles created especially for the auction. A 50-year-old bottle of whisky, one of only two bottles from now closed Japanese distillery Karuizawa, was the highlight of the auction with the winning bid of £115,115 (including commission), the highest of the entire auction.
The Whisky Exchange CEO Sukhinder Singh, who donated the Karuizawa whisky, said: “I’m thrilled that the Karuizawa has raised so much for such a good cause, but it really was just the icing on a very large cake. This was an exquisite line up of bottles, the likes of which will never be seen again in one auction, and there will be some pleased collectors out there whose passion and generosity is going to really help a group of charities fight a very big fight.”
Macallan, one of the world’s most collected distilleries, donated a 50-year-old Millennium Decanter, and brought in a £37,375 bid for the rare bottle. Then Mitcher’s American Whiskey saw the highest price paid for one of their bottles when a 22-year-old bourbon sold for £13,340, one of the bottles made especially for the auction.
The auction director, Isabel Graham-Yooll said: “This auction has been a huge success thanks to the tremendous generosity of the 21 distilleries and bottlers who donated such exceptional bottles. We’ve all seen the impact that single-use plastic is having on our oceans and I am sure every donor will be delighted to hear just how much has been raised for the charities battling the issue.”
All profits of the auction, including commission, will be going to charities dedicated to the battle against plastic waste in our oceans.