Bowmore, the renowned Islay-based distillery founded in 1779 has introduced its most aged whisky to date, the 55-year-old Bowmore STAC. This extraordinary whisky will go under the hammer at the Distiller’s One of One Charity Auction on October 5th, with all proceeds dedicated to supporting underprivileged young adults in Scotland through the Youth Action Fund.
“Bowmore STAC is a significant milestone in showcasing the exceptional aged spirit we have crafted at Bowmore, and a truly proud moment for us all,” Daryl Haldane, global private client director at Bowmore, said in a news release. “For 55 years this rare single malt has been quietly aging, capturing flavour and character more as time has passed. “We are delighted to be able to showcase the craftsmanship of this legendary Scotch whisky and share this masterpiece in support of such an important cause, and also play our part in this landmark coming together of the Scotch whisky industry.”
According to the distillery, this whisky boasts a nose filled with fresh, lively scents of soft orchard fruits and honey, as well as a vibrant combination of tropical pineapple and honeydew melon mingling with pecan nuts and floral honeysuckle, while subtle hints of menthol and minerality emerge. On the palate, it offers a harmonious blend of licorice, cocoa nibs, and dark roasted coffee beans joined by caramel and shortbread, revealing toasted oak spices and a touch of peat smoke, leading to a mouth-warming, extended, and ultimately drying finish.
Distilled in 1962 and aged in second-fill American oak hogsheads, Bowmore STAC 55 Years Old is presented in a 1.5-liter, handblown vessel sculpted to reflect the distinctive sea stack rock formations found around the island’s coast, and is expected to fetch between £300,000 ($380,040) and £500,000 ($633,400) at auction.
Furthermore, a 10-centiliter bottle is provided for the purpose of sampling the product without needing to open the central piece. Any takers? Bid now here.
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