Aston Martin and Bowmore mark a special year with a special bottle of single malt.
Aston Martin is known for building beautiful cars that age gracefully and its current models are no different. The Vantage is absolutely stunning, and although the Valkyrie is the car we're most interested in, the DBX is one of the prettiest luxury SUVs out there too. That close affinity with beautiful design has its roots in the iconic DB5, a car that Aston is now linking with Bowmore, a Scottish single malt whisky manufacturer of the highest order. Celebrating the year of the DB5's release and the creation of a new whisky is a joint collaboration that is truly special and will be limited to just 25 bottles.
1964 is the year in question, and for Bowmore, it was the year that the 240-year-old distillery moved from coal fires to steam for heating its stills. This culminated in a special single malt called Black Bowmore, a spirit so rich and decadent that only around 6,000 bottles have ever been made available. This sixth release is, therefore, something special, and as such, each unit comes in a special bottle - featuring a genuine DB5 piston - handcrafted by Glasstorm, a 50-year-old bespoke contemporary glass studio from North East Scotland.
1964 was also the year that the greatest Bond car ever came to life. Speaking of the connection between Bowmore, Aston, and 1964, AM's executive vice president and CCO, Marek Reichman, says, "This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our star-studded history by combining the unrivaled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavors of this world-renowned single malt."
The special whisky that this collaboration has created will naturally be highly sought after by collectors and aficionados, but what will it cost? When the Black Bowmore DB5 1964 releases in late Autumn, each bottle will have a recommended selling price of £50,000, or around $65,962. With Aston in a bit of a financial pickle at the moment, any new way of increasing revenue, especially without the reallocation of existing resources, is a good one. Whether Aston survives or not, this whisky's string-grain calfskin box, solid brass latch and nickel-plated hinges will be a stunning reminder of Aston's association with objects of beauty and excellence.