Would Bond, James Bond open a $65,000 bottle of single malt?

Aston Martin partners with Bowmore for piston-shod bottle of scotch whisky

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Only 25 bottles of Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be offered, complete in a presentation case for around $65,000 each | Aston Martin photos

Bond, James Bond, preferred his martini, and a vodka martini at that, shaken, not stirred. But it isn’t vodka or gin that comes in the piston-wrapped bottle produced by a collaboration between Aston Martin and Bowmore Islay. 

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a single malt scotch whisky which “brings together “an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston,” according to the new partnership’s announcement.

Bottle is wrapped with a real Aston Martin piston

“With only 25 bottles for sale, this exceptionally rare Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a celebration of time; a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin,” the partners continue. “It is also a celebration of shared values and passions; showcasing great innovation and invention.”

The announcement continues, “For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.”

The collaboration with Aston Martin marks only the sixth bottling of this single malt.

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The year 1964 also was important for Aston Martin as that was the model year of the DB5, made famous by the British secret agent.

The Black Bowmore DB5 bottles are handcrafted in North East Scotland by Glasstorm and are presented as works of art inside a presentation case.

“Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue color and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5.”

The Black Bowmore DB5 is the first in a series of projects the partners plan. The 25 bottles will be available in late autumn 2020 with a retail price of £50,000 ($65,640) each.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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