The AD/06:17 Highland single malt, distilled and bottled by Ardnamurchan Distillery in Glenbeg, was matured in a single ex-oloroso cask and bottled at 59.2% ABV.
The cask was selected by Weir, a Scottish rugby legend who capped 61 times for the country's international team, on a trip to the distillery with friends and fellow rugby players, including former Scotland captain and MND fundraiser Rob Wainwright, Ireland's Keith Wood, and Scotland scrum half Gary Armstrong. The trip took place shortly before Weir's death on 26 November 2022, after living with MND for almost six years.
A total of 327 bottles have been labelled to support the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Four bottles (numbers 1, 2, 5, and 55) will be kept aside for future actions to raise funds for the foundation.
The release is on sale from 19 April and will be sold via specialist whisky retailer Royal Mile Whiskies, with all profits donated to the charity. Tasting notes submitted by the distillery say the whisky has notes of toffee, chocolate-coated raisins, hazelnut praline, and sea salt.
Wainwright said: "Doddie loved a dram, and it was very poignant to get the group back together for the trip to Coll and Ardnamurchan to select the final whisky with him. We didn’t know it then, but that was one of the last times many of us would spend with him.
"Doddie’s legacy runs throughout the foundation and the continued mission to find a cure for MND, and it’s fair to say there’s a drop of it in every bottle of this special whisky."
Alex Bruce, managing director at Ardnamurchan Distillery, said: "We were incredibly honoured to welcome Doddie to our wee distillery at the beginning of October last year. His enthusiasm for life was unmatched, and I hope that everyone who manages to grab a bottle from this cask raises a dram in his honour.
"We look forward to donations from the sale of these limited-edition bottles of whisky raising more funds to support the continued efforts to find a cure for motor neuron disease."
Paul Thompson, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation director of fundraising, said: "It’s particularly special to see the cask Doddie hand-selected just before he died, now packaged in these beautiful bottles featuring the My Name’5 Doddie tartan. We’re confident the AD/06:17 will be highly sought after and raise a significant amount for our fundraising efforts, and will support our search for a cure to motor neurone disease."
The Scotch whisky industry has been a firm supporter of My Name'5 Doddie Foundation, hosting an auction of rare and unique whiskies in honour of the foundation's third anniversary among other fundraising efforts.