The Bowmore ARC-52 brings groundbreaking Aston Martin design to life with a striking decanter that holds the Islay distillery’s precious 52-year old single malt.
The newest Bowmore and Aston Martin collaboration has come to light. But it’s not for the faint-hearted. Unlike the Bowmore Designed by Aston Martin travel retail range, the latest drop falls squarely on the rare and premium luxury end of the spectrum meant for collectors.
Enter the Bowmore ARC-52.
If that sounds like the name of some interstellar spaceship, you’re not that far off. It looks altogether like Aston Martin has applied the design principles it uses for its latest prototype car models to the ARC-52’s decanter, imbuing the bottle – handblown glass, metallic cover, and all – with sleek curves and lines that you can totally imagine on a futuristic starship.
Then again it also looks like the headlamp of a vintage car that’s fallen on its front.
But what’s inside is pure gold. As the name also implies, this is a single malt that’s been aged for a remarkable 52 years. The Bowmore ARC-52 is a marriage of two different cask styles, vatted equally – 50% for an American oak bourbon hogshead, and 50% from a European oak sherry butt.
“ARC–52 sits at the apex of our partnership, truly showing the depth of what we can create collaboratively. We set out to produce something which hasn’t been seen before, capturing our uncompromised design principles and also the magnificence of the whisky. I believe that what we have created is truly a piece of sculpture,” said Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer for Aston Martin. “Taking balance as the most important factor, as we do in designing Aston Martin cars, we’ve harnessed heritage and innovation in perfect balance.”
“For me there is just so much to discover with this whisky as it embodies so much hidden knowledge and even the colour looks like it’s been created by time,” Reichman added.
“A Bowmore as exquisite and complex as this 52 year old is testament to the skills of our distillery team and their commitment to optimising the time spent in cask to create such an incredible spiri With ARC-52 the complexity of this single malt is unquestionable and to achieve such perfect balance not only defines its physical form but unites beautifully in every drop of this stunning whisky,” declared Bowmore’s Master Blender, Ron Welsh.
“Working with Aston Martin remains hugely rewarding and fascinating for me. It continues to inspire and show us a different way of working, with absolute precision, and has allowed us to create what, in my opinion, is the best Bowmore over 50 years old that I’ve ever tasted,” Welsh shared.
A single malt aged for 52 years housed in a decanter designed by Aston Martin? Think of it as a taste of the past out of a stasis chamber from the future.
Just 100 decanters of the Bowmore ARC-52 will be made available in key global markets such as the UK, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Singapore, and China. Just 2 units in Singapore have been allocated to Singapore, and priced at US$89,000 each. Indicate your interest here.
Official Tasting Notes: Bowmore ARC-52
appearance Deep burnished gold.
nose Creamy and fruity with notes of vanilla and custard cream but also peach, pear, kumquat, mandarin, a hint of guava with herbal notes of fresh mint and eucalyptus.
palate Sweet, fruity and citric with flavour of green grapes and peach melba, clementine, lime zest but also nutty notes of almond and hazelnuts, tobacco leaves with a lightly peaty ashy and buttery character.
finish Herbal and medicinal with exotic fruits, praline and butterscotch note.
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