Mortlach 47yo raises S$50,000 for charity at auction

26th March, 2019 by Melita Kiely

A bottle of the soon-to-be-released Mortlach 47 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has raised S$50,000 (£28,083/ US$37,026) for charity after being sold at auction in Singapore.

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Only 94 bottles of Mortlach 47 Year Old have been created, with bottle number eight sold at auction for S$50,000

Mortlach 47 Year Old is the first release from the Diageo-owned distillery’s Singing Still Series. Only 94 bottles of the whisky have been created, featuring liquid distilled and filled into three American oak hogsheads in April 1971, and bottled at 46.8% abv. It has been given an RRP of £10,000 (US$13,295).

Bottle eight was put up for auction at a private event on 25 March in Singapore ahead of the whisky’s release, and was snapped up by an unnamed buyer. All proceeds will be donated to Daughters of Tomorrow, a charity that works to support underprivileged women by giving them skills and confidence to make a living for themselves and their families.

The Diageo private client team – South East Asia for rare and collectable sprits hosted the auction with support from Bonhams. More than 40 Mortlach collectors attended the auction.

James Mackay, head of rare and collectable spirits at Diageo, said: “This was a unique opportunity to secure a bottle of Mortlach 47 Year Old, the oldest to be released from the distillery and one of only 94 bottles.

“So rare is this liquid that it is being released through a registration to satisfy the anticipated demand from collectors.

“The desirability amongst collectors and connoisseurs for rare expressions of Mortlach has been demonstrated by the final sale price that we have seen today.”

The remaining bottles of Mortlach 47 will be allocated to buyers through a global online registration process, which will be overseen by Justerini & Brooks.

Registration will open at midnight GMT on 9 April and will close at 6pm GMT on 23 April.

Consumers can also register their interest to be one of 47 guests to attend the global launch of Mortlach 47 on 9 April in London or Singapore.

To register, visit exceptionalwhisky.com before 31 March. Successful entrants will be notified on 1 April.

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