70-year-old Whiskey to Aid Japanese Relief Efforts

My new best friend David Urquhart, a managing partner in Scottish whisky purveyor Gordon and MacPhail, has asked me to let readers know that to show its support for the people of Japan– whom they’ve been working with for more than three decades– the company is donating bottle #1 of its new Generations Glenlivet 70 Years Old whisky to a special charity auction to raise money for the relief effort.  All funds raised will be paid to the Red Cross to help the Japanese recover from the recent disaster there.

Gordon and MacPhail launched this one-of-a-kind whisky at a special event at Edinburgh Castle earlier this month.  Distilled in 1940, only 100 full sized decanters of the whisky have been released for sale in 2011.  Whisky connoisseur Charles Maclean describes the single malt thus: “The Glenlivet 1940 opens a door into a different time, another country. To smell and taste this exquisite whisky is to experience the past in a unique way – layer upon layer of flavour, profound and evocative.”

The whisky is beautifully presented in a tear-shaped hand-blown crystal decanter with an elegant British Hallmarked silver stopper. The decanter nestles in a sterling silver base and is framed in a handmade box, crafted in Scotland using Scottish Elm.

Bonhams Edinburgh, who are giving their services for free, will deliver the special charity auction on Tuesday 29 March 2011 at 7.00pm GMT.  The auction will be held at Bonhams 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh and online at http://www.bonhams.com/eur/auction/19503/lot/1/

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