Festival bottlings of the popular Speyside single malt will auctioned next month to raise money for those most affected by Covid-19.

The Glenfiddich festival bottlings are usually available to buy during the Spirit of Speyside Festival, but the popular whisky event (which attracts people from all over the world) was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

Glenfiddich will produce 450 bottles of Glenfiddich 2007 (Cask No. 25427) Spirit of Speyside Distillery Edition 2020, hand-selected by Malt Master Brian Kinsman.

The Glenfiddich festival bottlings will be auctioned on Whisky Auctioneer from Wednesday 17 to Monday 22 June, with all proceeds going to local Speyside causes and those most affected by Covid-19.

“The local community has been at the heart of Glenfiddich since 1887 when William Grant opened our distillery in Dufftown”comments Struan Grant Ralph, Glenfiddich global brand ambassador.

“We hope the release of the Spirit of Speyside Distillery Edition 2020 is a fitting tribute to William Grant and his legacy in the Speyside community.”

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer said: “We are honoured to work with Glenfiddich to bring this special charity bottling to auction.

“There has never been a more important time to form partnerships to support those most in need in our communities. We thank the team at Glenfiddich for approaching us with this opportunity.”

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For the first time in its 21 year history, the Spirit of Speyside Festival has been cancelled due to Covid-19, a necessary step taken to protect the community. However, just because we will be apart this year, doesn’t mean we aren’t still honouring the region we call home. To show our support, we are releasing 450 bottles of Glenfiddich 2007 (Cask No. 25427) Spirit of Speyside Distillery Edition 2020. Hand-selected by our Malt Master Brian Kinsman, the bottles are being auctioned online from the 17th – 22nd of June 2020, with all proceeds going to local Speyside causes. Www.whiskyauctioneer.com More details to follow. #SpiritOfSpeyside #Glenfiddich #whisky #auction #charity #special #rare #singlecask #whiskey #select #cask #sherry #vintage #unique #style #speyside #family #singlemalt

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In honour of the festival, Brian handpicked this special liquid which has spent the last 13 years maturing in the darkness of Glenfiddich’s Warehouse 26.

Finished in a sherry cask, Glenfiddich Spirit of Speyside Distillery Edition 2020 has been bottled at the unusually high strength of 65.7% ABV and the team say it “tastes silky smooth and sweet, with a rich citrus and cinnamon-infused apple fruitiness.”

Only 450, 70cl bottles will be produced, each hand-numbered 1-450 and each signed by Brian Kinsman.

100 per cent of the revenue produced from the sale will go directly to help and support local Speyside causes, particularly those most affected by the Covid-19 crisis; Moray Food Plus, Keirans Legacy and NHS Grampian.

Glenfiddich sees this as a fitting tribute to founder William Grant, himself a pillar of the local community over 130 years ago, who always looked out for his craftsmen and community, often through tough times.

Since 1887, Glenfiddich has always strived to create the ‘best dram in the valley’. Today, in 2020, that vision is amended to the ‘dram doing the best for the valley’.

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