Daftmill auction raises £35k for Scottish whisky bars

Whisky Auctioneer has raised more than £35,000 (US$42,800) through the sale of seven bottles of Daftmill single malt to support independent whisky bars across Scotland.

The online auction house sold seven bottles of Daftmill 2008 Single Bourbon Cask #68 and a tour of the Lowland distillery in an online sale on 16 May. The auction, which was the first time bottles of the Daftmill release had been available to purchase, saw bidders from Japan, the US, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK raise £35,300 (US$43,200) to support struggling whisky bars across Scotland.


Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “The results of this special online auction more than exceeded our expectations, with generous whisky collectors around the world embracing the rare chance to get their hands on this one-of-a-kind Daftmill expression, whilst helping Scotland’s independent whisky bars.


“We’re very proud to do our bit to help some of Scotland’s independent bars with this auction, which will hopefully provide them with a boost in what are extraordinarily tough times for the on-trade sector.”


Bars including The Ardshiel in Campbeltown, Artisan in Wishaw, the Bon Accord in Glasgow, Dornoch Castle Hotel in Dornoch, Fiddlers Inn in Drumnadrochit, The Highlander Inn in Craigellachie and The Malt Room in Inverness will each receive a donation of £4,941.53 (US$6,050) to support them during the current Covid-19 crisis.


Colin Thompson, managing director at Dornoch Castle Hotel, added: “We are delighted and amazed at the result of this auction and would like to thank everyone who bid for their efforts and contributions. It’s been a tricky time for our industry and this initiative has certainly helped us all.”


Initially bottled in partnership between Daftmill Distillery and Berry Bros & Rudd to support the Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland, Cask #68 was sold by the dram at venues. The expression is the first single cask bottling to be released from Daftmill’s 2008 vintage.


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