The distillery is selling off a 300-litre American hogshead, previously filled with Australian De Bortoli Muscat. It has been donated by Nebb Whisky Barrels, which sources casks from Australia's top wine producers – many of whom have suffered at the hands of the wildfires which raged across the country earlier this year.
The cask will be auctioned through Whisky Auctioneers, which has waived its selling fees to support the charitable effort. The auction opens on 28 February and runs until 9 March. The winning bidder will be invited to fill the cask themselves at Lindores Abbey Distillery and be given a behind-the-scenes tour with distillery manager Gary Haggart.
All profits from the sale will be donated to the SA Bushfire Appeal and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
Drew McKenzie Smith, managing director of Lindores Abbey, said: "We have been horrified by the images of devastation coming from Australia. We have many Australian members of our preservation society who kindly contribute to the upkeep and conservation of our abbey and its natural surroundings, so we feel compelled to do the same for them in their country’s time of need."