One-of-a-kind bottling raises $8,500 for ALS research at New York auction


Two bottles of Master Distillers’ Unity, a one-of-a-kind blend of bourbons from seven Kentucky distilleries, sold for $10,115 at Bonham’s Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits auction in New York City on Sunday. That includes the buyer’s premium; the winning bid was $8,500. The buyer was not identified.

Master distillers from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve selected special extra-aged, barrel-proof bourbons to contribute to the blend, which was approved by Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam. I’ve written about some bourbons with crazy price tags recently, but this bourbon was created for a very special cause: The proceeds will benefit the ALS Association in honor of Mr. Beam, who was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund.

The unprocessed and unfiltered 100 proof bourbon blend was bottled in two 750ml crystal decanters with silver closures that were placed inside a specially made silk-lined wooden box signed by all the participating master distillers.

Cheers to the winning bidder, whoever he/she may be. If you’d like to contribute to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund, click here.

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