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OurWhisky plans first auction dedicated to women in whisky

Whisky Auctioneer and the OurWhisky Foundation have partnered to host the first auction dedicated to women in whisky.

The Demeter Collection will be the first auction dedicated to women in whisky

The auction will feature 18 lots in total. Highlights will include a 31-year-old blend from House of Hazelwood, The Loch Lomond Sonata Collection, and a 44-year-old commemorative bottling of Dalmore, designed to celebrate whisky maker Margaret Nicol’s 50th anniversary.

Additional bottles will include a 20-year-old Ardbeg, created by master blender Gillian Macdonald to celebrate 20 years in the industry, plus a first-cask release from Cooper King distillery.

The auction will run from 29 March to 8 April online at Funds raised from the auction, including Whisky Auctioneer’s buyer’s fees, will be donated to the OurWhisky Foundation.

“Historically, our industry has lacked diversity, and that’s something we’re determined to change,” commented Joe Wilson, head curator and spirits specialist at Whisky Auctioneer. “To that end, we have been delighted to witness the incredible achievements of the OurWhisky Foundation and are thrilled to host this auction and shine a spotlight on the stories of women within our industry.

“The Demeter Collection is an exciting group of one-of-a-kind and collectable bottlings from very diverse distilleries. Our hope is that this auction will not only catch the attention of enthusiasts and collectors worldwide to raise important funds for the OurWhisky Foundation, but also inspire current and future generations of women in whisky.”

The auction series has been titled ‘The Demeter Collection’, named after the Greek goddess of grain.

Becky Paskin, founder of the OurWhisky Foundation, said: “Despite her important role within Greek mythology, Demeter remains one of the lesser-known of the Olympians, her story largely untold in popular culture. Yet her heroic tale of overcoming obstacles to support her daughter, all while sharing her knowledge and wisdom with others, embodies many similar values to the OurWhisky Foundation.

“Just like Demeter’s side-lining in pop culture, women’s contributions to whisky have been vastly under-recognised. Through the Demeter Collection, we want to honour the grain goddess and tell the untold stories of women in whisky, while raising much-needed funds to enable the OurWhisky Foundation to support, recognise and empower future generations of women in the industry.”

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