These limited edition Bowmore single malts feature artwork by a famous comic book artist

Bowmore is no stranger to premium single malt Scotch whiskey collaborations, as evidenced by the Islay Distillery’s ongoing partnership with luxury partner Aston Martin. But for this new pair of decades-old retail-exclusive whiskeys, Bowmore has teamed up with Scottish graphic and comic book artist Frank Quitely.

Quitely, real name Vincent Patrick Deighan, is known for working on Marvel and DC titles like New X-Men and batman and robinand others including Jupiter’s Legacy. This is the second time he has worked with Bowmore, the first being last year’s No Corners to Hide, which was a 23 and 32 year old whiskey duo featuring his works on bottles and boxes. The Changeling is the newest entry in the Frank Quitely collection, meant to evoke Islay folklore through taste and design. “Continuing to tell these incredible stories through such awe-inspiring and special whiskeys is both hugely exciting and rewarding for me,” Quitely said in a statement. “We started from a different place this time, with a very different narrative to bring to life, but I had to make sure it was an evolution from No Corners to Hide. The whiskeys themselves are captivating and it is essential for me to do them justice in my work.

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Each whiskey in the pair, a 22-year-old and 33-year-old single malt, was first aged in American oak barrels before being refined in different types of port casks. The 22 was aged for 20 years, then put in white port casks for another two years, and the 33 was aged for 31.5 years, then put in fawn port casks for its final year and a half. “Taking this story of transformation as inspiration, we’ve brought together different maturing styles to shape the character of each of these exquisite expressions,” Bowmore master blender Ron Welsh said in a press release. “Choosing Port casks to add a distinct dimension to their character is an intentional and vital part of the creative process. With history firmly in mind, the whiskey tells its own story, defined by intriguing flavors and aromas that bring the story to life and immerse the senses.

There are 6,667 bottles of 22 (SRP $440) and only 667 bottles of 33 (SRP $3,300). In order to try these whiskeys, you will need to visit travel shops in Paris, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dubai, Singapore, Taipei, London Heathrow and New York, as well as some shops on Hainan Island. It’s almost worth booking a trip abroad for whiskey lovers.

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