I’m auctioning my Evan Williams Single Barrel collection for charityAugust 7th, 2012
Okay, one more post before I leave for vacation…
So, it’s a bit atypical for me that I have the entire collection of Evan Williams Single Barrel bottlings. I have one bottle from every vintage released for the past 17 years. The majority of them are from Barrel No. 1, and a large percentage are signed by either Parker or Craig Beam. (And some by both!)
When these bottlings first came out, I regularly went out and bought them. They were good, and they were affordable. Several years later, I realized that I still had one bottle from each year’s release–unopened!
By this time, Heaven Hill began sending me a review bottle. I told them about my accidental collection, so they were kind enough to send me an extra bottle for my collection. Most times, either Craig or Parker would sign it before the sent it to me. (Each year, I would offer to pay, but they always refused.)
And so, here I am, seventeen years into this accidental fortune. Like I mentioned above, I’m not a hoarder. So what should I do with it? Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is that I could drink it! But these whiskeys are too special for me to drink randomly. I also thought about lining them all up, inviting about 40 special guests, and having a really fun tasting some night.
But, the fact is, many of these bottles were gifts thanks to the kindness of my friends at Heaven Hill. My feeling is that I should not benefit or profit in any way from them. That includes my drinking them, even if I share them.
What I decided to do was auction the complete set at the Bonhams auction in New York City on October 28th and donate the proceeds to charity. I haven’t informed Heaven Hill yet, but I would also like their input on the charity that’s picked.
So, if you feel like you missed the boat on these excellent Evan Williams Single Barrel offerings, here’s your chance. I have tasted them all over the past 17 years. Most of these bottlings are excellent, and some were awarded our “Whiskey of the Year.”
Maybe you can get a bunch of friends to go in with you on the bidding? Great whiskeys, and for a great cause!