Bourbon Industry

Unity bourbon raises $8,500 for ALS research

Two bottles of Master Distillers' Unity, the one-of-a-kind bourbon blended from seven Kentucky distilleries, sold on Sunday for $10,115 — one of the highest prices paid for bourbon at auction — at the Bonham's Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits auction in New York. The buyer was not disclosed.

That price includes the buyer's premium, according to Bonham's. The "hammer price" for the two bottles was $8,500.

Master distillers from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve selected special bourbons to contribute to the blend, which was approved by Heaven Hill master distiller Parker Beam.

Beam was diagnosed in February with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Money raised by the auction will benefit the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund for ALS research.

The bottles came in 750ml crystal decanters with silver closures, inside a specially made silk lined wooden box hand signed by all the participating master distillers.