Bowmore Arc-52 Mokume Edition
Online Auction: 12–26 May 2023 • 2:00 PM BST • London

Bowmore Arc-52 Mokume Edition 12–26 May 2023 • 2:00 PM BST • London

B owmore ARC-52: The ‘Mokume Edition’ is Sotheby’s latest partnership with Bowmore Distillery. This unique decanter has been specially designed by Aston Martin and features a one of one 52 year old vintage whisky, never to be repeated.

“Bowmore consistently push boundaries with their design concepts and their whiskies are truly world beating. Partnering with them once again to offer this one-off opportunity to whisky enthusiasts represents an exciting moment for Sotheby’s and the market for rare spirits.”
Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s Head of Whisky & Spirits, North America and EMEA

For this release, Bowmore and Aston Martin have once again united to produce a unique bottle of one of the distillery’s oldest ever whiskies, with the precious spirit housed within a ground-breaking Aston Martin designed decanter.

In 2022, Bowmore and Aston Martin unveiled ARC-52, a striking decanter unlike anything ever seen before. The cutting-edge engineering of Aston Martin and the unfaltering attention to detail and craftsmanship of Bowmore came together to produce only 100 of these futuristic vessels housing a complex, exceptionally rare 52-year-old single malt.

The concept for this one of one Edition takes its name from the Japanese metalworking technique ‘Mokume-Gane’ which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. The carbon fibre top of the decanter has been created using a unique process which mirrors the mokume texture and mimics a natural aesthetic, much like wood grain or layered natural rock.

“As makers of bespoke and beautiful objects, proportion, shape, and form, along with careful selection of colours and materials, are incredibly important to us at Aston Martin. We think the vessel containing this magnificent whiskey reflects the rarity and distinctiveness of the precious spirit found inside.”
Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin

The finish achieved can be said to imitate both the black rocks in the bay of Loch Indaal, home to the Bowmore Distillery, and also the inside of the charred cask where special 52 year old whisky was aged. A truly multi-dimensional single malt, this masterpiece has been crafted from a spectacular marriage of some of the oldest Bowmore vintages from the 1960s, an iconic era of Bowmore distilling.

The winning bidder will also have an opportunity to enjoy an experience at Bowmore Distillery and on Islay, experiencing the limited-edition Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition, the brand’s first luxury SUV. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to a long-term, dedicated fund to support the people of Islay across a range of vital initiatives with the key goal of supporting and futureproof Islay’s distilling industry for tomorrow by investing in today.

“By creating this unique Mokume edition, we can also fulfil our ambition to ‘give back’ to our homeplace through The Bowmore Legacy, by offering collectors and Bowmore lovers something truly special and desirable.  As one of my last projects for Bowmore, this one is exceptionally close to my heart and is the perfect climax to an incredibly rewarding and exciting career.”
Ron Welsh, Master Blender, Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore Arc-52 Mokume Edition

Cask Types: European oak Sherry seasoned and American oak Hogshead

Vintages: 1962 + 1968

Age: 52 Years Old

ABV: 43.5%

Tasting notes

COLOUR: Deep burnished gold

NOSE: Fresh and fruity notes with a nod to the rich sweetness of Creme Brulé, sees the emergence aromas of apricots, green apples, orange zest and guava. Herbal notes of fresh menthol, eucalyptus and liquorice root provide a contrasting yet balanced character.

PALATE: Honey sweet, fruity, and citric characters from flavours of green apple, apricot and tangerine are seamlessly merged with the nutty notes of macadamia and walnuts. Oaky notes unite with light peat for a mouth warming delight.

FINISH: Long and mouth drying with a touch of marine minerality.

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