World-renowned Tasmanian whisky distillery Sullivans Cove have raised over $16,000 for the bushfire appeal by auctioning off one of their award-winning whiskies.
American oak cask HH0351 was named World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards. Aged in a 200 litre American oak ex-bourbon barrel, the 16-year-old yielded just 136 bottles at the house strength of 47.5% and one of the remaining bottles was placed up for auction early January.
Hosted via email through the distillery themselves, the winning bid of $16,759 eclipsed the last time the expression was put up for auction when in 2018 a bottle from the same cask raised $11,667 for charity in London. That was believed to be a record price for a publicly sold Australian whisky.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Sullivans Cove community for rallying behind this auction and enabling us to make a meaningful contribution to those in the most need during this crisis,” the distillery said on social media.
The 2018 recognition was the latest in a long-list of accolades for the distillery, dating back to the 2014 when French Oak Cask HH0525 was named World’s Best Single Malt.
All proceeds from the auction have now been donated to the Australian Red Cross.