“1964 represents a significant date in the modern history"
Aston Martin has teamed up with Bowmore to create a limited-edition whiskey which costs £50,000.
The carmaker and whiskey distillery announced a partnership in 2019 to create exclusive bottlings and experiences. Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is the first release as part of this collaboration.
It is a 31-year-old whiskey which is said to be a celebration of “a definitive moment in history” for both Bowmore and Aston Martin.
It takes Bowmore’s reserve Black 1964 single malt whiskey and packages the deep obsidian black nectar with Aston Martin’s iconic DB5, which is from the same era.
For Bowmore, 1964 was the year a new boiler was installed. This saw the distillery enter the “modern age of distilling” as coal fires were replaced with steam as a means of heating the stills.
From this new boiler, Black Bowmore was the first distillation. This was first distilled on November 5, 1964.
David Turner, Bowmore distillery manager, said:
“1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery.
“Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went on to create Black Bowmore.
“These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.”
For Aston Martin, the DB5 was released in 1963 and made its on-screen debut a year later in the James Bond classic Goldfinger.
Marek Reichman, executive vice president and chief creative officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said:
“This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our star-studded history by combining the unrivalled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavours of this world-renowned single malt.”
Bottled at 49.6% ABV, the whiskey is described as having “intense flavours of mango, passion fruit and acacia honey interwoven with a powerful combination of coffee and tobacco smoke”.
The Black Bowmore DB5 bottle is marked as a special collaboration.
Half of it has been handcrafted by Glasstorm, a contemporary Scottish glass studio while the other half is a real DB5 metal piston.
Every bottle comes in a handmade presentation box, which was inspired by the distillery’s coastal home on the Isle of Islay.
Just 27 bottles have been created and 25 of these will be available to buy. However, it does not come cheap as each bottle will cost £50,000.
Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late autumn 2020.