$50.000 for a royal Bowmore Whisky
A bottle of 1980 distilled whisky donated by Queen Elisabeth was sold by auction for charity
An anonymous bidder from America won the bid for a very special bottle of Bowmore Single Malt Whisky at an auction of Minnesota’s Regions Hospital Foundation: He bought no. 513 of 648 bottles from a cask that Queen Elisabeth was presented while visiting Bowmore Distillery in 1980. Bottling of "the Queen's Cask" was in 2002 and since then the Queen has been donating three bottles each year to charity. The organization of these donations lies in the hands of Simon Berry from Berry Bros. & Rudd, Clerk of Royal Cellars.
One more bottle of Bowmore from 1980 will be auctioned
This year the benefits from the auction of two bottles go to Regions Hospital Burn Center, organized through the annual wine auction of Minnesota’s Regions Hospital Foundation. For the first time the royal Bowmore Whisky is offered in the US. The bid of US$50.000 was successful, the foundation agreed at 19 September. The second bottle (no. 512) is also under offer and will be auctioned by Bonham’s in New York on 20 November 2015 – unless there’s an earlier bid that is accepted by the foundation.
Personal contacts lead the royal Bowmore Whisky into the US
Contact to the Minnesota’s Regions Hospital Foundation came about Sarah Bazey, a former university colleague of Simon Berry. In 1994 she stayed at the Regions Hospital Burn Center for 50 days, suffering severe burns caused by helicopter crash. Now she is Co-Head of the foundation.