The Scottish award-winning glassware company, Glencairn Crystal, is proud to support the second edition of the world’s most distinguished ultra-rare whisky auction—The Distillers One of One—as a sponsor. The family-run business also created bottles and decanters for 11 of the 39 lots of extraordinary, never-to-be-repeated whiskies from distilleries around Scotland.
The auction will take place at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh on Oct. 5 in partnership with Sotheby’s.
Internationally recognised by the industry as one of the finest crystal decanter and glassware manufacturers, Glencairn Crystal has over four decades of pioneering expertise in the industry, and its skilled team has hand-crafted nearly a third of all the beautiful vessels containing the whiskies up for auction; ranging from special bottlings to stunning one-of-a-kind bespoke decanters.
Handblown, exquisitely hand-engraved and decorated, many of these decanters hold incredibly unique whiskies from the oldest and rarest casks, spanning decades of whisky history, some over 50 years old. Several of the very special auction lots housed in Glencairn decanters are expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds, and in one case well over £100,000.
The Distillers’ Charity, the philanthropic arm of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, along with Sotheby’s, organized the inaugural Distillers One of One auction in 2021 and its record-breaking hammer prices across over 40 different lots raised over £3 million. Over £2.4 million was donated to the Distillers’ Charity, principally to the Youth Action Fund, which aims to help disadvantaged young people in Scotland.
This year’s Distillers One of One auction will again raise money for The Youth Action Fund to transform the life chances of Scottish young people aged between 16 and 25. The Fund’s portfolio of six charity partners each bring their expertise and experience in achieving sustainable employability outcomes with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. These charities include; Aberdeen Foyer, Action for Children, ENABLE Works, FARE Scotland, Street League and Alcohol Education Trust.
Paul Davidson, Managing Director at Glencairn Crystal said, “Glencairn Crystal is proud to support the One of One auction and is delighted to have been asked to create so many of the unique bottles and decanters for the rare whiskies up for auction. We, at Glencairn, are keen to support the aims of the auction in as many ways as we can and wish them well raising money.”