Bowmore, the oldest licensed distillery on Scotland’s isle of Islay, has announced the release of Bowmore 1966 50 Year Old, an ultra-aged single malt from a landmark year in Bowmore’s heritage. Only one cask of this remarkable spirit was set aside in 1966, the same year that Bowmore Single Malt Scotch was first officially bottled. Only 74 bottles of this rare whisky have been produced for the world and this December, a portion of those will be available in the U.S.
This is the third edition in the Bowmore 50 Years Old Vault Legends Collection, with a suggested retail price of $30,000 (750ml/41.5% ABV). Bowmore 1961 50 Years Old was introduced in December 2016 in the U.S. and Black Bowmore 1964 50 Years Old was introduced in June 2017 in the U.S., and demand for both has been extraordinary.
David Turner, Bowmore Distillery Manager, commented, “To this day, [then distillery manager] Eddie MacAffer is renowned at the Bowmore distillery for his passion and knowledge, which he so proudly showcased throughout his 50 years at the distillery. I am honored to celebrate such a pivotal year in Bowmore’s history and launch this incredible whisky, which was not only nurtured by Eddie himself but also created the very year Eddie joined us. The Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old demonstrates the rewards of our meticulous aging process and proves the unparalleled quality of the whiskies coming from our passionate and dedicated distillery team. This single malt whisky is set to be treasured among Bowmore fans and will undoubtedly build upon Bowmore’s legendary collectors status.”