Dave from Toronto poses with Wayne Johnston, founder of Wounded Warriors (right) and 55-year-old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch in Toronto, Friday, October 19, 2012, after a record-breaking bid of $52,000. (MARKETWIRE PHOTO/Glenfiddich)
One of the world's 11 bottles of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve sold at an auction in Toronto Friday night for $52,000, setting a new record for Canada.
Dave and Laurie (who didn't want their last names used) from Etobicoke, Ont., were the winning bidders of the 55-year-old Scotch and the proceeds were donated to WoundedWarriors.ca, a not-for-profit organization that assists and improves the quality of life of wounded Canadian soldiers and their families.
"I'm truly overwhelmed with the level of support we've received from the William Grant & Sons family distillery through this auction and beyond," Capt. Wayne Johnston, the founder of WoundedWarriors.ca, said. "Every penny from this bottle's auction will go towards wounded Canadian soldiers and their families and I'm thrilled that the Grant's family has chosen to help."
Considered one of the most prestigious whiskies ever released by the Glenfiddich distillery, the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve was produced to recognize the long life and contributions Roberts made to her family's distillery. Roberts, the granddaughter of distillery founder William Grant, was part of a pioneering legacy that began 125 years ago.
Roberts' great-niece, Sally Gordon Woof, travelled to Canada to witness the seventh bottle sell at auction.
"Wee Janie (Janet Sheed Roberts) and this honorary Scotch are dear to me and my family, it's a privilege to see her continued contributions here in Canada," Woof said in a statement. "William Grant & Sons has many Canadian connections; with the auction of the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve we now have another."