Whisky Focus - Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 Final Release

Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 Final Release

10th January 2017

The final batch of Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 release marks the beginning of the new annual "Bowmore 50 Year Old Collection Series".

Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 Final Release

Bowmore has released the last 50 bottles of its rare Bowmore 50 Year Old !961. Released in batches of 50 bottles over the past 4 years and even with an RRP of £16,000/ US £23,000 each batch of the rare 50 year old has sold out rather quickly and I expect this final batch will not sit on the shelves for long.

Distilled one very cold day in December 1961, the new-make spirit was then carefully filled into two ex-bourbon hogshead casks. After 50 years slowly maturing the result is just 200 bottles of this very rare expression of Bowmore. I haven't tasted the rare malt myself as my pockets are not that deep but Bowmore describe it as having hints of black truffles and tropical fruits reveal the full maturity of Bowmore’s warm, smoky spirit. With a warm, honey gold texture, the bursts of ripe fruit intermingled with black truffles and gentle smoke manifest themselves from the first sip, with an evolving finish of almond cake and caramelised pears interwoven with subtle peat oils.

The final bottles of Bowmore 1961 50 Year Old will forever be known as the last of their batch, but will also be the first of a six-part Bowmore 50 Year Old Collection Series which was distilled in the 1960's. Released annually beginning this year, the Bowmore Distillery will issue a 50 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch vintage, both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Rachel Barrie, Bowmore Master Blender, says of the 50 Year Old Collection Series, "There are very few distilleries with the good fortune to be situated in just the right place on earth to be able to make one of the most exceptional and sought after whiskies in the world. Bowmore is one of those places. With pride, we distill our spirit and lay it to rest in the No. 1 Vaults, knowing that we can nurture it and wait for it to mature for 20, 30 and certainly even 50 years. This is what we have in the 50 Year Old Collection Series. Each year, I'll be looking into the hidden depths of the No. 1 Vaults and revealing a heady liquid gem from the 1960s, certain to make collectors worldwide swoon."

Bowmore 1961 50 Year Old is presented at 40.7% ABV and the final bottles will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt and in the U.S. as of the end of December 2016.

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