Limited edition Scotch whisky to help disaster victims of Japan

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Seven independent Scottish distilleries have collaborated to create a limited edition whisky in an effort to raise funds for the disaster victims of Japan and it is almost sold out.

The majority of the expected 2000 bottles produced have been pre-sold ahead of the planned bottling in mid-May. It is hoped this appeal with raise £80 000.

The combined casks will produce about 2000 bottles with 1200 available in the UK at a cost of £59 each. The remainder of the bottles will be shipped to Japan, with some donated for sale in New Zealand to assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake.

Each distillery has donated a cask of single malt to create the ‘Spirit of Unity’. Those distilleries who are behind the collaboration are Arran, BenRiach, Bladnoch, GlenDronach, Mitchell’s Glengyle, Kilchoman and Springbank.

The distilleries have never collaborated in this way before and are unlikely to again. Independent whisky expert David Broom said: “Nothing like this has been produced before and whisky lovers around the world will be clamouring to own and taste this one-off bottling.”

Isle of Arran managing director, Euan Mitchell, had the idea for the fundraising appeal. He said: “Not a penny of profit will be taken from this project by any of the parties involved, with the packaging being donated free of charge.”