From the opening of The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant in July to the auction of Gordon & MacPhail’s 80 year old whisky, the world's oldest single malt to go under the hammer, in October, 2021 seems to be a year of plenty for the Scotch whisky industry. Distilleries have been reimagining the future of Scotland’s whisky scene, announcing exciting new initiatives that are sure to leave a lasting impact. Latest on this list of developments is a partnership between Sotheby’s and The Distiller’s Charity, an initiative that has the potential to offer remarkable whisky experiences unlike any other.
The six-year partnership will feature three biennial auctions of ultra-rare and unique Scotch whiskies and experiences, known as 'The Distillers One of One', celebrating the vibrancy and excellence of Scotland’s whisky scene.
The first of these ‘One of One’ auctions will take place on Friday 3 December and will see more than 40 lots go under the hammer, each one exclusively created and donated by leading Scotch whisky distilleries and ranging from £1,500 to upwards of £500,000.
One of the highlights of the auction is the Glenfiddich: 1950s, a four decanter prelude set of one-off bottlings from Glenfiddich distilled in the 1950s and including expressions from 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1959. These are housed in a cabinet fitted with a high precision thermometer and hygrometer from world-renowned instrument makers Fischer to allow storage conditions to be carefully controlled. The estimate on this lot is £220,000-350,000.
Another special lot is the Talisker cask bottling, which is a minimum of 43 Year Old with the option to mature for an extra five years. This single cask is from the Diageo “casks of distinction” range of whiskies, and was specially commissioned for the occasion. A unique cask head artwork by Scottish painter and Turner Prize-nominee Callum Innes will also be reproduced on the bottling. This lot is estimated at £350,000-500,000.