In a tie-in that would make James Bond proud, Bowmore has launched Bowmore Masters’ Selection, a single malt whisky made in collaboration with Aston Martin.
This new Scotch finds inspiration in the focus on the “Golden Ratio” — the mathematical ratio found in nature that creates aesthetically pleasing compositions — of the luxury car producer.
“Proportionality defines every precise detail of designing an Aston Martin. We are constantly striving to achieve the Golden Ratio, the optimal of proportions,” says Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman. “And it is this force which guides the creation of absolute beauty. To achieve this, we must combine our skill, passion and experience.”
For Bowmore, proportions define character and shape flavor combinations, the company says, from cask selection and age to blending.
“For the first time with this whisky, we have adopted the Golden Ratio to inspire each of the elements bringing their own unique flavors and selecting the optimal casks to forge the desired character, taking inspiration from Marek and his team,” says Bowmore Master Whisky Blender Ron Welsh. “What seems totally contrasting is, in fact, perfectly balanced and proportionate. Working with Marek has given me a new lens from which to explore whisky making. This whisky serves as a celebration of our unified knowledge and experience; our shared passions, values and ideas.”
Taking inspiration from an engineered approach, this whisky incorporates the proportion of 61.8% formed from a base of 21 year old Bowmore matured in first fill Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. The remaining parts are made up of exact ratios of each other, in line with the Golden Ratio theory, and include Bowmore matured for more than 35 years.
The nose is sweet and nutty, with notes of Manuka honey and maple syrup with praline and grilled hazelnuts, the company reports, plus aromas of freshly tanned leather, cigar tobacco, licorice roots, dried thyme and heather blossom. The palate brings sherry with raw Islay peat, bitter dark chocolate, black pepper, butterscotch sauce, plus vanilla and coffee beans and a fruity flair defined by Morello cherries and a touch of papaya. The finish is oak spices, chestnut cream and coconut.
Bowmore Masters’ Selection is 51.8% ABV. It launches in January 2022 for a suggested retail price of $400 per 750-ml. bottle.