A single malt whisky distilled in 1940 is being auctioned to raise funds for victims of the recent natural disaster in Japan.
Scottish whisky bottler Gordon & MacPhail has donated a Generations Glenlivet to Bonhams in London that is sure to be of interest to whisky investors.
The company has released just 100 full-size bottles of the 71-year-old whisky, said to be one of the world's oldest and potentially most expensive single malts. It is expected to make around £13,000 at tonight's auction.
Joint managing director Michael Urquhart, who was due to fly out to Japan when the earthquake and tsunami struck, commented: "Gordon & MacPhail has had trading relationships with Japan for over 30 years and members of our family-owned business felt it was important to show our support and raise funds to aid the relief.
"I think we all feel helpless in the face of a tragedy like this so it is good to be able to do something practical."
It is hoped the auction will match the success of last year's sales of a 70-year-old Mortlach. All decanters of the £10,000 whisky sold within two weeks.
Funds from the sale will be donated to the British Red Cross Japan Appeal. Bonhams is offering its services free of charge.
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