Down the hatch: special rare Oban whisky goes to auction for Oban Lifeboat

A rare single malt whisky is to go under the auctioneer’s hammer to raise funds for one of Scotland’s busiest lifeboats.

When Oban Distillery celebrated its bi-centenary in the 1990s it gifted a hogshead – 250 litres – of whisky to the local RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) station.

The golden liquor was left to mature in a darkened warehouse for eighteen years, earmarked for a fundraising venture to mark the lifeboat station’s 40th anniversary last year.

Oban Lifeboat treasurer Les Stewart and a team of dedicated volunteers, including the lifeboat’s former Honorary Secretary Norman MacLeod, have been busy organising the final bottling and packaging.

And now the first two of 297 bottles of Oban Lifeboat whisky will be sold at Mulberry Bank Auction House in Glasgow next Tuesday (19th March). Bottled at a strength of 49.7% alcohol by volume, the whisky is unique and is destined to become a collector’s item.

The auction house, which accepts bids online has put an estimated sale price on it of £140-£180 a bottle. Oban Lifeboat hopes to make a profit of over £30,000 from the sales of the whisky to help with the station’s crucial lifesaving work.

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