Bowmore has unveiled its highly aged submission for the 2023 Distillers One of One charity auction.
The Bowmore STAC is a 55-year-old single malt whisky from the Islay distillery which is presented in a hand-blown and sculpted 1.5-litre vessel, produced from high-grade glass. The striking design of the container has been inspired by the sea stacks around Islay's coast.
The whisky itself was distilled in 1962, fabled as one of Bowmore's best decades, and has been matured in second-fill American oak hogsheads in the distillery's No.1 Vaults.
Bowmore STAC is expected to be one of the most expensive lots at the auction, with the estimate set at £300,000–£500,000. It follows the £400,000 hammer price achieved for its lot at the inaugural Distillers One of One auction in 2021, the Bowmore Onyx 51 Years Old.
Daryl Haldane, Bowmore's global private client director, said: “Bowmore STAC is a significant milestone in showcasing the exceptional aged spirit we have crafted at Bowmore, and a truly proud moment for us all. For 55 years this rare single malt has been quietly ageing, capturing flavour and character more as time has passed.
“We are delighted to be able to showcase the craftsmanship of this legendary Scotch whisky and share this masterpiece in support of such an important cause, and also play our part in this landmark coming together of the Scotch whisky industry.”
The Distillers One of One 2023 charity auction (the second in a planned run of three) is being held on Thursday 5 October at Hopetoun House and will be raising money for youth charities in Scotland via the Distillers' Charity, the philanthropic arm of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.
Scotch whisky companies that donated one-of-a-kind liquids or experiences to this year's auction include the Glen Grant, Aberfeldy, and Royal Salute.