They meant limited edition with only four bottles of the Bowmore 1965 Precious Metals, capturing the brand’s heritage and craftsmanship.
An ode to the pioneering Bowmore Distillery, Beam Suntory is thrilled to introduce the limited-edition Bowmore 1965 Precious Metals.
Designed by master craftsman John Galvin, exclusively to Global Travel Retail, the piece is inspired by the brand’s heritage. Bowmore’s remote island on the shores of Islay is home to one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses, the No. 1 Vaults. Through the four individual presentation boxes, Galvin has managed to capture 240 years worth of the distillery’s legacy.
Each of the beautifully handcrafted oak boxes is adorned with a brass plaque made from the former spirit safe. This was a fundamental component towards making Bowmore, dating back to 1924.
John Galvin, Master Craftsman, says, “Working with Bowmore is always hugely inspiring and rewarding for me so the opportunity to imagine just four unique oak boxes for the 1965 Precious Metals was both exciting and enthralling. Taking a genuine piece of the distillery’s legacy and integrating it into the design is so magical as it keeps a part of Islay’s very heart and soul connected with this incredible whisky for eternity. These projects do not come along very often, but they are a real honour and privilege to be part of when they do.”
Fittingly, the Bowmore 1965 Precious Metals celebrates a definitive time in the evolution of the distillery. The 1960s aka the golden age of Bowmore, witnessed the birth of some of the brand’s most prolific and admired whiskies. Today, these spirits are limited to only a handful of casks, making this selection all the more special.
The bespoke one-off art pieces represent the ultimate pathway into the Bowmore legacy for whisky collectors worldwide. Following the first bottle release at the Taipei Downtown DF store from 11th March 2022, it will be available to travellers at airports in Dubai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.
Each of the four bottles are available at a rather hefty RRSP of $50,000, with each individual box being a bespoke collectible. The bottle will also be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and numbered to preserve their rarity.
Radiating a shimmering amber hue, Bowmore 1965 has been elevated to legendary status through maturation. The taxing yet detailed process brings out the iconic fruit notes and deep flavour that are revered in Bowmore single malts. On the nose, this whisky offers elegant bursts of fragrant fruits, sweet bees wax and intense dark chocolate, developing into burnt heather and a fresh spring flower finish. Perfectly balanced with a touch of jasmine, dried fruit and apricots, this single malt is best savoured neat.
Manuel González, Marketing Director of Global Travel Retail for Beam Suntory, says, “We’re delighted to present the exquisite limited-edition Bowmore 1965 Precious Metals exclusively to Global Travel Retail. Master craftsman John Galvin captured the essence of the Bowmore distillery and has a proven track record of designing incredibly desirable pieces for collectors. With only four bottles available worldwide, our customers are invited to get their hands on unique art that immortalises the Bowmore craftsmanship and celebrates the brand’s rich heritage.”
The proceeds from the sale have been donated to ‘The Bowmore Legacy’ to support the employability, training and housing needs of Bowmore’s young people. The key goal of the Bowmore Legacy is to futureproof the island’s distilling industry for tomorrow by investing in young people’s needs today.