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Bowmore’s Limited Edition 50 Year Old: Time in a Bottle

$35,000. That’s what it will cost you to purchase a bottle of the incredibly rare and highly collectible Bowmore 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky that just arrived in Ontario.

How many bottles are left? The LCBO has one.

True aficionados and high end restaurants may not need to justify the investment, which most Canadians would see as akin to purchasing a new car or putting a down payment on a condominium. For the ardent, the opportunity to purchase one of these rare bottles is a priceless opportunity to experience history.

Islay (pronounced: eye-la), arguably Scotland’s most renowned Scotch Whisky region, has been home to the Bowmore distillery since 1779. For over 235 years, Bowmore has produced some of the world’s most distinctive and finely balanced scotches ever made.  

Distilled one very cold day on Islay in December 1961 and laid down in two ex-bourbon hogshead casks, Bowmore 50 Year Old has spent half a century maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults.

Each bottle has been hand-blown by renowned glass artist GLASSTORM, while the display cabinet has been handcrafted with patience and skill by acclaimed wood-smith Peter Toaig. A solid silver neck collar and stopper are fashioned by sixth generation silversmith Thomas Fattorini. The craftsmanship creates a perpetual calendar that allows you to look 50 years into the future.

Tasting notes:

· Colour: Warm honey gold.

· Nose: Sweet almond frangipane in coconut milk, the fruitiness of apricots and crystallized orange, together with hints of black truffles and tea tree oil.

· Palate: Bursts of rip fruit – figs, fleshy papaya, pomegranate and pineapple – intermingled with black truffles and gentle smoke.

· Finish: The evolving finish of almond cake and caramelized pears interwoven with subtle peat oils.

Inevitably, the time has come for you to make a choice: the Bowmore 50 Year Old or that new sedan? You’d better decide quickly. Once these bottles are gone, so is the opportunity to experience that special day on Islay in December 1961.

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