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‘A drop of Doddie’s legacy’: Rare whisky specially selected by the late Doddie Weir released by Ardnamurchan Distillery

Ardnamurchan x My Name'5 Doddie (Photo: Royal Mile Whiskies)

A SCOTCH whisky specially selected by the late Doddie Weir is set to be released to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. 

On sale tomorrow (Wednesday 19th April), the Highland Single Malt, AD/06:17, distilled and bottled by Ardnamurchan Distillery, was chosen from a single ex-Oloroso Sherry cask on June 9, 2017, for Scottish rugby legend Weir.

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The 61-cap Scotland international was accompanied by friends and fellow rugby legends including former Scotland captain and MND fundraiser Rob Wainwright; Ireland great Keith Wood; and Scotland scrum half Gary Armstrong, visited Ardnamurchan Distillery in Glenbeg to select the final cask, shortly before Weir died on November 26, 2022, after almost six-years living with MND.

Others making the trip included close friend of Doddie and ex-Scotland player Carl Hogg and Martin Wilson, Managing Director, Thrifty. 

A total of 327 bottles have been labelled specially to support the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Four bottles (number 1, 2, 5, and 55) will be kept aside for future actions to raise funds for the Foundation.

The release is on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 19th April) and will be sold via Scotland’s leading specialist whisky retailer, Royal Mile Whiskies, who ship thousands of whiskies and fine spirits worldwide, with all profits donated to the charity.

Bottled at 59.2% ABV, it has a colour of old oak and toffee lights. On the nose there is sweet and salted toffee, sea spray, chocolate coated raisins and a hint of banoffee. The palate is said to be ‘mouth coating’ with hazelnut praline, sea salt and bonfire embers, with a finish of ‘lingering milk chocolate’. 

Rob Wainwright, who has helped raise millions for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, said: “Doddie loved a dram, and it was very poignant to get the group back together for the trip to Coll and Ardnamurchan to select the final whisky with him. We didn’t know it then, but that was one of the last times many of us would spend with him. 

“Doddie’s legacy runs throughout the Foundation and the continued mission to find a cure for MND, and it’s fair to say there’s a drop of it in every bottle of this special whisky.” 

Alex Bruce, Managing Director, Ardnamurchan Distillery, said: “We were incredibly honoured to welcome Doddie to our wee distillery at the beginning of October last year. His enthusiasm for life was unmatched, and I hope that everyone who manages to grab a bottle from this cask raises a dram in his honour.

“We look forward to donations from the sale of these limited-edition bottles of whisky raising more funds to support the continued efforts to find a cure for motor neuron disease.”

Paul Thompson, Director of Fundraising, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, added: “It’s particularly special to see the cask Doddie hand-selected just before he died, now packaged in these beautiful bottles featuring the My Name’5 Doddie tartan. 

“We’re confident the AD/06:17 Cask will be highly sought after and raise a significant amount for our fundraising efforts, and will support our search for a cure to motor neuron disease.”

Since the launch of Doddie Aid 2023, over £2 million has been raised by fundraisers for the charity. Around 40,000 people, including Lewis Capaldi and Ewan McGregor, took part in this year’s Doddie Aid, a six week challenge, made up of running, rowing and riding, which takes place over the first six weeks of every year from January 1. 

Currently, there are around 400 people in Scotland currently living with MND. The condition progressively damages part of the nervous system, leading to muscle weakness and visible wasting. 

To find out more about the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and to donate, please click here.

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