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Bowmore 1961 Bourbon Cask 50 Year Old

Lot: 6113251

Bowmore 1961 Bourbon Cask 50 Year Old

Winning Bid: £40,500
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 30 bids

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50 Year Old
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2 x Bourbon hogsheads
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Bowmore 1961 Bourbon Cask 50 Year Old 

Islay’s oldest working distillery, Bowmore was established in 1779 and is now regarded as one of the most popular malts not only on Islay, but in the whole of Scotland. The distillery was acquired by Stanley P. Morrison in 1963, ushering in an era of iconic single malts, including the legendary Black Bowmore, credited by many as the genesis of whisky collecting, bottled in 1993. The distillery was bought under the control Suntory the year after (they had been stakeholders since 1989), and it remains one of the most collectible brands in Scotch whisky today. Bowmore is one of the few remaining Scottish distilleries to use its own floor maltings, providing them with 40% of their requirements.

The unique microclimate of the No.1 Vaults warehouse at Bowmore distillery means casks share very little with the angels, and has allowed the distillery to bottle some spectacular age-statements over the years. These early Morrison Bowmore era vintages are considered classics.

Distilled way back in 1961, this 50 year old was the oldest publicly available Bowmore ever bottled at the time of release (although there were a few bottles of 54 year old available to procure from the distillery). The spirit was distilled in December of that year and laid down for half a century in two ex-bourbon hogsheads. The "angel's share" in these casks left only enough for a limited 200 bottles.

The presentation of this 50 year old celebrates more than just the craftsmanship of whisky. The bottle was hand-blown and engraved by two of Scotland's foremost glass artists, Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns. The wooden cabinet and stand were carved by acclaimed woodworker Peter Toaig, who used highly-prized burr elm grown in the Scottish Highlands. Finally, the presentation is completed with a solid silver neck collar and 50-year perpetual calendar, allowing you to "look into the future" as you savour the past, both fashioned by sixth generation silversmiths, Thomas Fattorini.

One of just 200 bottles.

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