A whisky distillery is offering three rare casks for a charity auction

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EDINBURGH’S first single malt distillery in almost a century has partnered with an auctioneer to auction three “extra special” whisky casks for a charity auction. 

The casks will be auctioned by renowned spirits bidding platform Whisky Auctioneer with the auction running from Friday 28th May until Monday 7th June giving whisky lovers a unique opportunity to own a piece of Edinburgh whisky history.

All proceeds from the sale of the casks from Holyrood Distillery will be split between Edinburgh charities. 

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Photo by Holyrood Distillery. The whisky was distilled using single-origin barley from a Lothian-based farm and a touch of crystal and chocolate malt, the casks offer full traceability from field to barrel.

Starting in 2015 as a fresh new way to combat isolation and loneliness among over the 60s, Vintage Vibes, one of the charities, is an award-winning project tackling isolation and loneliness in Edinburgh. 

Another one of the charities is Edinburgh Food Project which provides emergency food supplies and support to people in crisis by operating foodbank centres.

The whisky casks are totally unique from Holyrood Distillery’s current ‘Made by Edinburgh’ cask programme, offering an excellent opportunity for whisky enthusiasts to get their hands on three rare casks. 

As the public ‘Made by Edinburgh’ cask offering comes exclusively in a selection of sherry casks, the ex-bourbon maturation makes the charity auction casks a truly unique collectable.

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Photo by Holyrood Distillery. During lockdown, Holyrood announced it’s ‘Made by Edinburgh’ cask programme which is an opportunity for members of the public to purchase a cask.

With all auction proceeds flowing directly into three important local causes, the auction offers an exciting opportunity for whisky fans to get hold of these casks, as well as the spirit of giving.

Commenting on the charity cask auction, David Robertson, Co-Founder of Holyrood Distillery said: “As Edinburgh’s first single malt distillery in nearly a century, we wanted to shine a spotlight on Edinburgh’s amazing whisky heritage. 

“We’ve created a spirit that echoes what would have been done 100 years ago; using locally sourced barley and beer yeast from an Edinburgh brewery, filled into three extra special ex-bourbon casks. 

“It was essential for us that we supported local Edinburgh charities, our whisky is made by local people and inspired by the city we’re in, so it was paramount to ensure that communities close to the heart of our distillery are supported during this time.”

Adding his thoughts, Joe Wilson, Head of Auction Content at Whisky Auctioneer said: “It’s a privilege to partner with Holyrood Distillery to bring these casks to auction in order to support some incredible charitable organisations.

“The sale presents the very unique opportunity for our global customer base to acquire a piece of liquid history from this trailblazing Edinburgh distillery, whilst giving back to the local community.

“Holyrood is a vibrant new distillery that will produce Edinburgh’s first malt whisky for nearly 100 years, so we are sure that this auction will inspire a huge amount of interest around the globe.”