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Nc’nean to auction first 10 whisky bottles for charity

Highland distillery Nc’nean will auction the first 10 bottles of its inaugural single malt whisky to raise money for five charities, including The Drinks Trust.

Nc’nean’s inaugural whisky, Ainnir, comes in a 100% recycled glass bottle

The first 10 bottles of Ainnir single malt will be sold on Whisky Auctioneer from 14 to 17 August.

All proceeds from the auction will be split between charities that support sustainability, the Morvern community and the UK hospitality industry, including Trees for Life, The Drinks Trust, The Ben, The Scottish Farm Land Trust and Morvern Community Trust.

Nc’nean, which is based on the west coast of Scotland, was founded by Annabel Thomas and Derek Lewis in 2013. The site runs entirely on renewable energy.

Thomas said: “Our first ever whisky has been a long time coming and we are tremendously excited to auction off bottles #1-10 of Ainnir on Whisky Auctioneer.

“I think it’s really important to give back to the community that has supported us along our spirits journey, so this charity auction is a fitting tribute to both local, sustainability and industry organisations.”

The “unpeated, smooth and elegant” no-age-statement whisky is made from organic Scottish barley and is a combination of five casks. It is bottled at cask strength 60.3% ABV and is said to have flavours of citrus, peach, apricot and spice. It comes in a 100% recycled glass bottle.

There were only 1,320 bottles released of the inaugural whisky, which sold out online within 36 hours. The first 10 bottles are different from the rest as they feature a special silver detail.

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “It’s a privilege to bring Nc’nean’s maiden bottling to auction and we are proud to help support organisations which are close to this innovative distillery’s heart.

“Our audience of whisky collectors and enthusiasts have always shown a fantastic response to inaugural releases in the past and I have no doubt that Ainnir, with its organic and sustainable credentials, will inspire a huge amount of interest around the globe.”

To register for the auction, visit the Whisky Auctioneer website.

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