After it was distilled in December 1961 and laid down in two ex-bourbon hogshead casks, Bowmore 50-Year-Old has spent half a century maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults. The oldest whisky distillery on Islay has produced only 200 bottles of this truly exceptional single malt remain – 50 of which were released each year between 2013 and 2016.
The cabinet of Bowmore 50-Year-Old is the work of acclaimed woodsmith Peter Toaig and is hewn from the finest Scottish Burr Elm, one of just 14 species of tree native to Scotland. It houses a hand-blown bottle which is fitted with a sterling-silver neck collar and cork top made by Fattorini silversmiths.
The real treasure is inside though. The warm honey gold Bowmore 50-Year-Old emits sweet almond frangipane in coconut milk, the fruitiness of apricots and crystallised orange, together with hints of black truffles and tea tree oil. The taste starts with bursts of ripe fruit – figs, fleshy papaya, pomegranate and pineapple – intermingled with black truffles and gentle smoke. As the whisky develops on the palate there is the evolving finish of almond cake and caramelised pears interwoven with subtle peat oils.
The suggested retail price of Bowmore-50 Year-Old is $23,000.