Help a charity, get some whisky.

17th November, 2011 by Dominic Roskrow

Fancy getting hold of a highly collectable bottle of whisky and help out a local charity at the same time? Then this is your chance.

A unique and collectable bottle of signed whisky from Speyside’s smallest distillery will go under the hammer this week in an online auction with proceeds going to a local rescue charity.

Distillery manager, Keith Cruickshank, and infamous whisky blogger, Ralf Mitchell, commonly known as Ralfy, have signed the bottle of Benromach single cask for a charitable auction being hosted by Scotch Whisky Auctions, who have kindly agreed to waive their auction fees.

The money raised from the sale will go to Findhorn based Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation (M.I.R.O) who are an independent rescue service manned entirely by volunteers.

Keith Cruikshank said he expected the online auction, which starts today (17 November 2011) and runs until the 27th of November, to generate global interest.

He said: “This is a very unique bottle of Benromach Single malt whisky hand bottled by Ralfy at our distillery.  It is the only bottle to be bottled at this time so we hope it will be a hit with collectors and whisky enthusiasts across the globe.  The proceeds of the auction, made possible by Scotch Whisky Auctions, will go towards making a splash in Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation’s funds, which are based only a few miles away from our distillery.”

The winner will also get an exclusive selection of Benromach merchandise including a sample bottle of whisky, two blender glasses, key ring, polo shirt, wallet, stow bag, calendar and a newsletter signed by David and Michael Urquhart.

Ralfy will also donate a memory stick containing all the v-logs created for the auction, including a personalised v-log to the winner and signed tasting notes.

Simon Paterson from the Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation said: “We are very grateful to Benromach for donating a bottle of their finest whisky to be auctioned online.”

Previous charitable auctions of similar products have seen funds of around £400 raised.  Anyone interested in bidding for this unique bottle of whisky can make a bid by visiting

If you want to find out more information about Benromach and sample the unique taste of their rare whiskies visit the Glasgow Whisky Festival at The Arches on Argyll Street on November 19 2011 or visit

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