Bowmore®, the oldest licensed distillery on Scotland’sisle of Islay, has announced the release of Bowmore® 1965 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the latest expression in the 50 Year Old Vaults Series. Bowmore® 1965 has matured for 52 years at Bowmore distillery, the home of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses, the No. 1 Vaults. This extended maturation period has created a rare and refined whisky with the perfect blend of complexity and elegance, exemplifying Bowmore’s history spent perfecting the art of whisky maturation. Only 232 bottles of the rare Bowmore 1965 have been produced for the world and will be available as of this December with a suggested retail price of $30,000 (750ml).
Bowmore 1965 is the latest expression in the Vaults Series, a collection of the rarest whiskies from the home of the No. 1 Vaults. The liquid was one of the first to pass through Bowmore’s then-new steam heated stills in 1965, benefitting from smoother heating and greater control, enabling the distillery to craft a spirit that was perfectly primed to mature over many decades. The expression is a rich reward for those who value the importance of savoring time, with plenty of time spent carefully perfecting every single element of the whisky making process when creating the release.
“Bowmore 1965 demonstrates the rewards of our meticulous aging process and showcases the quality of whiskies coming from our passionate and dedicated distillery team,” says David Turner, Bowmore Distillery Manager. “The 1965 expression comes from a golden era of distillation and adds another fine single malt to the Bowmore portfolio. The latest addition in our 50 year old Vaults series is sure to obtain legendary status among collectors and whisky enthusiasts.”
Bowmore 1965 is the fourth expression to debut from the Bowmore 50 Year Old VAULTS SERIES, a collection honoring the rare single malts that were first distilled and began aging in the No. 1 Vaults during the 1960s, an era known for producing some of Bowmore’s most collectible bottlings. Bowmore 1965 joins: 1966 50 Year Old (released November 2017); Black Bowmore 1964 50 Year Old (released June 2017); and Bowmore 1961 50 Year Old (released December 2016).
TASTING NOTES – Bowmore 1965, 42% alcohol by volume
This remarkably rare limited-edition bottling has, over its 52-year maturation, unlocked the rich fruit and balanced smoke tastes distinctive of 1960s Bowmore whiskies, which have been savored by connoisseurs worldwide and are renowned as some of the most collectible Bowmore expressions. An outstanding expression, Bowmore 1965 has been elevated to legendary status through maturation that showcases the iconic fruit notes and deep flavors that are revered in Bowmore single malts. On the nose, Bowmore 1965 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 savored neat.
THE 1965 BOWMORE BOTTLE AND WOOD CASE
Sitting at the pinnacle of Bowmore’s portfolio, Bowmore 1965 is presented in a hand-blown glass bottle boasting sterling silver adornments and is housed in a hand-crafted cabinet made from Scottish oak.