Bowmore releases 50-year-old whisky for US$30kBy Owen Bellwood
Islay distillery Bowmore has unveiled a new limited-edition 50-year-old single malt whisky, priced at US$30,000.
The oldest licensed distillery on Islay will release 74 bottles of Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old, which began maturation the same year Bowmore was bottled for the first time.
It has been maturing in a single ex-Bourbon hogshead cask in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vault since 1966 and has been nurtured over the years by distillery manager Eddie MacAffer, who joined the distillery in the same year.
David Turner, Bowmore distillery manager, said: “To this day Eddie MacAffer is renowned at the Bowmore distillery for his passion and knowledge, which he so proudly showcased throughout his 50 years at the distillery.”
He continued: “I am honoured to celebrate such a pivotal year in Bowmore’s history and launch this incredible whisky. The Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old demonstrates the rewards of our meticulous ageing process and proves the unparalleled quality of the whiskies coming from our passionate and dedicated distillery team.”
On the nose, Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old offers “elegant bursts of lychee, pineapple, and watermelon, developing into light floral notes and a dry finish on the palate”.
This is the third release from Bowmore’s Old Vaults Legends Collection, a series honouring the distillery’s first single malts which began ageing in the No. 1 vaults in the 1960s.
As part of the collection, the Islay distillery previously released 50-year-old bottlings from 1961 and 1964.
Sitting at the top of Bowmore’s portfolio, the 1966 spirit is presented in a handmade crystal decanter with sterling silver adornments and is housed in a hand-crafted Scottish oak cabinet.
Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old will be on sale later this year and has a suggested price of US$30,000.