A decanter of Bowmore’s oldest whiskies, Bowmore Arc-52: The Mokume Edition, has been auctioned for $279,556. The 52-year-old whisky is housed within a ‘ground-breaking’ vessel designed by luxury British car maker Aston Martin.
Daryl Haldane, global private client director, Beam Suntory, commented: “We are incredibly proud that this auction continues Bowmore’s highly prized single malt status amongst collectors and whisky enthusiasts worldwide, who appreciate its craftsmanship and heritage.”
The concept for this one-of-a-kind edition comes from the Japanese metalworking technique ‘mokume-gane’, which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. The carbon fiber top of the decanter has been created using a unique process that mirrors the mokume texture and mimics a natural aesthetic, similar to wood grain or layered natural rock.
The finish achieved is said to imitate the black rocks in the bay of Loch Indaal, home to the Bowmore Distillery, and the inside of the charred cask where the whisky was aged. The whisky has been crafted from a marriage of some of the oldest Bowmore vintages from the 1960s, described as an ‘iconic era of Bowmore distilling.’
It boasts sweet, fruity, and citric characters, with flavors of green apple, apricot and tangerine that are ‘seamlessly merged’ with the nutty notes of macadamia and walnuts. Meanwhile, aromas of apricots, green apples, orange zest and guava are also present. All proceeds raised from the auction will go towards a dedicated fund to support the community of Islay.
“We are excited to donate the proceeds back to Islay to support vital initiatives for the community providing a positive impact for years to come,” Haldane added.
Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s head of whisky and spirits, North America and EMEA, said: “Bowmore’s Arc-52 Mokume Edition is as much a masterpiece of design as an exclusive whisky. These two legacy British brands have produced something visually spectacular to house a totally unique liquid time capsule.
“Today’s most dedicated collectors aim not only to collect legendary bottles but particularly those unique. The price achieved for the Mokume is a testament to this.”
In addition to the decanter, the winning bidder will also have the opportunity to enjoy an experience at Bowmore Distillery on Islay, experiencing the limited edition Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition, the brand’s first luxury SUV.