The Distillers’ One of One Whisky Auction
Scotland’s leading whisky distilleries to offer 39 once-in-a-lifetime lots for October’s charity auction
The Distillers One of One Auction, now in its second edition, is returning to Hopetoun House, Edinburgh this October. Following the success of the inaugural auction in 2021 – which raised £2.4m for The Distillers’ Charity new Youth Action Fund, supporting social impact initiatives for disadvantaged young people in Scotland – the event is set to attract whisky buyers and luxury goods collectors from around the world.
With advance bids now accepted online in partnership with Sotheby’s, the full list of lots includes unique bottlings from familiar names such as Jura, Glenfarclas, and The Glenturret. From fill your own experiences and single malt casks, to bespoke decanters and non-commercial releases, the auction promises to be whisky paradise.
Holding the highest estimates due to scarcity or demand, keen collectors will be keeping a close eye on bidding for:
Bowmore STAC 55 Years Old
The highest estimate in the sale (est. £300,000-500,000) will see the buyer take home with the oldest whisky ever released by the distillery. Matured for over half a century, this single malt is housed in a hand-blown glass magnum. Paying homage to Bowmore’s island home, the vessel’s design was inspired by Islay’s striking offshore sea stack.
Also housed in a unique, 1.5 litre decanter, the Brora Iris is suspended within an imposing handcrafted stone sculpture. Representing the Scottish Wildcat, also the emblem of the distillery, the 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky holds and estimate from £200,000 to £400,000. The oldest Brora single malt ever bottled, the brand also guarantees it will never be made commercially available.
The Gordon & MacPhail Recollection Showcase
A ‘lost’ distillery, silent for decades, this singular lot features five rare 70cl single malts in uniquely engraved Glencairn decanters. Estimated from £80,000 to £160,000, the lot is housed in an elegant handcrafted cabinet made of elm and oak.
It juxtaposes East and West and unites them in an object that is much more than the sum of its parts. Inside the vessel, a contrasting duo of rare Scotch whiskies were handpicked by Dhavall Gandhi to celebrate the harmonious interplay of flavours. The delicate and refined Speyside malt contributes finesse, and the flamboyant Highland malt brings poise and texture to create the ultimate cuveģe. Distilled in 1979 and bottled in 2023, both whiskies are meticulously woven to create a tapestry of uniqueness and allure.
AGA, by KANDOBLANC
Marking the launch of Kandoblanc – a new brand celebrating the fusion of ideas, cultures and creative influences through exquisitely crafted object – this lot showcases a contrasting duo of rare Scotch whiskies (est. £50,000-100,000). The Japanese art of Kintsugi and Italian technique of Battuto glass are brought together to form the decanter, a beautiful and unique objet d’art that’s truly one of a kind.
Within the vessel is a delicate and refined Speyside malt and a flamboyant Highland malt. Distilled in 1979 and bottled in 2023, both whiskies are woven together for the one-of-a-kind offering.