Bottled Scotch Launch Event Raises £2,550 for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis

by Aaron Damiano Sparkes
Founder and CEO of Whisky 1901

Official launch event

On Saturday 22nd June, we officially launched our first multi-award-winning independent bottled Whisky at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, to our cask investors and the golf club’s private members.

As well as the opportunity to purchase (and taste) one of only 263 bottles available from the Glenburgie no.14483, the event raised vital funds for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis. A raffle and donations raised £2550 to support the charity’s work across the UK.


Charity support

Founded in 2013, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis provides a lifeline for the 70,000 people across the UK living with pulmonary fibrosis. With symptoms including severe shortness of breath and a persistent cough, 1,000 people are being diagnosed every month with the incurable, life-limiting disease. Led by people who have or are affected by pulmonary fibrosis, the charity provides vital support to ensure people living with the disease are not alone.

The decision to raise funds for this worthwhile cause was instigated by Whisky 1901 cask investor and event attendee, Allan Bell, who is a member of one of the many support groups provided by the charity across the UK.

Raising funds for vital care

With running costs of £600,000 a year and no government backing, the charity relies on donations from the community to carry out its support work and research into the disease and ways to prolong life. Fundraising events like this are crucial to not only raise money but raise awareness of the disease.

To put the amount raised into context:

  • £10 helps fund a phone call from a nurse-led support line, providing a listening ear and information to people living with pulmonary fibrosis.
  • £25 helps fund a carers group session, supporting those caring for people with pulmonary fibrosis to connect with others sharing similar experiences.
  • £100 helps provide essential information to people living with pulmonary fibrosis.
  • £500 supports the funding of vital new research into pulmonary fibrosis and possible treatments.

Savouring Scotch in style

The event was a huge success both in terms of money and awareness raised for the charity and creating a buzz and excitement around our new first bottled Scotch. Guests were treated to a three-course meal in the opulent surroundings of The Renaissance Club with experts from Whisky 1901 on hand to talk then through the new limited-edition single malt.

The Glenburgie 1988 single cask expression Scotch is the first of what will become the company’s independent bottling line known as ‘The Collection’. Whisky expert and consultant Matt Chambers from Whisky for Everyone also gave event attendees an overview of the flavour profile of the newly launched spirit.


The bottled Scotch from the Speyside distillery has already been awarded three medals for excellence. A Silver Medal from The San Francisco World Spirits Competition; a Gold Medal from the Global Scotch Whisky Masters, run by The Spirits Business magazine; and a Bronze award from The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

To find out more about our new Scotch and how you can purchase a limited-edition bottle, contact our Head of Distribution, Harry Bradley at or complete the form at Register Your Interest.

For more information about Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit


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