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If you are looking to spoil yourself this Christmas and you have deep pockets then this just may interest you Bowmore has announced the 2nd release of the extremely rare Bowmore 50 Year Old which will be launching on 1st December, just in time to put in your Christmas stocking. Only 50 bottles of the 1961 expression will be released this year, with 200 bottles of this extremely rare whisky being made available globally over a four year period.

Distilled one very cold day in December 1961, the new-make spirit was then carefully filled into two ex-bourbon hogshead casks. After 50 years slowly maturing the result is just 200 bottles of this very rare expression of Bowmore. I haven't tasted the rare malt myself as my pockets are not that deep but Bowmore describe it as having hints of black truffles and tropical fruits reveal the full maturity of Bowmore’s warm, smoky spirit. With a warm, honey gold texture, the bursts of ripe fruit intermingled with black truffles and gentle smoke manifest themselves from the first sip, with an evolving finish of almond cake and caramelised pears interwoven with subtle peat oils.

The one thing I do know about Bowmore is that it is one whisky brand which benefits from time in the cask and they have released some stunning older whiskies in the past which have received very high praise from whisky critics. For any whisky to survive this number of years in the cask is a rarity.

The Bowmore 50 year old 1961 is a rarity with a price tag £16,000, as you would expect from such a rare dram it is presented in the finest packaging, the bottle has been hand-blown by renowned glass sculpting studio Glasstorm, while the neck collars and cork tops of the bottles have been beautifully made by Fattorini Silversmiths. To complete the piece, the bottle will be housed within handmade cabinets which have been crafted in Scottish Elmwood by master carpenter Peter Toaig.

Eddie MacAffer, Bowmore’s Master Distiller, said: "The second release of this 50 year old Bowmore reminds us of yet another wonderful example of the older whiskies that the Distillery has matured in our No. 1 Vaults warehouse, right on the shores of Loch Indaal. This rare whisky was slowly and expertly distilled using the old coal-fired stills used in Bowmore at that time and was then filled into ex-bourbon hogshead casks and carefully stored away in the No 1 Vaults. Those that get to taste the results of all that dedication and care, applied since 1961, should feel extremely privileged."

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