Monday, March 13, 2017


Diageo has announced that the first bottle of its Lagavulin 1991 single cask, which was bottled to bring its bicentennial celebrations to a close on December 31st 2016, has been sold at auction for £7,300.

The first bottling of this limited edition release, went under the hammer online at Whisky.Auction and achieved almost five times the starting price of £1,494. Diageo donated its full proceeds from the auction of this single bottle and Whisky.Auction buyer’s commission, raising a total of £8,395 for Islay Heritage.

Lagavulin charity bottling raises over £8,000 at auction

In a bespoke, leather bound notebook made to accompany the bottle, Lagavulin distillery manager Georgie Crawford wrote: “Our distillery character shines in this whisky and, as distillery manager and an Ileach, I am proud and grateful that the auction of this bottle is helping Islay Heritage to tell the story of this remarkable island we call home.”

Commenting on the auction, Isabel Graham-Yooll, Auction & Private Client Director for Whisky.Auction, said: “Lagavulin 1991 was one of the star lots in our February auction. The combination of this acclaimed single cask Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, highly collectible bottle number one, one-off tasting sample and notebook with the handwritten tasting notes of whisky luminaries drew much interest and a wonderful result for Islay Heritage.”

The auction follows the sell-out of this limited edition run of 522 bottles, which were released through a ballot run by The Whisky Exchange, sister company to Whisky.Auction, which attracted over 7,000 entries from 74 countries. Diageo is donating its proceeds from these sales of Lagavulin 1991 (over £0.5m) to seven causes on Islay to promote the island and its communities.

Posted by Steve Rush