Rarely has a whisky been so well named. "Spirit of Unity" is a blended malt whisky from seven independent Scottish distilleries being sold in support of Japan earthquake relief. At times in recent weeks, the situation over here has felt very dark indeed. Gestures like this from half way around the world have a emotional value in additional to the practical support they will lend the relief effort.
The seven distilleries involved are Arran, BenRiach, Bladnoch, GlenDronach, Mitchell’s Glengyle, Kilchoman and Springbank.
The whisky has not yet been bottled but is on pre-order because the people behind the project want to get money to Japan as soon as possible. In total, there will be 2,000 bottles. 1,200 will be sold in the UK, 600 will go to Japan, and 120 will also be on sale in New Zealand to generate funds for Christchurch earthquake relief. What a wonderfully inspiring gesture!
£59 a bottle.
Available from Royal Mile Whiskies and Loch Fyne Whiskies.
In Japan, I have seen it at these Rakuten stores: Shinanoya (sold out but may be available at branches) and Kawachi.