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Limited edition Polar Ice rum auctioned for charity

Posted: 24th November 2021

This Saturday, 27th November, the luxury aged rum brand Cabal, will auction 50 bottles of its unique, hand-finished, Cabal No.1513 Polar Ice limited edition rum at a unique Explorers Club and Cabal event on board the historic HQS Wellington in London.

Through its official partnership with The Explorers Club Great Britain and Ireland Chapter, Cabal has created this exclusive limited-edition rum containing Polar ice which was brought back from the South Pole by explorer Luke Robertson, the first Scot to complete a solo, unassisted and unsupported trek to the South Pole.

All 50 bottles made will be sold at the silent auction this Saturday, with proceeds being donated by Cabal to The Explorers Club Great Britain and Ireland Chapter to be used by The Polar Academy to help deliver truly life changing opportunities for families who need it the most.

Claire Kinloch, CEO at Harpalion Spirits, said: “Thanks to our partnership with The Explorers Club, which aims to promote exploration, discovery and pursuit of the bold, this is just the start of our journey of exploration into limited editions. With views of the river Thames looking out across the London sky line, the HQS Wellington is a fitting stage to host the auction for this exciting and truly one-of-a-kind limited edition, Cabal Polar Ice aged rum.”

In addition to containing revered water from the South Pole, the stunning label of the limited-edition bottle features specially commissioned artwork by the polar artist and illustrator Sarah Barnard.

With the aim of promoting the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences, together, Cabal and The Explorers Club will be hosting a wide range of events and strategic exploration initiatives.

This first event aboard HQS Wellington welcomes names from all disciplines of exploration; with guest of honour, The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, joined by Polar explorer Felicity Aston; adventurer James Ketchell; Craig Mathieson, founder of The Polar Academy; and Michael Perry, NASA Engineer.

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About The Explorers Club
The Great Britain and Ireland Chapter regionally represents the global organisation, The Explorers Club, which was founded in New York City in 1904. Chapters of The Explorers Club can be found throughout the world creating individual communities of like-minded people from many different disciplines of exploration.

The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by its members.

The Explorers Club – Great Britain and Ireland Chapter

About Cabal
Cabal, which officially launched its first expression Cabal No.1513 in May 2021, is created using a combination of pot and column distillation techniques with rums from prominent distilleries in Guatemala, Guyana, Trinidad, Panama and the Caribbean, tropically aged at origin. The liquid is then finished in Pedro Ximénez casks in Speyside, creating a unique, complex, yet smooth taste profile.

Bottled at 43% ABV, Cabal No.1513 is non-chill filtered, and there is no added colouring, flavour or sugar, leaving a high-quality, natural rum.

Cabal No.1513 was awarded gold in the super premium golden rum category at the recent Spirits Business Global Spirits Masters 2021 and a silver at the DBSB Autumn Tasting.

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Cabal No.1513 is distributed in the UK through bbb drinks and is available to both on-trade and off-trade outlets and online platforms across the UK. Export will also be a key channel and Gold Medal Marketing in Alberta, Canada, has already been appointed as a regional distributor.

Harpalion Spirits

Cabal is a Harpalion Spirits brand. Founded by two entrepreneurs passionate about the complexity, creativity and integrity that surrounds rum and its taste, Harpalion Spirits is wholeheartedly committed to using consumer insight to create its liquid, brand, story and future, with more than 200 people involved in the Cabal journey so far.

The company, head quartered in Edinburgh, is backed by entrepreneur Richard Dixon, Chairman and led by CEO Claire Kinloch, also CEO of strategy consultancy, Genoa Black.

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