The Story behind the Whisky
The Glencairn Ruby Tribute Blended Scotch Whisky was originally presented to Raymond Davidson at Fettercairn Distillery in December 2004, to celebrate the production of Glencairn’s one millionth Glencairn Glass by the judges and friends of The International Spirits Challenge. In a surprise gathering organised by Whyte and Mackay’s Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson, a special assemblage of malt grain aged whiskies – all at least 18 years old – were blended together and filled into a miniature oak cask and gifted to Raymond.
Capturing an exclusive and private moment in whisky history, a number of legendary, highly-respected master distillers, blenders and industry figures attended the gathering and contributed their aged whiskies for this commemorative blend.
The Story behind the Whisky continued...
Over the past 17 years, the cask has been carefully stored at Glencairn’s headquarters until recently, when the contents have been bottled into one of the most exquisite bespoke decanters the company has ever created.
This precious, rare decanter of malt whisky will be auctioned, accompanied by a handwritten scroll by Richard Paterson explaining the story behind the celebratory blend, tasting notes and the actual photograph capturing this incredibly special moment.
Jim Beveridge (Diageo), Shin Natsuyama (Morrison Bowmore), Colin Scott (Chivas Bros), David Stewart (William Grant), Billy Leighton (Irish Distillers), Ian Grieve (Diageo), Raymond Davidson (Glencairn Crystal), Colin Bailey – Wood (Drinks International Magazine), Robert Hicks (Allied Distillers), Jim Cryle (Glenlivet Distillery), Seiichi Koshimizu (Suntory), John Ramsay (Highland Distillers), Richard Paterson (Whyte & Mackay) and David Doig (Fettercairn Distillery).
The one-of-a-kind crystal decanter which houses the commemorative blend has been hand-crafted by the highly skilled team of craftspeople at Glencairn Crystal. The whisky was presented to celebrate the sale of the millionth Glencairn Glass and to bring this to life, a sparkling red miniature Glencairn Glass embedded with over 70 rubies (the 40th year anniversary gemstone to mark 40 years of Glencairn Crystal) set in Britannia Silver – the purest quality of silver available – adorns the front of the decanter.
The decanter stopper is a three-dimensional representation of the Glencairn Crystal logo featuring a knight on a horse, also crafted in Britannia Silver. The base of the decanter incorporates the signatures of all the master distillers who contributed their aged whiskies for this exceptional blend.
The Glencairn Ruby Tribute Blended Scotch Whisky will be auctioned as part of The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ One-of-One Charity Auction, in partnership with Sotheby’s. The decanter will be presented in a beautiful rectangular rosewood box, alongside the handwritten scroll and tasting notes by Richard Paterson, as well as the photograph of the presentation by the master distillers.
The auction takes place on 3rd December at Barnbougle Castle on the Dalmeny Estate, near Edinburgh. 100% of the auction hammer price will go to The Distillers’ Charity Youth Action Fund, helping to improving life chances of Scotland’s young people.