Whisky industry support for Japan

Seven distilleries are collaborating to produce a bespoke blended whisky, donating the proceeds to the disaster relief in Japan. The distilleries Arran, BenRiach, Bladnoch, GlenDronach, Mitchell’s Glengyle, Kilchoman and Springbank will each supply a cask of single malt, to be blended together to create ‘The Spirit of Unity’ whisky. It sounds like a great idea and, as discussed here, there is a strong connection between Japan and the Scottish distilleries.

The idea came from Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, who explained: “Many in our industry, like me, travel regularly to Japan and have made friends and contacts with Japanese whisky enthusiasts. On seeing the scale and horror of the problems they are facing we were moved to help and other craft distillers immediately came onboard.”

They plan to produce around 2,000 bottles, most of which will be sold in the UK. The remainder will be shipped to Japan with some being donated for sale in New Zealand to assist with relief in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. This should raise at least £50,000 for the relief effort.

Click here for the more detailed Whisky Magazine article.

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