Bowmore and Aston Martin release super-rare Black Bowmore DB5 1964 single malt

Black Bowmore DB5 1964

Take a piston from an Aston Martin DB5 and fit a whisky bottle into it, fill it with a single malt and you’ve got yourself a bottle of Black Bowmore DB5 1964.

Only 27 bottles (each bottle took a week to make) of Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available so it’s going to be properly rare stuff. A collaboration between Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin, the two brands have announced it’s only the first of many collaborations they have planned.

If you know your whisky then you’ll know how rare Black Bowmore is and you may even know the link to 1964 and, if you’re a car head, well, no, scratch that, everyone knows the DB5 which lobbed in 1963 but made its movie debut with James Bond in 1964.

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation

For Bowmore, 1964 was the year it stepped away from coal fired boilers to the use of steam in heating the stills. The resultant drop from the first run was called Black Bowmore, so named because of the deep colour of the whisky. This 25-bottle collaboration with Aston Martin represents only the sixth bottling of Black Bowmore since 1964 making it one of the rarest single malts in the world.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore commented “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 onto 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.”

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.”

Black Bowmore 1964 tasting notes

On the eye: Deep obsidian black

Breathe in: Layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel. As time moves on soft tobacco smoke, aromatic orange peel and rich black cherry come to the fore. 

Taste: Intense flavours of mango, passion fruit and acacia honey interwoven with a powerful combination of coffee and tobacco smoke

Savour: A wonderfully long and decadent finish with tropical fruits and spice, defining over 240 years of craftsmanship 

Cask type: Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt
Age: 31-years-old
Vintage: 1964
ABV: 49.6%
Edition: 27 bottles

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