‘Dream dram’ fetches £1400

The first two bottles of a unique whisky came under the hammer at NFU Scotland’s annual dinner in St Andrews this week, fetching £1400 and £1200.

Both bottles of the unique Banffshire Centenary Blended Malt head back to the north-east. Bottle number one, sold by United Auctions auctioneer Donald Young, was bought and shared by a group of nine members from the north-east and bottle number two, sold by John Angus of ANM Group, went to John Gordon, Wellhead, Huntly.

Bottle number three of the blend has been entered into a specialist whisky auction being staged by Bonhams in Edinburgh on Wednesday, February 26.

Members of the Banffshire branch of NFU Scotland toured their county in October 2013, collecting malt whisky donated by all of the 28 working distilleries within Banffshire to create the “dream dram” for whisky aficionados – a feat unlikely to be repeated.

Members of the branch struck on the idea of crafting this one-off blend to celebrate NFU Scotland’s centenary and to recognise the close links between the two main industries in their county: whisky and farming.

The distilleries who donated whisky to the Banffshire Centenary Blended Malt include many of the most famous malts in the world, helping to produce one of the most unique and valuable drams ever created.

With only 40 bottles available, funds from the sale of the blend will go to support the work of NFU Scotland’s Centenary Trust.