WHISKY AUCTION AIMS TO RAISE THOUSANDS FOR SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN RESCUE

A unique whisky collection owned by the late general manager of Diageo is expected to raise thousands of pounds for Scottish Mountain Rescue.

Mike Jappy, from Elgin, who died earlier this year was a passionate hill walker and whilst working for the drinks company acquired a range of rare whiskies.

The collection, expected to fetch around £7,000, will be sold as part of McTear’s Auctioneers’ Rare and Collectable Whisky auction, with all proceeds going to Scottish Mountain Rescue as agreed by Mike and his wife Karen before he passed away.

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On sale will be a complete set of ‘Manager’s Drams’ from 1992 to 2013. This was a series of special bottlings released by Diageo to showcase the style of its distilleries and McTears’ whisky experts have picked out an 11-year-old expression from the Lagavulin distillery as the highlight of not just the set but the full sale with an estimated price of between £400 and £500.

The next highest valuation is a Caol Ila 20-year-old single Islay malt which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Caol Ila distillery and is expected to fetch £300 to £400.

Also included is a Loch Dhu, known throughout the world as ‘The Black Whisky’ valued between £80 and £120, and The Director’s Blend, an exclusive blend of 27 malt and two grain whiskies all owned by Diageo.

Stephen McGinty, Whisky Specialist at McTear’s said: “This collection tells the story of a 27 year career with the world’s largest premium drinks company as well as highlighting Mike’s love for Scotch Malt whisky. Over the years Mike amassed an impressive range of whiskies that we expect will spark a lot of interest. Mike personally oversaw the production of some of the finest drams made in Scotland and this collection reflects this.”

Mike began his career with United Distillers, the predecessor of Diageo Plc as a laboratory technician in 1987 before moving into production management. Over the next 15 years he held a number of posts before being promoted to the role of General Manager of Distilling where he oversaw the operation of 12 of Diageo’s malt distilleries.

Karen Jappy added: “Mike loved the hills and enjoyed hillwalking with friends, me and on his own for over 20 years. He had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, taken part in the National 3 Peaks Challenge and climbed 149 of the 282 Munros. It was his intention to take early retirement and try and climb as many Munros as he could. He asked that Scottish Mountain Rescue benefit from his whisky collection as he was lucky enough to never need their service but so many others aren’t quite so lucky. Hopefully the rare bottles in the sale will interest whisky lovers from all over and we can raise a nice amount for a deserving charity.”An auction of rare whisky could raise £7000 for Scottish Mountain Rescue - pic shows -L-R Scottish Mountan Rescue General Manager Andy Rockall and Chairman Simon Steer (2)

Simon Steer, Chairman of Scottish Mountain Rescue said: “Scottish Mountain Rescue relies on donation to offer a world class service delivering people to safety anywhere in Scotland. We would like to thank the family of Mike Jappy and especially his wife Karen for their kindness in selling this collection for the benefit of our volunteers. We are also grateful to McTear’s Auctioneers for waiving their fees in relation to this sale, which maximises the income to the charity.”

The full collection of bottles will feature in the Rare and Collectable Whisky auction at McTear’s in Glasgow on Wednesday, 16th December.

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003