Today, we announce the release of 470 bottles from a single cask of Royal Lochnagar whisky, which will be sold by Whisky Auctioneer between 9-13 September 2021.

The fairytale began in 1994, the year Scottish Ballet celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Instigated by our former Vice Chairman, Lord MacFarlane of Bearsden, a cask of Royal Lochnagar spirit was filled to commemorate this special occasion, a donation for the future. Scottish artist Norman Edgar (pictured below) was commissioned to paint the cask end portraying former Scottish Ballet Principal dancer Nicci Theis in the iconic role of Princess Aurora, also known as the Sleeping Beauty. 

Fittingly, the cask was then laid to rest – and now, 26 years later, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ has been awoken.

Fancy a dram?

This unique cask of whisky has been bottled by Royal Lochnagar's owner Diageo as part of their prestigious Casks of Distinction range, with 470 bottles scheduled to be sold at an online auction hosted by Whisky Auctioneer next month. That means whisky lovers and ballet fans alike will have the opportunity to own a highly collectible bottle of Royal Lochnagar – which was also a favourite of Queen Victoria.

Those seeking something more than a limited-edition whisky are in for a treat. The first auction lot will include bottle number one alongside the unique cask end painting depicting Princess Aurora. Additionally, the first ten lots will include exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences with Scottish Ballet. 

Every single pound raised at auction will contribute to the Scottish Ballet Endowment Fund, and we are incredibly grateful to Diageo and Whisky Auctioneer for donating all bottling and auction costs in support of Scottish Ballet.

If you’d like to support us too, pop 9-13th September 2021 in your diary and register your interest at Whisky Auctioneer for your chance to be part of the fairytale.

‘It is marvellous to know that this unique gift has been bottled and will now be offered for sale in support of the Scottish Ballet Endowment Fund, ensuring a lifelong benefit to all those who love ballet and who love Scotland*.’

HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay and Royal Patron of Scottish Ballet

‘Like all arts organisations, Scottish Ballet has endured a challenging eighteen months unable to perform live, and this income will be vital in ensuring the company’s long-term future and capacity to inspire future audiences, on stage and beyond. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has played their part in bringing this whisky fairytale to life. ’

Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet

* This quote was provided by Scottish Ballet’s Royal Patron The Duke of Rothsay for the booklet that accompanies each bottle of whisky.