Rare lots go on sale on auction site

Published: 12/05/2011

Scotch Whisky Auctions

Scotch Whisky Auctions


Three bottles of a unique Scotch whisky signed by leading Scots personalities are to go under the hammer at a Glasgow-based Internet auction site.

Only 364 bottles of “West Highland Way” have been produced to raise much-needed funds for Sense Scotland in its 25th anniversary year.

Six will go into auction on Saturday,  June 4 at three of them signed.

The bottlings came about after three supporters of Sense Scotland walked the West Highland Way in 1998.

They went via three whisky distilleries – Auchentoshan, Glengoyne and Ben Nevis to raise money for the Charity. At the end of their gruelling trek, they celebrated with a dram at Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William, where the idea for a fund-raising whisky came about. As a result, a single cask of whisky was laid.

The end result is a unique 12-year-old single malt to celebrate Sense Scotland's 25th Anniversary. Each of the 364 bottles comes in a presentation black velvet bag with tasting notes by Caroline Dewar of Whisky With Confidence. They are bottled at 46%.
In addition, a very limited number have been signed by Scottish personalities. Scotch Whisky Auctions is honoured to have been chosen to auction these. We have six bottles in this auction - three of them unsigned.

The three signed bottles features Rangers' management duo Walter Smith and Ally McCoist, Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill, former Celtic captain and manager, and Texas lead vocalist Sharleen
Tam Gardiner, partner in said: “We are delighted that Sense Scotland have chosen us to auction their bottles and raise funds. To do our bit to help such a worthwhile cause, we won’t take any commission on the sales of these bottles, so feel free to bid as high as you like and hit us where it hurts!”

Also in the auction is a flagon of whisky from the era of Prohibition mobster Al Capone. The ceramic bottle of Heather Dew was made by Possil Pottery in Glasgow, which closed in 1942. The flagon has a US Federal warning, which came into force on all liquor bottles in 1935.
The seal is still intact, suggesting the whisky inside, from Mitchell Brothers, Glasgow blenders of that time, could be more than 60 years old.
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