Lagavulin Whisky Distillery is doing something very special in celebration of its 200th anniversary – investing £580,000 (about $705,283) in local community projects around its home island of Islay. As BBC reported, the renowned distillery is launching a single-cask edition of 522 bottles of its single-malt whisky, up for auction to raise funds for a variety of projects.
The sale of these £1,494 bottles (about $1,820) is set to raise £310,000 ($376,961) to build “a story of the island’s past based on its archaeological sites.”
In addition, the Finlaggen Trust, charged with maintaining the historic home of the Lord of the Isles, will receive £60,000 ($72,960). Additional funds will go to Islay’s local swimming pool, cyber cafe, arts and festival organziations, and a new partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Nick Morgan, of the distillery’s parent company Diageo, said, “We have had a fantastic year celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lagavulin, both on Islay and with the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who adore the whisky.”
“Islay and its remarkable local community are at the heart of Lagavulin. That’s why we were determined there should be a legacy from the anniversary which would directly benefit the island and its people.”
“We believe that our contribution to Islay Heritage is not only of great significance to the island itself but is an important contribution to conserving and promoting the history and heritage of Scotland.”
The first bottle of the limited run will be auctioned off to raise more charitable funds, and one bottle will be donated to the Diageo Archive and the Whisky Exchange.
Interested in a bottle the Lagavulin 1991 Single Malt of your own? They’ll only be available for purchase through an online ballot on The Whisky Exchange.
In the meantime, why not revisit New Years Eve with Nick Offerman and Lagavulin?