Thursday, August 06, 2020


Beam Suntory, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition Black Bowmore bottling, in collaboration with Aston Martin.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 (49.6% ABV) is a 31 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a Williams & Humbert Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry butt.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964

Limited to just 25 bottles, this latest release from the Islay based distillery, brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, in a celebration of time; a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin.

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore.

For Aston Martin, this was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 to considerable acclaim, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely regarded as ‘the most famous car in the world’, not least by virtue of its links to the world’s most celebrated secret agent in 1964.

First distilled on 5 November 1964, over the years Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this single malt. Since 1993, only around six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore have been made available.

Commenting on the news, David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore, said: “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.”

Black Bowmore DB5 1964, which comes in a bottle handcrafted by Glasstorm, and presented in a box inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, will be available select specialist retailers in the autumn, for a RRP of £50,000.

Posted by Steve Rush