Rare 'Queen's Cask' Bowmore Scotch whisky to sell for charity



2016-06-22 11:13:53

A rare bottle of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky, taken directly from the Queen's cask, is to auction this month for the MS Society charity.

The rare whisky is one of just six bottles of the whisky to have been released by the Queen. It is expected to raise a substantial sum for the society after the auction success of the other five bottles.

The cask was given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1980 when she visited the Islay distillery, and was bottled in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee. Some 629 bottles of the exclusive drink were distributed to various royal palaces in specially designed, individually numbered commemorative boxes — but Her Majesty has only ever allowed six to be released, which have been sold to raise money for various charities.

One of the six sold for more than £60,000 ($88,000).

Chief executive of the MS Society, Michelle Mitchell, described the auction as an "amazing opportunity'' for the charity, explaining: “More than 100,000 people are living with MS in the UK and it’s an unpredictable and debilitating condition. We’ve already made important breakthroughs and we’re now at the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise. The money raised from this auction could make a huge difference.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have been given this bottle of whisky from the Queen’s Cask.”

The whisky comes with a reserve price of £10,000 and will be available for bidding in a silent auction until midday on June 30. Email fiona.foulkes@mssociety.org.uk to take part.

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