The bottle which just sold is the first of only 12 to be created. As one would expect of a $160,000 whisky, the bottle itself is something quite special. Bowmore commissioned two of the world’s foremost glass artisans, Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns, to create a handblown and sculpted decanter in homage to the waves that crash against the walls of the No. 1 Vaults. The glass is inlaid with flecks of platinum and each decanter has a platinum neck collar hand-engraved with the bottle number and spirit strength, and a platinum stopper hand-crafted by Hamilton & Inches, the Scottish jeweler which holds a Royal Warrant from the Queen of England.
The decanter comes in a box of Scottish oak handcrafted by renowned woodworker Peter Toaig, along with a set of glasses and a water pitcher also hand-blown by Nairn and Burns. The original plan had been to auction off the precious bottle last fall, but the distillery decided not to accept the high bid of $143,000. Of the other 11 bottles to be created, two will be kept in the Morrison Bowmore archives and nine more will be sold at the Bowmore Distillery, which is also offering a Bowmore 1964 Fino at $13,500.