Phil and Simon Thompson of Dornoch Distillery have partnered with Whisky Auctioneer to offer their support to India’s urgent Covid-19 relief efforts, as the country records 20 million coronavirus cases and saw a single-day death toll of 3,780 on Wednesday 5 May.
The brothers have donated 11 unique and highly limited bottles as bonus entries to Whisky Auctioneer’s April Auction with all proceeds going directly to two Covid-19 relief programs in India.
Never before available, and only the second whisky ever released from the distillery, the 2017 Dornoch single malt bottles offered at auction are 10 of only 12 produced to raise funds for India’s Covid-19 relief efforts. This makes the current April Auction the first and best chance for whisky lovers to make sure they get their hands on the excruciatingly limited second single malt whisky release from Dornoch Distillery.
Recognising the urgency in support required, conversations at the tail end of last week resulted in 12 bottles of 2017-distilled spirit drawn from cask 26A at a natural cask-strength of 58.43%. This spirit was originally matured for 12 months in a first-fill PX Butt, before transferring into a refill octave. The bottles were filled by hand at Dornoch Distillery on the 4th of May and labelled in the nick of time to make it to Whisky Auctioneer for the closing weekend of the auction.
Katie Guthrie, the artist that Dornoch Distillery regularly work with, quickly turned around some amazing artwork and the team at NSD international donated and expedited the labels for the cause.
In addition to the exclusive Dornoch single malt release, Bottle #1 of a 1997 Braeval has also been donated to raise funds for the charities under their independent bottling arm, Thompson Brothers. One of only 208 bottles, this is a 24 year old bottling of 1997 Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet) bottled as the third anniversary bottling for the London Whisky Club. Upon its release to club members, the Thompson Brothers and London Whisky Club both decided to make a £10 donation per bottle sold to aid charities focussed on providing aid in India. Bottle #1 has now also been generously donated to Whisky Auctioneer's April auction with the entirety of its sale to be donated to the cause.
100% of the hammer price from all 11 bottles in the auction - plus Whisky Auctioneer’s 10% buyer’s commission - will be donated to both the India Covid Relief program by Khalsa Aid and the O2 For You initiative by Hemkunt Foundation.
“As the UK is making hopeful progress in emerging from the worst of its own Covid-19 crisis, it has been more than devastating to see the news from India. We, like many others, have been deeply affected by the dire predicament and found ourselves thinking of ways to help from afar to lessen the tragedy of their situation.
Without the good folk at the London Whisky Club, Katie Guthrie and NSD International - who in extremely short notice worked with us to make this happen – this would not have been possible. We hope that with the generous support of the global whisky community, the funds raised from the auction can make a small but meaningful difference to help the most vulnerable communities.”
Phil and Simon Thompson
INDIA COVID RELIEF - KHALSA AID
Khalsa Aid are currently supporting medical networks across India, comprising of established medical organisations, facilities and NGO’s who are working on the ground to assist COVID-19 patients. Your generous donations will go towards their vital medical programmes to support vulnerable communities and people across India.
O2 FOR YOU - HEMKUNT FOUNDATION
The Hemkunt Foundation are seeking funds for O2 Cylinders to help COVID-19 patients across India. The cylinders will be distributed to those in need by conducting drives and tying up with hospitals. People in need can also reach out to our social media handles or our helpline number and have the cylinders delivered to them by us.