Today the oldest of Islay malts is up for sale at Bonhams in Edinburgh.
The bottle of Bowmore 1957 will be auctioned to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland, the Beatson Oncology Centre, Chas children’s hospice services, Erskine and Marie Curie.
The bottle is expected to fetch in the region of £150,000 and is thought to be the oldest islay malt to come to auction.
Bonhams have complied there own tating notes stating “The 54 Year Old Bowmore 1957 is a symphony of aromas and flavours never before experienced. At first breath, an elixir of blueberries and wild figs with mellow almonds, tropical fruit and rich oaky overtones hits the nose, a reminder of those long years spent in the No. 1 Vaults. The palate reveals layer upon layer of sweet and refined ocean tastes with soft blueberries, cassis and figs, sea salt and fresh eucalyptus. Next, a wisp of teasing smoke and traces of dark chocolate fuse with notes of grapefruit and juicy oak, carried along by a warming marine breeze. This sensory journey ends with a long and whispering finish of cassis, bergamot and star anise.”
The bottle is one of only 12. A second bottle will be put to auction on 28th October in New York.
Wow, wouldn’t you like a taste?