Bowmore Releases 54-Year-Old Islay MaltSeptember 18, 2012
Islay single malt Scotch whisky Bowmore is set to release what it says is the oldest Islay malt ever made available to the public, Bowmore 1957. Only 12 bottles of the 54-year-old expression are being released, with the first two set to be auctioned by Bonhams in Edinburgh on October 10 and in New York City on October 28 respectively. A minimum reserve of £100,000 ($155,000) has been set for each of those bottles, with all net proceeds to be donated to five Scottish charities. Two more bottles will be reserved for the Bowmore archive, and the remaining eight will be sold at the distillery for £100,000 ($162,000) each.
Bowmore bottled a collection of 1957 casks in 1995, but set one aside. That cask was then tasted every six months and finally bottled last year, resulting in the 12 bottles now on offer. The whisky spent 43 years in a second-fill Sherry cask before being transferred to a second-fill Bourbon cask in 2000. It’s packaged in hand-blown glass bottles inlaid with flecks of platinum. Each bottle has a platinum neck collar engraved with the bottle number and spirit strength, and is closed with a platinum stopper. Part of Morrison Bowmore Distillers (Suntory), Bowmore sells around 160,000 cases globally and is handled in the U.S. by Campari America.
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