August 6, 2020, Islay, United Kingdom – Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey and Aston Martin unveiled their first collaborative creation; Black Bowmore DB5 1964. A striking concept that brings together an iconic whiskey and a legendary car in a 50/50 bottle, with an exceptional single malt and a true Aston Martin DB5 piston.
With only 25 bottles on sale, this exceptionally rare 1964 Black Bowmore DB5 is a celebration of time; a defining moment in history for Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is also a celebration of shared values and passions; exhibiting great innovation and invention.
A beautifully inspiring masterpiece; this unique, handcrafted container houses an equally exceptional single malt, Black Bowmore. Inspired by the past, but truly breathtaking in the world today. The importance of 1964 is paramount. This represents a truly defining era of evolution for Bowmore and Aston Martin.
For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most defining moments in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern era of distillation as coal fires gave way to steam to heat stills. It was the first distillation of this new boiler that produced the spirit that would become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.
Distilled for the first time on November 5, 1964, Black Bowmore has become over the years one of the rarest and most sought after single malt whiskeys ever created. This latest version represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, only around six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore have been made available, adding to the appeal of this iconic whiskey.
David Turner, Director of the Distillery at Bowmore commented: “1964 marks an important date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a pivotal moment in how we distilled our mind, but perhaps even more significant as that mind went into the creation of Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to Bowmore’s story. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to present this iconic single malt again in the most incredible way.
For Aston Martin, it was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 with considerable success, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely considered “the world’s most famous car”, not least because of its connection to the world’s most famous secret agent in 1964.
In its early days, the DB5 represented a subtle but significant evolution from its immediate predecessor, the DB4 5 Series, not least due to an increase in engine displacement to 4.0 liters. This of course made the DB5 even more of a sporty sedan which, combined with its exceptional styling, helped it become one of the most desirable and admired sports cars of its generation. Sir David Brown, then owner of the Aston Martin Lagonda and the man who gave the ‘DB’ lineage its initials, said of the car: ‘I believe that is the essential character of the DB5, and its ability to perform flawlessly in all conditions, which makes this car so intensely satisfying to own. It is this relentless pursuit of power with purpose that further helps define Aston Martin’s appeal today.
Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Creative Director of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our starry history by combining the unparalleled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavors of this world famous single malt.
True to its commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a contemporary bespoke glass studio based in North East Scotland. With over 50 years of experience in glass design, sculpture and creation, each bottle has taken up to a week to complete, reflecting the continuous thread of attention to detail and skill that defines this collaboration.
Black Bowmore DB5 1964 comes in a handcrafted display box; itself a work of art. Inspired by the coastal home of the distillery, the deep blue color and wavy embossing evoke a real sense of place. Made from the finest twine grain calfskin, with custom solid brass latch and hinges, nickel plated, reflective DB5.
The partners are poised to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-driven product initiatives with the goal of bringing fans of the brands, to across a broad spectrum, opportunities to connect with the partnership.
As world-class luxury brands, Bowmore and Aston Martin urge consumers to never drink and drive. The Drink Smart® messaging system will be integrated into all brand activations around the partnership; while the dedicated Drink Smart® platform ensures communication with adults of legal purchasing age to make informed and responsible choices.
Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with an RSP of £ 50,000 GBP.
Black Bowmore 1964 Tasting Notes
On the eye:
Deep obsidian black
Layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel. As time passes on the sweet tobacco smoke,
The aromatic orange peel and rich black cherry are highlighted.
Intense flavors of mango, passion fruit and acacia honey intertwined with a potent combination of coffee and tobacco smoke
A wonderfully long and decadent finish with tropical fruits and spices, defining over 240 years of craftsmanship
Cask Type: Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt
Edition: 27 bottles (25 for sale, 2 for the archives)