Retailer and distiller collaboration supports PoppyScotland

Retailer and distiller collaboration supports PoppyScotland

This is the second Wolfburn bottling in collaboration with Carnegie Whisky Cellars to raise funds for the appeal

News | 03 Mar 2022

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Dornoch whisky retailer, The Carnegie Whisky Cellars (CWC), was joined by Mark Westmorland, brand ambassador of Wolfburn Whisky, to hand over a cheque for £10,000 to Frances Beveridge from PoppyScotland. The money was raised by a joint whisky release between CWC and Wolfburn in aid of the Scottish Poppy Appeal (following that of 2018, which raised £14,107.56 in conjunction with several events).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the events associated with this 2021 release could not take place, but £9,605 was still raised through bottle sales, with £5 from each £79 bottle benefitting the cause.

Michael Hanratty of CWC commented, “Working with the teams at Wolfburn Distillery and PoppyScotland has been a great pleasure – both teams are supportive, fun and friendly. We share a similar ethos about supporting people in our Armed Forces, and we know that the funds raised will be put to good use by PoppyScotland. Mark and Frances have been brilliant supporters of our shop, not just through this bottling but over the many years and we would like to thank them both for their tireless work that has made this project successful.”

Mark Westmorland added, “Wolfburn Whisky of Thurso is proud and privileged to be a continuing part of PoppyScotland’s Fundraising appeal. On the success of our 2018 Poppy bottling, in collaboration with The Carnegie Whisky Cellars of Dornoch, a new 2021 bottling was created, celebrating the 100th year of the poppy being used as a symbol of remembrance. Raising almost £10,000 for the charity, which personally resonates with many of the team at Wolfburn, this vital funding will go to provide a helping hand to those who have served, those still serving and their families. A special thank you to Frances Beveridge of PoppyScotland, who has championed the cause and her commitment, dedication and passion are to be commended. Thank you for your service.”

Finally, Frances Beveridge said, “I am so pleased to be working with Carnegie Whisky Cellars and Wolfburn Whisky to produce our second bottle of commemorative whisky, this time celebrating 100 years of the poppy. It is great to work with such informative and talented people to produce another outstanding bottle of Highland single malt whisky. A huge thank you to them and all who have bought a bottle or two. This was part of the 1921 Poppy Pledge that celebrates 100 years of poppy, and I am so pleased PoppyScotland have received such a sizable donation. Thank you.”

Of the 1,921 bottles produced, a small number are still available through the CWC website. Matured in a combination of second-fill ex-Islay quarter casks and first-fill oloroso sherry hogsheads, the whisky was bottled at 46% ABV. It is described as possessing a bourbon sweetness followed by heather blossom and autumn fruits on the nose; a floral, vanilla and spiced palate; and a gentle, sweet finish.
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