Bowmore and Aston Martin unveil latest whiskyBy Melita Kiely
Islay distillery Bowmore has released a 21-year-old single malt whisky in partnership with Aston Martin.
Bowmore Masters’ Selection was a collaboration between Bowmore master whisky blender Ron Welsh and Aston Martin executive vice president and chief creative officer Marek Reichman.
The 51.8% ABV Scotch whisky includes 21-year-old Bowmore whisky that was aged in first-fill Pedro Ximénez and oloroso Sherry casks. The 21-year-old component accounts for 61.8% of the final liquid.
The remaining portion includes Bowmore whisky that was matured for more than 35 years.
Welsh said: “For the first time with this whisky, we have adopted the ‘golden ratio’ to inspire each of the elements bringing their own unique flavours and selecting the optimal casks to forge the desired character, taking inspiration from Marek and his team.
“What seems totally contrasting is, in fact, perfectly balanced and proportionate. Working with Marek has given me a new lens from which to explore whisky making. This whisky serves as a celebration of our unified knowledge and experience; our shared passions, values and ideas.”
Luxury car maker Aston Martin first partnered with Bowmore in 2019. Since then, the companies have created three travel retail-exclusive whiskies, and a £50,000 (US$66,000) whisky, called Black Bowmore DB5 1964.
Aston Martin’s Reichman has often spoken about the ‘golden ratio’, the mathematical ratio found in nature that creates ‘aesthetically pleasing compositions’.
Reichman added: “Proportionality defines every precise detail of designing an Aston Martin. We are constantly striving to achieve the golden ratio; the optimal of proportions. And it is this force which guides the creation of absolute beauty.
“To achieve this, we must combine our skill, passion and experience. Coming together with Ron just brings a whole new perspective on this and is hugely inspiring and enlightening.
“This whisky perfectly and harmoniously brings us together to create a beautiful, yet powerful equilibrium.”
Bowmore Masters’ Selection is available in global markets, including the UK, Germany, Canada, the US and China, priced at RRP US$300 per bottle.
Tasting notes include aromas of Manuka honey, praline, grilled hazelnuts, leather, cigar tobacco and heather blossom. On the palate, the whisky delivers flavours of ‘elegant’ Sherry, Islay peat, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee beans and a touch of papaya. The finish is said to be sweet, spicy and mouth-warming, with oak spice, chestnut cream and coconut.