Talisker Scotch Cask Expected to Fetch Nearly $700K
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This Cask of Scotch is Expected to Fetch Nearly $700K at Auction


A cask of Talisker 1978, selected by Diageo as a Cask of Distinction and hand-painted by artist Callum Innes, is expected to fetch a hefty sum at auction. (Photo: Diageo)

Spirits giant Diageo donated a cask of Talisker 1978 to The Distillers’ Charity’s One of One auction, which is managed by Sotheby’s and is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Barnbougle Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. The 43-year-old scotch is projected to sell for between £350,00 to £500,000 (about $474,000 to $678,000).

Talisker selected the 1978 as a Cask of Distinction. The cask was painted black and gold by Turner Prize nominee Callum Innes.

“Looking at the shimmering Quinacridone Gold in this work it is impossible not to be reminded of the earthy appearance of a Highland heather moorland, the limpid light of a sunset on the Isle of Skye over the Cuillin Hills or the rich caramel of a fine scotch whisky,” Innes said in the release. “Painting on a 60-year-old piece of wood, that has been steeped in liquid for most of its life, was a remarkable challenge. Not only was it my first time experimenting with circular painting and also working directly on wood.”

In addition to helping charity and receiving the scotch, the winning bidder will become the sole owner of the cask artwork, which will come with a certificate of authenticity. The winning bidder also will have the option to further age the whisky in cask for up to five more years.

“We are delighted to support the Distillers One of One auction with a rare cask of Talisker Scotch whisky,” Javier Ferrán, Diageo chairman, said in a news release Monday. “We look forward to seeing our contribution to the auction generate significant funds for the Distillers’ Charity and to help enhance the life-chances of young people in communities the length and breadth of Scotland.”

For more information about the auction, visit this link.

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