Islay distillery Bowmore has released Black Bowmore 50 Year Old, the fifth and final edition of its inaugural series of collectible luxury single malt whiskies, priced at $19,600 a bottle. The opulent release concludes the series that pioneered the concept of luxury single malt.
The inaugural Black Bowmore was released in 1993 and every following edition (the fourth edition was presented in 2007) is highly prized by collectors. The latest edition will see only 159 bottles available worldwide. Like every other Black Bowmore, it was matured entirely in first fill Sherry casks, the 40.9% abv whisky was filled on 5 November 1964 and has stayed in the distillery’s No 1 Vault for its entire life.
The fifth release of the Black Bowmore is housed into hand-made bottles created using traditional glass-blowing techniques by Tain-based Glasstorm Studios, a Scottish Highlands-based workshop that has created amazing whisky vessels for Bowmore before. Glasgow cabinet-maker John Galvin Design has created the presentation case from Scottish oak, featuring silver inlays modelled on tree rings.
In the 2007 edition of the Black Bowmore, five oloroso sherry hogsheads (casks that hold about 250 litres) were vatted together and returned to the vault, where they continued to mature. In 2014 they were bottled for this release and kept waiting until their unveiling in October 2016.