Bowmore and Aston Martin: Black Bowmore unveiled as result of first collaboration

A whisky from 1964, an important year for both brands


The Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is the result of the first collaboration between the Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is an edition that pays tribute to the legendary Black Bowmore as well as the no less outstanding Aston Martin DB5: Only 25 bottles will be available worldwide from autumn 2020. The price is set to be £15,000 each bottle.

A boiler and 007

The cooperation between Bowmore and Aston Martin was announced in November 2019 (we reported). No concrete projects were named at the time, but the statement made by Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda already gave an outview that no generally affordable bottlings could be expected: “This series of limited-edition bottlings are going to be very special collectors’ items for the whisky connoisseur and Aston Martin enthusiast.”

With the Black Bowmore DB5 1964, both brands want to honor an important milestone in their history, each set in 1964. For the Bowmore Distillery it was the change from heating the stills with coal to heating with steam, for Aston Martin it was the achievement of the cult status of their Aston Martin DB5 by appearing in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger".

A post-final edition of the Black Bowmore

The Black Bowmore was produced from the first New Make, which run out of the stills in 1964 after installing the first steam boiler and ending the aera of coal fired distillation. Bowmore’s distillery manager David Turner said: “1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.”

So far there have been five editions of this single malt, which is highly sought after by collectors. When the fifth and (so far) last Black Bowmore was released in 2016, it was announced by Beam Suntory as the final edition of the Black Bowmore - with the Black Bowmore DB5 1964, they obviously follow James Bond’s advice "Never say never again".

Probably the most famous car in the world

A larger displacement, an exciting design - when Aston Martin presented the DB5 in 1963, the company set new standards for luxury sports cars. The accolade through its use as the 007 car in 1964 brought the car world fame and cult status. Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, says: “This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our star-studded history by combining the unrivalled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavours of this world-renowned single malt.”

A noble whisky needs a noble design and so the Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in handcrafted bottles, made by the Scottish glass manufacturer Glasstorm. These bottles are encased in handcrafted deep blue boxes made of string-grain calfskin with hinges and closures made of nickel-coated brass. This first joint project by Bowmore and Aston Martin will be followed by more in the coming months and years, " ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives," the press release promises.

Image: Beam Suntory