Unique Ardbeg whisky to be auctioned for Edinburgh hospice

Islay

St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh is to auction of a unique bottle of whisky to raise funds for an essential rebuild. The unique Ardbeg expression comes in a one-off bottle created by Scottish-born jewellery designer Maeve Gillies and will be auctioned at the Hospice’s ‘Live Life Ball’ in October.

The whisky, called ‘AOIBHINN’ which means joyful in Scots Gaelic, comes in an exquisite hand-crafted silver bottle and contains single malt from Ardbeg selected by whisky writer Charles MacLean, star of Ken Loach’s recent film ‘The Angel’s Share’.

The whisky is a vatting from a rare 1974 malt from the Islay distillery and was personally created by Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation at The Glenmorangie Company, Dr Bill Lumsden.

The bottle itself is created from hand-blown glass with genuine sterling silver that has been raised, chased, pierced and engraved by expert craftsmen using ancient silversmithing techniques. The edging is traditional silver gilt and stone-set with hand-carved, polished beach pebbles collected from St Columba’s Bay on the island of Iona. The single green teardrop-shaped stone on the front of the bottle, suspended by the blue enamel doves of the Hospice, will be cut from a rare green Iona ‘marble’.

The auction will take place at the St Columba’s Hospice ‘Live Life Ball’ at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 6 October 2012. Sealed bids will be accepted in advance and anyone wishing to bid for this lot should contact Lesley Christie, the Fundraising Director at St Columba’s Hospice on +44 (0)131 551 1381.

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