In Spring 2021, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will offer a rare opportunity to acquire the complete Black Bowmore single malt whisky collection direct from the Bowmore distillery. The Black Bowmore ‘Archive Cabinet’, which includes five archive bottles of Black Bowmore, spanning 1993 to 2016, presented in a unique bespoke piece of furniture created by award-winning craftsman John Galvin, has a pre-sale estimate of HK$4,000,000 ($500,000). The winning bidder will travel to the Bowmore distillery for a tasting of Bowmore’s rarest and oldest single malts, with proceeds from the sale donated to an Islay charity, further details to be revealed in due course.
Distilled in 1964, Black Bowmore single malt whisky was filled into oak casks previously used for maturing sweet Oloroso sherry and transferred to the No. 1 vaults at Scotland’s oldest maturation warehouse. Generations of skilled distillery men oversaw the casks maturing in their secret location. Black Bowmore was initially released in 1993 as a 29-year-old, with further releases of a 30-year-old and 31 year old over the following two years. It appeared as part of a trilogy in 2007 (42 year old), and finally in 2016 as “the last cask” (50 year old). Initially sold for £100, “Bowmore Black” became one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world for its tropical fruit flavor.
Award-winning craftsman John Galvin created the Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet, which will house the complete whisky collection, spanning 1993 to 2016. The one-of-a-kind handcrafted archive cabinet is crafted using authentic items and materials from the Bowmore distillery. An original Bowmore Spirits safe was used in its construction.
The bottles are placed inside on handblown glass pillars, each in varying heights corresponding to the age of the whiskies. The front of the pillars is highly polished, to create a vertical window to the inside of each pillar that reveals bubbles running vertically. Capturing the passage of time, the bubbles at the bottom are crystal clear to represent the newly made spirit slowly changing color from yellow, dark red-brown, and finally black.
After the exterior of the cabinet had been carved to mimic patterns in sand created by the movement of water rushing out to sea at low tide, an ancient Japanese technique was used to char its surface to resemble the inside of a cask. The drawers of the cabinet are constructed from the original pine wash back staves and brass whisky safe sourced from the distillery. This unique lot will also include a one-off book that details the journey of Black Bowmore over its five releases and the creation of the cabinet.
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