A rare single malt whisky is to go under the auctioneer’s hammer to raise funds for one of Scotland’s busiest lifeboats.
When Oban Distillery celebrated its bi-centenary in the 1990s it gifted a hogshead – 250 litres – of whisky to the local RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) station.
The golden liquor was left to mature in a darkened warehouse for eighteen years, earmarked for a fundraising venture to mark the lifeboat station’s 40th anniversary last year.
Oban Lifeboat treasurer Les Stewart and a team of dedicated volunteers, including the lifeboat’s former Honorary Secretary Norman MacLeod, have been busy organising the final bottling and packaging.
And now the first two of 297 bottles of Oban Lifeboat whisky will be sold at Mulberry Bank Auction House in Glasgow next Tuesday (19th March).
Bottled at a strength of 49.7% alcohol by volume, the whisky is unique and is destined to become a collector’s
The auction house, which accepts bids online [see link to site in text above] has put an estimated sale price on it of £140-£180 a bottle.
Oban Lifeboat hopes to make a profit of over £30,000 from the sales of the whisky to help with the station’s crucial lifesaving work.
Mr MacLeod, 80, who was originally given the whisky by the distillery in the 1990s, says: ‘It was a very generous gesture.’
Mr Stewart says: ‘We would like to thank Oban Distillery and everyone who has helped us to turn this fundraising venture into a reality.’
- Douglas Laing and Company Ltd of Glasgow did the bottling.
- The Box Shop in East Kilbride provided delivery boxes.
- Polytecnica from Wakefield provided the cartons and the labels.
Ronnie Whiteford, Operations Manager at Oban Distillery, says: ‘It should become a collector’s item as it
‘I can assure you, from the samples that were drawn from it, that it is absolutely spectacular, it is an absolutely
This is a moment where ‘Down the hatch’ will mean something quite different to the winning bidder and to the recipient of the proceeds of the auction.
Top photograph, by Moira Kerr, shows – with Oban’s ‘lifesaving whisky’ – are Oban Coxswain, John Hill (centre) with Lifeboat Treasurer, Les Stewart ( right) and former Honorary Secretary, Norman MacLeod (left).
Above photograph, also by Moira Kerr, shows the Oban Lifeboat delegation, pictured with the hogshead of whisky in the warehouse at Oban Distillery – from left to right – Les Stewart, John Hill, Norman MacLeod, Peter MacKinnon and Billy Forteith.