Following one incredible idea, two years of hard work and 32 years of maturation, The Intrepid officially became the world’s largest bottle of whisky on September 9th, 2021. Standing over 1.8m tall, the record-breaking bottle contains 311 litres of fine single malt, distilled at the prestigious Macallan Distillery in 1989.
Daniel Monk and the team behind The Intrepid, a partnership between Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings, were inspired by a passion for exploration and sought to name the project in recognition of the drive and determination of some of the world’s most pioneering individuals, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dr. Geoff Wilson, Karen Darke MBE, Olly Hicks, Sarah Outen MBE, Dwayne Fields FRGS, Levison Wood FRGS, Felicity Aston MBE and past Scottish Adventurers of the Year Jamie Ramsay and Will Copestake.
Sister casks 6986 and 6992 were left maturing in Macallan’s Speyside warehouse for over three decades. Last year, these two carefully selected hogsheads were married together by renowned bottlers Duncan Taylor, to bring the final stages of The Intrepid project to climax with a new world record. To commemorate this momentous event, a small number of exclusive sets were produced; comprising a collection of 12 bottles, each filled with the remaining 32 year old Macallan whisky from the same casks used to fill the record breaking bottle. Each set includes a replica of the main bottle design along with individual versions dedicated to each of the explorers associated with the project.
Led by the incredible world record-holding 311 litre bottle, our 25 May auction offers pioneering collectors the once in a lifetime opportunity to take their place in the whisky hall of fame.
“Eleven of the most fearless and adventurous people to walk the earth, featured on the world’s largest bottle of whisky, containing some of the most expensive single malt available, and bottled by one of the best independent Scotch bottling companies. Truly one of one.”
The Intrepid could only have been made possible by the explorers and their commitment. Their unquestionable personal drive and want to support a wide ranging group of important charities will become part of Intrepid’ s legacy and leave a lasting impact...
The first and currently only person to row the Atlantic from America to England and the youngest to cross any ocean, Olly holds three world records. Since 2005, he has spent 220 days alone at sea and rowed/paddled over 11,000km. Olly is currently planning to take on the Southern Ocean and become the first to row the world solo.
“Life’s too short to do work you don’t care about, so chase those dreams & transform them through sheer force of will, effort and persistence into reality”
10% FOR THE OCEAN a campaign to revolutionise and increase ten-fold the funding to protect and restore our largest yet least-funded ecosystem - the Ocean. www.arksen.com/arksen-philanthropy
Karen is a Paralympic gold medal winning cyclist, world-beating paratriathlete and adventurer. Paralysed at 21, she has since crossed Greenland’s ice cap using a special sit-ski and arm-power, climbed El Capitan, sea kayaked 1,000 miles from Canada to Alaska, and cycled the coastlines and rivers of 6 continents. The 7th will be Antarctica, to create the inspirational new POLE OF POSSIBILITY
“Ordinary people can do extraordinary things; surprising things become possible when we allow our ideas to seed and inspire one another towards new horizons!”
QUEST 79 THE POLE OF POSSIBILITY a unique Antarctic challenge in partnership withThe Polar Academy, and embodying the value of inspiration through exploration. pop.karendarke.com
Named both Scottish and UK Adventurer of the Year in 2015 for his 364 day solo circumnavigation of Scotland by kayak and continuous ascent of all 282 winter Munro mountains, Will’s other adventures include the Great Walks of New Zealand, a crossing of Iceland, several kayaking expeditions in the Patagonian fjords, and a winter round of the Corbett mountains.
“Adventure starts on your doorstep and can lead you anywhere. Start small and aim big and you’ll conquer the world”
ULLAPOOL SEA SAVERS a local group of kids who champion and aid the clean-up of the local marine environment. www.ullapoolseasavers.com
An expert kiteboarder, Geoff’s world records include the longest solo and unsupported Polar journey in human history, fastest solo and unsupported crossing of Antarctica, fastest unsupported crossing of Greenland (south to north), and the first and only wind-assisted crossing of the Sahara. A lifetime of tackling the harshest conditions has given Geoff a steely resilience and made him an Australian icon.
“Remember if the day is tough you may just be building the character you need to push through to the best day of your life”
THE MCGRATH FOUNDATION raising money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia. www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
Quite simply, the world’s greatest living explorer. Sir Ranulph and Charles Burton completed the 52,000km Transglobe Expedition in 1982, a surface circumnavigation via both geographical poles. His endless achievements include being first to cross the Antarctic unsupported, finding the lost city of Ubar, and running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents shortly after a double heart bypass operation!
“Pick your team on character not skill. You can teach skill; you can’t teach character”
MARIE CURIE providing care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families. www.mariecurie.org.uk
Scottish Adventurer of the Year 2016, Jamie is an endurance adventurer who has covered over 50,000km in 28 different countries. The pinnacle of his achievements was a 17,000km solo and unsupported run through the Americas from Vancouver to Buenos Aires. He also cycles vast distances such as his 4,027km crossing of Australia, during which he covered 160km/day.
“It is by venturing out into the wild and testing your self-perceived physical and mental limitation that you realise just how much more you are truly capable of”
CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY (CALM) leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. www.thecalmzone.net
Dwayne was the first black Briton to reach the magnetic North Pole, which was the culmination of hard training and a longer journey in which this ‘inner-city kid’ had turned his back on violence and found peace in nature. The youngest ever recipient of the Freedom of the City of London, Dwayne now does incredible work with underprivileged youngsters.
“Every step you take is a step closer to achieving your goal, even though it might not always feel like it”
#WETWO FOUNDATION creating the next generation of ambassadors to care for our beautiful planet. www.teamwetwo.com/wetwo-foundation
Felicity is the first and only woman to have skied alone across Antarctica, a 1,744km journey she made using just personal muscle power. As a climate scientist turned explorer, Felicity has created and led record-setting ski expeditions to both North and South Geographic Poles with international teams of women and led the first British female team across the Greenland ice sheet.
“Just keep getting out of the tent”
THE B.I.G (BEFORE IT’S GONE) NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2022 - skiing to the North Geographic Pole to conduct vital Arctic Ocean sea ice research. www.bignorthpole.com
Robin is a true maritime legend. He became the first person to single-handedly complete a non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 1969, and then repeated the feat at age 68 to also become the oldest to have done it! In 1994, Robin and Peter Blake won the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation, taking just 74 days.
“Don’t find yourself looking into a mirror at 90 years of age regretting the things you did not get round to. Do them now!”
CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD RACE one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. www.clipperroundtheworld.com
In 2009, Sarah became the youngest person and first female ever to row solo across the Indian Ocean. Two years later, she embarked upon a 32,000km expedition rowing, cycling, and kayaking her way around the world. During the three-year circumnavigation, she also became the youngest person and first woman to row across the Pacific from Japan to Alaska.
“I have learned that toughness is as much about softness. Learning to let go is as important as tenaciously holding on, often harder”
THE BLURT FOUNDATION dedicated to helping those affected by depression. www.blurtitout.org
Levison has travelled and worked in over 100 countries. His expeditions include walking the entire length of the River Nile, the Himalayas from Afghanistan to Bhutan, 2,900km along the spine of Central America, and most recently an 8,000km circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula in 2017. Much of that journey took him through war zones during the conflict with ISIS.
“To achieve great things, surround yourself with great people”
SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION SOCIETY raises grant money for individuals leading remote scientific expeditions focused on discovery, research and conservation. www.ses-explore.org