Charity The BEN (full name: The Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland), is using a unique fundraising approach to support those in hospitality in Scotland that have suffered during and after the pandemic. A selection of lots for the charity whisky auction. The BEN The auction hosted by Whisky Auctioneer went live today. Bids can be submitted until January 9th. All funds will be donated to The BEN, which includes the commission paid by the auctioneer. The BEN provides financial assistance to those in need. It supports anyone who has worked for at least three consecutive years in the hospitality and drinks industry. It has been operating in some capacity for more than 150 years. Previously, there were two organizations. In 1976, the Scottish Wine and Spirit Merchants’ Benevolent Institution was merged into the East of Scotland Licensed Trade Benevolent Institution (1867). This gave rise to its current form. The auction not only benefits a charity, but it also includes unique bottles from the 54 available, some of which are exclusive to the auction. Highlights include Glenglassaugh whisky, first distilled in 1967, a Glenturret 30 year-old Glenturret, and some rare '1of 1' bottles. These include a cask sample taken from a Paul Launois Cak from the Ardnamurchan distillery, and a Speyside single cask bottle of Glenfarclas 26 year-old Glenfarclas. Joe Wilson, Whisky Auctioneer's Head Cuator and Spirits Specialist, is happy about his company's participation in the auction. "It's a privilege to bring these lot to auction to support The BEN (Scotland's charity for the hospitality and drink industry). It is crucial that they are supported this winter after two difficult years. We are grateful for the generosity of so many bottles and hope they generate a lot of interest from whisky lovers and collectors around the world. Although the information was not in the official press release Dave Broom, a renowned whisky writer and author, reports that the auction's goal is to raise more than PS20,000. This feat should not be difficult, especially since it is for a worthy cause. This link provides all information and details about the lots. Online bidding opens Thursday 22 December to Monday 9 January. You can ship bottles to any country from the UK. However, local taxes and duties may apply.