A rare 30-year-old bottle of Black Bowmore single malt has been sold for a record £11,900 ($16,820) at auction. This is the second release of three, all distilled in 1964 and matured within single Oloroso sherry casks before being bottled in the mid-nineties.
‘We were expecting some high bids for this incredible whisky,’ said Sean McGlone, director of Whisky Auctioneer. ‘We hoped it would exceed expectations and break all previous records. It just goes to show how iconic this expression has become among whisky collectors and aficionados the world over.’
An icon of the whisky world, it’s hard to fathom where whisky collecting would be today without the Black Bowmore.
The Black Bowmore not just a whisky but a true artefact from the history of the spirit, representing a turning point for single malts. Appearing at a zenith in the popularity of sherry-casked whisky, which was for the first time creating a fashionable buzz around single malt whiskies, seeing it replace cognac as the after dinner drink of choice at banqueting tables, and customers now willing to pay the heady sum of £120 for a bottle.
We may look back and scoff at this now but this was a princely fee back in the early 90’s when the Black Bowmore was first stocked by Oddbins in the UK.
Other notable sales from the auction house last month included a Laphroaig 1980 27 Year Old for £3,000 ($4,240), and a Clynelish 1973 Single Cask 41 Year Old, auctioned for £6,100 ($8,620).