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St Columba’s Hospice auctions rare Single Malt Scotch whisky in unique bottle designed by Maeve Gillies
St Columba’s Hospice of Edinburgh, Scotland, is delighted to announce the upcoming auction of ‘AOIBHINN’, an exquisite hand-crafted silver bottle containing rare Single Malt Scotch whisky. The whisky is a single bottling from a single cask, at natural (i.e. cask) strength, distilled at Ardbeg in 1974. The 70cl bottle will be accompanied by a 5cl miniature.
‘AOIBHINN’, pronounced “ee-vin” and meaning joyful in Scottish Gaelic, is the result of a unique collaboration between New York-based award-winning Scottish jewellery designer Maeve Gillies and Ardbeg Distillery on the island of Islay.
This one-of-a-kind bottle has been created specifically for St Columba’’s Hospice ‘Live Life Ball’ auction in October, which hopes to raise funds for an essential rebuild of St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh.
The ‘AOIBHINN’ bottle 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'.
Ardbeg was the choice of Master of the Quaich and well-known whisky writer Charles MacLean - a star of Ken Loach’s Cannes 2012 Jury Prize winning film ‘The Angel’s Share’ - as the perfect malt to fill such a unique Celtic-inspired bottle. The whisky - distilled in 1974, bottled from a single cask in 2012 - was selected by Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation at The Glenmorangie Company.
Charles Maclean commented, “Maeve’s designs are just exquisite. This will be a bottle of the utmost beauty and craftsmanship, and when filled with a very rare 1974 Ardbeg makes this truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for single malt whisky aficionados and collectors. Magnificent!”
Designer Maeve Gillies explains; “I was honoured to be asked to design this very important bottle. St Columba is one of Scotland’s most important saints, which truly befits a unique Celtic-inspired creation. The outstanding craftsmanship and materials, unique story and content of this bottle will ensure it becomes a highly-prized possession of one lucky bidder!”
Lesley Christie, Fundraising Director, St Columba’s Hospice, said: “This beautifully designed bottle, filled with rare single malt whisky, will be auctioned to raise funds for an essential rebuild of St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh. This is without doubt one of the most exciting fundraising opportunities we have ever had. The combination of support from Maeve Gillies, a world class and award winning designer, Master of the Quaich Charles MacLean, and Ardbeg, one of Islay’s best loved single malts, is absolutely unique and we are very grateful for their support”.
Und hier noch Original Tasting Notes von Ardbeg:
Colour: Deep amber.
Aroma: The bouquet is very gentle, very aromatic and very seductive. You will be reminded of
hints of carbolic soap, Garibaldi biscuits, smoked fish and nut toffee. As you swirl the
glass you will next encounter some aromatic bonfire smoke followed by a classic
Ardbeg note, reminiscent of freshly squeezed limes.
Taste: The mouth‐feel is mellow but rich and intense at the same time as it gently coats the palate.
The first flavour is of soft creamy smoked fudge, pecan nuts and liquorice or anise. There is
then something tart and citrusy like a hint of lemon zest on the palate and this finally leads
into a long oily aftertaste with the tiniest hint of oily fish.