Scotch By Nino Marchetti / December 7, 2018 Bowmore is considered a higher end Scotch whisky distillery that’s owned by Beam-Suntory. Founded in 1779, it is noted for being the oldest licensed distillery in the Islay region of Scotland. Its legendary No. 1 Vaults are where some of its oldest whiskies are stored in cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, and it is from here its newest super luxury bottling has emerged. The Bowmore 1965, according to those behind it, was one of the first to pass through Bowmore’s then-new steam heated stills in 1965, benefitting from smoother heating and greater control. It was then laid to rest for 52 years in the No. 1 Vaults, emerging in 2018 as a 42% ABV expression with a $30,000 price tag. It joins the distillery’s 50 Year Old Vaults Series, of which previous releases have included 1966 50 Year Old (released November 2017); Black Bowmore 1964 50 Year Old (released June 2017); and Bowmore 1961 50 Year Old (released December 2016). Bowmore 1965 (image via Beam-Suntory) “Bowmore 1965 demonstrates the rewards of our meticulous aging process and showcases the quality of whiskies coming from our passionate and dedicated distillery team,” said David Turner, Bowmore Distillery Manager, in a prepared statement. “The 1965 expression comes from a golden era of distillation and adds another fine single malt to the Bowmore portfolio. The latest addition in our 50 year old Vaults series is sure to obtain legendary status among collectors and whisky enthusiasts.” Plans call for just 232 bottles of this 52 year old Scotch to be released. It is presented in a hand-blown glass bottle boasting sterling silver adornments and is housed in a hand-crafted cabinet made from Scottish oak. You’ll find some limited official tasting notes below for your consideration. On the nose, Bowmore 1965 offers elegant bursts of fragrant fruits, sweet bees wax and intense dark chocolate, developing into burnt heather and a fresh spring flower finish. Perfectly balanced with a touch of jasmine, dried fruit and apricots, this single malt is best savored neat.