Whisky.Auction aims to raise £200k for Plastic Oceans
Online site Whisky.Auction is hoping to raise more than £200,000 (US$260,843) for environmental charity Plastic Oceans through a public sale of rare whisky and rum bottlings.
The auction will open on 18 November and will run until 27 September in support of Plastic Oceans, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the impact that single-use plastic waste has on the world’s oceans.
Among the rare expressions that will go under the hammer are: a bottle of Caroni rum from Trinidad and a 50-year-old Karuizawa Japanese whisky.
Other highlights include a bottle of The Balvenie 1973 Vintage Cask, The Glenlivet 1948 50-year-old and The Dalmore 45-year-old.
The bottles will be displayed at The Whisky Show in London this weekend (29-30 September), with all single-use straws removed from the event.
Isabel Graham-Yooll, auction director for Whisky.Auction, said: “Every now and then an auction line-up comes along that has spirits collectors and connoisseurs on the edge of their seats with excitement. This is one of those auctions. These bottles are not merely rare, some of them are entirely unique; they have never been seen before and may never be seen again.
“The distilleries and bottlers who have kindly created and donated these lots fully support the work that Plastic Oceans undertakes and were committed to helping us raise as much money as possible for this cause.
“It is difficult to put into words just how remarkable these bottles are and we’re really hoping that is reflected in their final hammer prices.”
Plastic Oceans will use the funds raised to expand its awareness initiatives, with the goal of reaching another billion people by 2020. It will also develop films and other content to target school children, policy awareness and consumer behaviour.
Julie Andersen, global executive director for Plastic Oceans, said: “We are honoured to be the beneficiary of the auction and very excited to see the programmes being implemented by organisers to reduce their single-use plastic footprint at their events. It’s yet another example of the industry recognising the problem and being part of the solution.”