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Whisky auction could add £10,000 to cancer charity coffers


By Calum MacLeod

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One bidder will be able to purchase and fill their own ex-Bourbon Tomatin barrel as part of the charity auction.
One bidder will be able to purchase and fill their own ex-Bourbon Tomatin barrel as part of the charity auction.

An exclusive online auction of rare Tomatin whiskies will support local cancer charity Maggie’s Highlands.

Tomatin is expecting to add a £10,000 donation to Maggie’s 2020 fund raising efforts with proceeds from the auction.

The auction includes a unique opportunity for whisky enthusiasts to purchase a new fill ex-Bourbon Tomatin barrel, a service which is not currently offered by the Highland distillery.

The lucky bidder will have the opportunity to experience filling their own cask on site at the distillery, and roll the barrel into the Tomatin warehouse, where it will remain until it is matured.

The auction will also offer an array of vintage products, including a 90cl 1967 cask bottled in 1997 to celebrate the distillery’s centenary and Tomatin’s oldest whisky to date, a 5cl 50-Year-Old, boasting aromas of fresh oak and sweet apples.

Budding connoisseurs will also be able to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Tomatin Distillery. Led by master distiller Graham Eunson, this will allow unprecedented access to all areas of the distillery, with a bespoke tasting and lunch included.

In total, 11 rare and limited-edition lots will be on offer, with the aim to topple Tomatin’s total charitable donations to Maggie’s Highlands since 2018, over the £50,000 barrier.

This special edition 30-year-old 1897 centenary decanter is among the auction items on offer.
This special edition 30-year-old 1897 centenary decanter is among the auction items on offer.

Master distiller Graham Eunson said: “It feels special to open up the Tomatin archives for such a great cause. This has been an extremely difficult time for the charity sector, and we hope to raise some much-needed funds to support Maggie’s in continuing the specialist support they provide. The auction will also offer the public, and investors, a remarkable opportunity to purchase some priceless products and experiences.”

Andrew Benjamin, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s Highlands, thanked the distillery for its generosity.

“We are excited to be adding this auction to the growing list of fundraising activities Tomatin has kindly organised on behalf of Maggie’s Highlands, since 2018," he said.

"The money raised by this auction with enable us to continue providing vital support to cancer patients here in the Highlands.”

Tomatin Distillery’s previous fundraising activities for Maggie’s Highlands include an annual corporate golf day at Castle Stuart Golf Links and the Lockdown Whisky Festival – an award-winning virtual tasting held earlier this year, garnering over 10,000 live participants.

Bidding is already open on the exclusive list of Tomatin products and will continue until next Monday, November 16, via the auction hosted by The Grand Whisky Auction at www.thegrandwhiskyauction.com/live-auction.



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