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Bowmore Releases Rare 1957 Whisky

The Bowmore distillery has announced its oldest ever expression this October, the exceptionally rare Bowmore 1957. It is a whisky collector’s dream come true with only twelve bottles in existence, which have been lying in wait for over half a century in the finest oak in the Bowmore vault.

Bowmore 1957, after original distillation, spent forty-three years in a sherry cask, and in 2000 was moved to a bourbon cask. A collection of casks from 1957 were bottled in 1995 but this one in particular was held back from the outset and examined every six months to check for quality, taste, developments, and changes to determine how long the whisky could mature without losing Bowmore’s signature trait of a sweet and smokey balance. By 2011, this cask, at fifty-four years of age, was concluded to have reached perfection.

The whisky is said to be a truly sensory experience, initially emitting an elixir of blueberries, wild figs, mellow almonds, tropical fruit, and rich oaky overtones. The palate reveals layers of sweet and refined ocean taste with soft blueberries, cassis and figs, sea salt and fresh eucalyptus.

Two bottles will be auctioned at Bonhams Edinburgh and Bonhams NYC, with all proceeds donated to five different Scottish charities. Another two have been retained for the Morrison Bowmore archives, and the reamining eight will be available for purchase by the public solely at the Bowmore Distillery on Islay. Each of the twelve bottles were hand-blown and sculpted by two of the world’s foremost glass artists, Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns.

This rare whisky will undoubtedly become one of the most sought-after and collectable Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the world.


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