Bowmore and Aston Martin announce Bowmore ARC-52 launch

Only 100 bottles are to be made available...
A vessel of ARC-52
A vessel of ARC-52
Bowmore and Aston Martin have partnered to unveil their latest collaboration – ARC-52, said to be a combination of the old with one of the oldest whiskies released by the distillery, and the new with its futuristic vessel design.

The producer has described the dram as having nose notes of vanilla and custard cream, a sweet fruity and citric taste with flavour of green grapes and peach melba, concluded with a herbal and medicinal finish.

Only 100 bottles are going to be available of the 52-year-old, with the ABV at 42.3% and matured in both European sherry butt casks and ex-Bourbon American Oak Hogshead casks. Of those 100 bottles available, 50 will go on sale later this Summer, while the other 50 will be made available to purchase from early 2023, in order to ensure high quality and craftsmanship for each vessel. Availability will include UK, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Canada, China, Singapore and Globel Travel Retail at an RSP of £65,000.

Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin said: “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. 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, even the colour looks like it’s been created by time.”

This is the first of a new series, with the aim to make the bottle visually striking and intriguing to customers. Aston Martin have designed the whisky vessel, which merges natural and man-made contours, from 3D printing to hand crafted clay modelling.

Bowmore’s Master Blender Ron Welsh said: “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 spirit. 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. 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.”