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OurWhisky Foundation unveils Atonia’s Legacy

The OurWhisky Foundation has debuted Atonia’s Legacy, the non-profit organisation’s first whisky created for its auction collection.

Atonia's Legacy whisky
Atonia’s Legacy features liquid made by Sarah Burgess

Atonia’s Legacy: The Sarah Burgess Edition is a blended malt Scotch whisky, created as an homage to the OurWhisky Foundation’s mentorship programme.

Only one bottle has been created, which will be sold as part of the Demeter Collection at auction.

Sarah Burgess, whisky maker at The Lakes Distillery and mentor for the OurWhisky Foundation, said: “I’m excited to work with the OurWhisky Foundation for its first Atonia’s Legacy release.

“Leaning on the whiskies selected by mentees I chose some older stocks for a leathery sense of age, which reflects the journey of maturity and growth that happens to people through the mentorship programme, alongside whiskies with a fresh sweetness and subtle smoke.”

The bottling contains whiskies from across Scotland, with flavours of red apples, peaches and toasted marshmallows alongside polished oak, black cherries and dark chocolate, all enveloped in peat smoke.

The Scotch whisky is presented in a crystal decanter and case, made in Scotland by Kirsty Nicholson, design and marketing manager at Glencairn Crystal.

Kirsty Nicholson added: “Atonia means ‘strong as oak’ in Hebrew so we wanted to create a simple, oak tree design in a circular format for the emblem.

“It has five main branches signifying the different attributes of the OurWhisky Foundation’s mentees – wisdom, strength, resilience, endurance and growth.”

Helen Abbott, the cask and services specialist at Aceo in Dandaleith, hand-bottled Atonia’s Legacy. She was responsible for ensuring the whisky was handled and served exclusively by women.

Becky Paskin, founder of the OurWhisky Foundation, added: “We’re delighted to partner with Sarah Burgess and Glencairn Crystal for the OurWhisky Foundation’s first whisky release.

“This is a historic moment for a serious collector to pick up something truly special from the Demeter Collection.”

In other whisky-related news, The Macallan and Bentley launched Horizon Whisky to celebrate the whisky brand’s 200th anniversary. Plus, Port Ellen reopened after more than four decades of closure.

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