The cornerstone of the Voortrekker Monument was laid on December 16 1938 and a coelacanth was caught off East London. The rest of the world was a mess: Europe was spiraling down to war, Japan overran Canton and Adolf Hitler was Time magazine’s Man of the Year. But in Scotland, at the Mortlach distillery in Dufftown on Speyside, distiller George Urquhart, put 250 litres of new made whisky into a Spanish Sherry Cask (the Spanish Civil War was finally winding down and on May 5 the Vatican recognized Franco’s fascist government). A commitment to an uncertain future that was to lay undisturbed for 70 years.

Seventy two years later, Ray Edwards, liquor executive for Spar, is auctioning 200ml of this whisky in a teardrop decanter in aid of a local foetal alcohol charity. Visitors to Whisky Live, which kicks off at the Cape Town Convention Centre tomorrow, will be able to bid on this taste of the past using the latest technology: two iPad computers.

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