The first in a series of collaborations between Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Beam Suntory) and luxury carmaker Aston Martin, Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is set to hit the market this fall.
The year 1964 is a reference to milestones at both Bowmore and Aston Martin. It was the year Bowmore inaugurated a new boiler, entering the modern age of distilling as steam replaced coal fires in heating the stills. The first distillation from this new heat source produced the spirit that was to become Black Bowmore. For Aston Martin, this period marks the era of the DB5, which launched in 1963.
Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is housed in a glass bottle encased in a genuine Aston Martin D85 piston made of aluminum. The bottle (Glasstorm), with its frosted neck, is etched and infilled with silver, while the piston is engraved and infilled with black detailing.
“The Black Bowmore DB5 bottle was created using traditional glass-making techniques with handmade tools,” a spokesperson for Beam Suntory told Luxe Packaging Insight. “The glass is handblown before being passed to the craftsmen in the cold shop, who turn it using water-fed diamond machinery. Each bottle requires up to one week of production.”
The limited-edition, inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, is presented in a handmade, dark blue coffret (AB Florence) in string-grain calfskin. The box features wave embossing and its custom solid-brass latches and hinges are nickel-plated in a nod to the vintage Aston Martin DB5.
Each of the 25 coffrets are priced at £50,000 (€54,000).
Bowmore and Aston Martin plan to collaborate on further initiatives in the future, including new products and experiences.