Louisville’s Speed Art Museum on Oct. 15 will host annual bourbon and whisky auction. The event always features rare whiskies, but this year the stakes have been raised with its offering of the Black Bowmore 1964 50-Year-Old, the prized single malt whisky that experts say could fetch up to $80,000.
The Art of Bourbon will be completely online, live and virtual. The auction is free to bid or participate but registration is required at artofbourbon.org
The Black Bowmore 1964 50-Year-Old – The Last Cask – rose to the top of the auction block among the 34 lots.
One of the most rare and sought-after single malt whiskies ever created, the last cask rediscovered of Black Bowmore 1964 spent 50 years maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults, one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses. Only 159 bottles were produced.
Other acclaimed Black Bowmore releases were in 1993 (29 Year Old), 1994 (30 Year Old), 1995 (31 Year Old), 2007 (42 Year Old), and the first collaborative creation between Bowmore and Aston Martin to be released this year: Black Bowmore DB5 1964.
The tale of the 159 bottles of the half-century-old last cask of Black Bowmore goes like this: In 1964, seven first-fill Oloroso sherry hogshead casks were filled to mature in the No. 1 Vaults, where every cask and spirit unites to create a special aging relationship.
In 2002, however, it was discovered that two casks were quickly losing volume to the angel’s share, so they were combined into a single cask. In 2007, 827 bottles of Black Bowmore 42 Year Old from the other casks were released. But the previously married cask was overlooked and was left undisturbed in the coolest, darkest corner of the No. 1 Vaults. This last cask was rediscovered when trawling through the stock ledgers in 2014.
The whisky is presented in a hand-blown bottle created by renowned sculpting studio Glasstorm with cork tops made by Scottish Silver. Each bottle is filled/sealed by hand and encased in a handmade Scottish oak cabinet created by John Galvin Design.
“These rare whiskeys, including the Black Bowmore, can make a huge impact on one of our country’s best art museums,” said Fred Minnick, who is widely considered the world’s leading bourbon authority and serves as an auction advisor. “We have the vintage and rare, and the new and unique. This is an outstanding collection.”
Auction proceeds will support the art institution’s exhibitions, outreach and education initiatives.
Organizers expect this to draw interest from serious bourbon and whisky enthusiasts and connoisseurs from around the nation.
To review all of the offerings and for access to online auction, go to artofbourbon.org
The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum. Its mission is to “invite everyone to celebrate art forever.” It is an independent and encyclopedic museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville.
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