Co-founder of Glasgow's Whisky Festival Mark Connelly is auctioning off the exceptionally rare bottle of whisky to raise money for the ME Association.

The whisky, which is unique in that it is bottle 1 of 1 of a limited edition Christmas 2016 version of Douglas Laing & Co’s Big Peat signed by Fred Laing.

The silver bottled ‘All Islay’ blended malt is natural cask strength and comes in at 54.6% abv.

The current winning bid at the time of writing is £460, but Mark hopes the special auction could raise as much money as possible for a great cause.

Mark says: “I recently won this ‘one of one’ bottle of whisky on the excellent Greatdrams blog and decided to put it up for auction to raise money for the wonderful ME Association.

“The whisky is a special Christmas edition of Douglas Laing & Co.’s Big Peat and this unique bottle has been given a silver coating for some extra festive bling. There is only one of this particular silver bottle in the world!

“M.E. is a debilitating condition which can leave sufferers in constant pain and feeling exhausted and unable to work or even get out of bed some days. The ME Association provides a 365-days-a-year helpline for sufferers to contact so they can get advice and hear a friendly voice who understands what they are going through.

“Please spread the word so we can raise as much money as possible for this charity who do such important work for people with this terrible condition.

Thank you!”

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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