With a year since the release of Black Bowmore 50 Year Old, The Last Cask Rediscovered, we are looking back on one of the most exclusive projects we have worked on to date.
The story goes like this: Black Bowmore was first laid to mature in 1964 and released four times through the years, in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2007. Three years later it was discovered that two of the casks were losing amber so they were combined. The cask was then completely overlooked until it was rediscovered in 2014.
When Bowmore approached us to create the packaging for this 50-year-old spirit we jumped at the chance. There were only 159 bottles in existence which retailed at £16,000 each. We created the concept and design, working with master craftsmen John Galvin Design and Glasstorm to develop premium packaging of a quality in keeping with this truly unique whisky.
We presented each of the 159 hand-blown bottles in a cabinet made from bespoke Scottish oak, all hand-carved with a tree circle pattern to reflect the life of the carefully selected cask, with the year of previous Black Bowmore releases inlaid in solid silver.
The product was launched in late October 2016 at an exclusive dinner within Bowmore’s 18th Century No.1 Vaults, the source of some of the worlds most coveted whiskies. Originally retailing at £16,000, every bottle of Black Bowmore has been sold, with a bottle recently selling at auction for £22,000. Not a bad return in under a year! Over the years this series has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created.
Albert Baladi, President, International, Beam Suntory said: “Congratulations, the work on Bowmore is world-class!”