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Bonhams charity auction to raise smiles in China

Bonhams is to include an extremely rare Glenfiddich in its upcoming sale in Hong Kong, with proceeds going to charity

Bonhams has announced the addition of a rare, 55-year-old bottle of single malt to its Bonhams Fine and Rare Wines, Cognac & Rarest Single Malt Whisky Auction on 21 November 2012 in Hong Kong.

Glenfiddich Janet Roberts Reserve 1955 – 55 year old

The proceeds – the estimate is between HK$360,000 (£29,000) and 420,000 (£33,600) – of the sale of the Glenfiddich Janet Roberts Reserve 1955 – 55 year old are earmarked for Operation Smile China Medical Mission.

The China-based children’s charity funds free surgery and post-operative care to needy children and young adults in China born with a cleft lip or cleft palate in order to help them regain their smiles and live healthy, normal lives.

Named after the granddaughter of Glenfiddich founder William Grant, the whisky was bottled on Janet Sheed Roberts’ 55th birthday and after 55 years maturation only 11 bottles’ worth remained. All 11 will only be available at auction to raise money for charity.

“It is pale gold in colour and has a light and delicate aroma of orange blossom and violets intermingling with notes of toasted almonds and the subtlest whiff of smoke,” Martin Green, Bonhams’ whisky specialist based in Edinburgh, said of the whisky.

“To the taste, creamy vanilla and a gentle smokiness are beautifully counterbalanced with some sweeter oak notes. A drop or two of water releases further zesty orange flavours and an incredible vibrancy.”


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