Bottle one of Prince Charles’s whisky sells for £9,100By Melita Kiely
Bottle number one of Prince Charles’s 30-year-old Royal Lochnagar Scotch whisky has been sold for £9,100 (US$11,850), prompting the final 20 bottles to also be auctioned.
Prince Charles was gifted a cask of 30-year-old single malt Scotch whisky from 1988 when he visited the distillery in October last year.
The cask was presented to the prince to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to the distillery by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848.
Prince Charles decided to bottle the whisky and donate the proceeds to his charity, The Prince’s Foundation, making it one of the oldest Lochnagar single cask bottlings to date. The bottling took place on his 70th birthday, 14 November 2018.
A total of 206 bottles were filled from the American oak hogshead cask at 52.6% abv, 184 of which were sold via The Whisky Exchange through a ballot selection process, priced at RRP £1,470 (US$1,921). The ballot sale raised £225,400 (US$294, 525).
Bottle number one was sold by Whisky.Auction, which will now sell the remaining 20 bottles of Royal Lochnagar 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky in an online auction in March.
The auction will run from 3 to 12 March and the 20 lots will each have a starting price of £1,450.
The remaining bottle from the 206 has been placed permanently in the Diageo Archive for Royal Lochnagar.
Robert Lovie, deputy executive director of The Prince’s Foundation, said: “We are overwhelmed by the interest in His Royal Highness’s cask of Royal Lochnagar Scotch whisky and would like to give every chance for people to own a bottle.
“All proceeds raised from the sale of these bottles will be used to support the work of The Prince’s Foundation in Royal Deeside. We hope that the auction of numbers two to 20 and 206 will be equally sought after and will provide another boost to the total of £235,865 already raised by the sale of the cask to support The Prince’s Foundation’s commitment to helping Ballater regain its footing and train a new generation of hospitality professionals.”