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Published:  23 July, 2008

The first British woman to reach the summit of Everest is to donate the proceeds from the sale of her own bottles of Glenmorangie single malt whisky to benefit a Nepalese charity, The Himalayan Trust. Ten years ago, Glenmorangie sponsored Rebecca Stephens' bid to conquer Everest. She succeeded on 17 May 1993 and was presented with a cask of new whisky spirit. The cask is now mature and Glenmorangie has named it the Mount Everest Malt'. It will be hand-bottled at the distillery in Tain by Rebecca on 19 May 2003 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of her achievement. It will also mark the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Each limited edition bottle - just over 400 in total - will be individually numbered and signed by Stephens and distillery manager Graham Eunson. Non chill-filtered, it will be bottled at 46% ABV. Stephens intends to present a bottle to members of the 1953 Everest team, with the remaining bottles being sold to benefit the Himalayan Trust. Stephens said: The trust was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary to help the Sherpa people help themselves, providing a way for them to build schools, bridges and hospitals, and address deforestation. We hope that sales of Mount Everest Malt will raise significant sums for this vital charity.' Anyone interested in reserving a bottle of the Mount Everest Malt should contact Glenmorangie on 01862 892477. Minimum price is 50 per bottle (plus post and packing), but donations above this amount are encouraged. Every pound paid - except post, packing and insurance costs of 6.45 - will benefit the trust.