Caol Ila 29 Year Old Cadenhead's for The Ben - Charity Lot
Caol Ila distillery was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson, who was bought out from the venture a little over 10 year later by Bulloch Lade. The blending firm merged with DCL (now Diageo) in 1927, who still run the distillery today. In 1972 the original site was demolished and replaced by a new one. When distilling resumed in 1974, Caol Ila was the largest producer of single malt on the Isle of Islay. Despite this, due to its importance in popular blends such as Johnnie Walker, its single malt brand disappeared under United Distillers, and it was not until 2002 that it would return, when the 12 year old was revived by Diageo. The Flora & Fauna release was well-regarded in the meantime, but it was independent releases like this that gave the best opportunity to sample this much-loved single malt.
This whisky has been aged for 29 years and has been bottled by Wm Cadenhead.
Wm. Cadenhead is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, founded in 1842 by George Duncan. His brother William Cadenhead joined the company in 1952, taking over after George’s death in 1958. The company got into the whisky bottling business after 1904, when his nephew Robert Duthie took over, and since its sale to J&A Mitchell in 1972, Wm. Cadenhead has become on of the most sought after names in whisky. Its Authentic Collection is the flagship brand, but the portfolio of the company has expanded in recent years with labels like this.
This lot has been bottled and generously donated Wm. Cadenhead in support of The BEN.
Whisky Auctioneer is delighted to have partnered with Scottish drinks industry charity, The BEN. They have created a collection of rare and exclusive whiskies, donated by their respective companies in order to raise funds for those in the drinks industry who have fallen on hard times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 BEN 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.
The BEN charity bottles are available exclusively through our December 2020 auction, which runs from December 23rd 2020 until January 11th 2021.
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Please note: Due to the various ages of bottles and their seals, condition of liquid is at the buyer's discretion and no claim can be lodged against failure/leakage in transit.