Bowmore Onyx – 51 Years Old (1970) - Distillers ‘One Of One’ Auction

12 Apr 2023

In 2021, the Bowmore Onyx was auctioned off at the inaugural Distillers' One of One auction. The Distillers' One of One showcases some of the rarest and most unique spirits in the world, and the Bowmore Onyx did not disappoint.



The world-renowned Bowmore Distillery is located on the Scottish island of Islay and sits on the shores of Loch Indaal. Established in 1779, it is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland (it’s the oldest in Islay) and has become known for its exceptional range of peated single malt whiskies that reflect the unique terroir of Islay. Today, Bowmore continues to produce exceptional whiskies that are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The liquid was first filled in 1970 and matured in an American Oak refill barrel. It was then nurtured in the Bowmore No.1 Vaults in the damp cellars below sea level. It was the first 51 Year Old to ever be released by Bowmore and the rare expression contained 1.4 litres of ultra-fine whisky housed in a hand-blown glass vessel.

The creation of the one-off glass structure is a masterpiece which celebrates Islay (taking direct inspiration from the striking rock formations of Islay) and is the first structure of this size and style ever to house Bowmore. Handblown using highly skilled and creative techniques from the expert team at Glasstorm, who previously crafted the exclusive Bowmore 1957, and the stunning Black Bowmore DB5 1964.

The Bowmore Onyx was auctioned off for an impressive US$532,000*, reflecting its rarity and exceptional quality, and making it one of the highest-priced whiskies ever sold at the event.

Proceeds from The Distillers One of One auction will benefit The Youth Action Fund, which has been created by The Distillers’ Charity focusing on supporting disadvantaged young people in Scotland, transforming their life chances and empowering them to create positive change in their lives and communities.

 *Final price includes buyer’s premium of 25% of the hammer price (£320,000/US$425,870)

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