- Published on Monday, 24 December 2012 10:30
- Written by Carol Emmas
Islay Single Malt whisky, Bowmore has sold the No. 1 bottle of its oldest ever expression, the Bowmore 1957 for £100,000 at its distillery on Islay.
This bottle is not only the oldest whisky the distillery has ever released, at 54-years-old, it is also the oldest Islay Single Malt ever released. It was sold to a US buyer who wishes to remain anonymous.
As promised owners Morrison Bowmore Distillers, will donate all net proceeds to five Scottish charities: Alzheimer Scotland, The Beatson Oncology Centre, Chas (children's hospice services); Erskine (medical care for Armed Forces); and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Distilled in 1957 and bottled in 2011, it has been maturing in the finest oak in Bowmore's No. 1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland. Only 12 bottles exist in the world, two of which are kept in the Morrison Bowmore archives and nine now remain for sale at the Bowmore Distillery.
Mike Keiller, Morrison Bowmore Distillers chief executive officer, said: "We are delighted to have sold bottle No. 1 of our Bowmore 1957 just before Christmas allowing us to keep our promise to donate all the net proceeds to charity as our gift to those in need in Scotland."