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SLTA News And Updates 21st December

SLTA News and Updates 21st December

Whisky auction only days away with all proceeds going to Scottish drinks industry charity, The BEN.

The charity supports people of all ages who have worked in the licensed trade with beneficiaries receiving annual financial assistance as well as discretionary one-off grants for emergency situations. The BEN has been inundated with applications for support due to the devastating impact Covid-19 has had upon the industry. The charity must generate funds annually, mainly from events and donations. Clearly at this time it is not possible to hold events and therefore it is critical that funds are generated using other methods to support the people of Scotland.

In this auction you will see outstanding bottles and events, to name a few, you’ll find a Glendronach PX single cask, a rare 22 YO Hazelburn (1 of 1), a bottle (signed by Alex Bruce) of the first ever Single Cask from Ardnamurchan distillery a ‘first ever’ Imperial Gallon of Imperial (1 of 1 from a demolished distillery), 25 bottles of 14YO Ardbeg from Whisky Cellar and virtual events such as a Glenfarclas online tasting where you get to try five decades of their Family casks with six of your friends. The lots are donated by whisky companies, large and small, to support the BEN. All of the money raised will go directly to people in the licensed trade at this time.

The BEN have collected a range of rare and exclusive whiskies that will be auctioned off to raise much needed funds for the people of the drinks industry in Scotland who have fallen on hard times due to Covid-19.

On the back of the extraordinary success of the first and second Ambassadors’ Collection auction in previous years, The BEN have organised their own charity auction which will be hosted
by between the 23rd of December and the 11th of January.

The Whisky Ambassadors’ stated:

The Scottish hospitality industry is what makes Scotland a great place to visit. Our pubs and hotels are legendary, we hear it first hand every time we attend whisky shows across the world. The whisky industry has always worked closely with hotels and pubs across Scotland. When Covid hit we could not begin to understand the stress it would put on our friends and colleagues within the hospitality sector. This year, more than ever before, we had to help. That is why Whisky Ambassadors from across the UK collaborated, at short notice, to generously donate one-of- one editions, single cask bottlings, virtual tasting experiences and bottles signed by industry celebrities to raise awareness and funds for The BEN in Scotland. We wish for a highly successful auction that will raise lots of funds for a great charity.”

Over the past 2 years The Ambassadors’ Collection auction has raised thousands which was donated to The BEN to support those in the trade in Scotland.

John Hutchison, President at The Ben, said:

The BEN works tirelessly to help disadvantaged colleagues from the Hospitality sector, 2020 has been one of the hardest years for our sector and as a consequence we have helped a record number of beneficiaries, at the financial impact on us as a charity is significant, and all monies raised from this auction will go straight to helping individuals in Scotland”

Chris Gardner, Chief Executive at The Ben also added:

We are touched by the continuing support and generosity of the trade in these extremely trying times. There are some superb bottles up for grabs and we thank everyone who has contributed once again”

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said:

Never has there been a more important time to form partnerships and support those in need in the hospitality industry. We’re proud to host the auction of these charity lots, which include an impressive collection of liquid and some incredible once-in-a- lifetime whisky experiences. I have no doubt they will attract widespread interest from whisky lovers and collectors across the globe.”

How to get involved

Online bidding will begin on Wednesday 23 December and finish from 7pm (GMT) on Monday 11 January. To register to bid, visit

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