Bowmore Pledges Its Oldest Ever Whisky to Major Charity Auction

| September 14, 2023

Bowmore recently unveiled its oldest ever release, the 55 year old Bowmore STAC, which will be auctioned at the Distiller’s One of One Charity Auction on October 5th, raising vital funds to help disadvantaged young adults in Scotland through the Youth Action Fund.

With an estimated value of between  £300,000 – £500,000, Bowmore STAC 55 Years Old is presented in a g 1.5 litre vessel, hand-blown and sculpted to create this unusual shape. Bowmore STAC pays homage to Islay, taking inspiration from the island’s distinctive sea stacks, the rock formations found around Islay’s coast, and is crafted in high grade glass.

Distilled in 1962, this single malt has been aged in second-filled American oak hogsheads within the No.1 Vaults. Official tasting notes from Bowmore make mention of “tawny hues opening with fresh, vibrant aromas full of soft orchard fruits and honey. Vibrantly capturing the tropical flair of  fresh pineapple and honeydew melon merging with pecan nuts and floral honeysuckle before notes of subtle menthol and minerality arise as the glass approaches the lips.

Bowmore STAC

Bowmore recently unveiled its oldest ever release, the 55 year old Bowmore STAC, which will be auctioned at the Distiller’s One of One Charity Auction on October 5th, raising vital funds to help disadvantaged young adults in Scotland through the Youth Action Fund. (image via Bowmore)

“This sensory immersion continues on the palate as liquorice, cocoa nibs and dark roasted coffee beans unite with caramel and shortbread to reveal toasted oak spices and peat smoke and onward to a mouth warming and conclusive long drying finish.”

“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,” said Daryl Haldane, Global Private Client Director at Bowmore, in a prepared statement. “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.”

Proceeds from The Distillers One of One auction will benefit The Youth Action Fund, which has been created by The Distillers’ Charity to  support disadvantaged young adults in Scotland, empowering them to create positive change in their lives and communities. Working with charity partners who offer education and vocational training programmes, including distillation training, the fund will provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, discover their values and be work-ready.

Bowmore STAC will be auctioned along other whiskies and experiences at the Distillers One of One auction by Sotheby’s on the 5th October at Hopetoun House. This is the second donation to the Scotch whisky industry’s collective charitable efforts following on from the successful sale of Bowmore Onyx 51 Year Old for £400,000 at the inaugural auction in 2021.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...