Spirits

Aston Martin, Bowmore collaborate on a pricey, limited edition whisky with a piston in it

The new collaboration brings together two legendary brands.

Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

Drinking and driving do not mix, it Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the Aston Martin brand do. The two parties have co-created Black Bowmore DB5 1964, a beverage that quite literally brings together a whisky and a legendary car in bottle. Every container has the single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

The handcrafted bottles hold a spirit named after a significant year in Bowmore's 240-year history. According to the company, “The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness."

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 The glass bottles each take one week to craft.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda

Black Brownmore was first distilled on November 5, 1964 and has become one of the most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This pairing with Aston Martin represents just its sixth bottling. Since 1993, around 6,000 bottles of Black Brownmore have been made available. Just 25 bottles of the 27 produced during this bottling will be sold.

"1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery," said David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore. “Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way."

The 60s were equally as important for Aston Martin. It was one year before the new boiler was installed that the DB5 debuted. It has been continuously rated as one of Britain's best classic cars, and gained notoriety as the model James Bond drove in several films starring Sean Connery.

Over the years, demand for the DB5 has remained high. So high, in fact, that Aston Martin is producing a run of DB5 Continuation Cars that are exact duplicates of the original, with a few Bond enhancements.

The Black Bowmore DB5 bottle is handcrafted by Glasstrom in a bespoke glass studio in Northeast Scotland. Each bottle takes one week to complete.

The bottle is filled with the whisky, which has the aroma of layers of ripe exotic fruits and creme caramel at first, followed by soft tobacco smoke, aromatic orange peel, and rich black cherry. The whisky features intense flavors of mango, passion fruit, and acacia honey interwoven with a combination of coffee and tobacco smoke. The spice and flavors of the fruit stay on the palate.

The whisky was aged in a Williams & Humber Walnut Brown Oloroso Sherry Butt cask. The 1964 vintage is 31 years old and is 48.6 percent ABV.

In addition to the glass bottle,. Black Brownmore DB5 1964 comes in a handmade presentation box featuring a deep blue color and wave embossing, crafted from string-grain calfskin and featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges plated with nickel.

This whisky marks the first in what is set to be a series of collaborative products between the two companies. In a partnership set to last years, the products will range from design-led product indicatives to “exceptional experiences".

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with a price of £50,000.

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Special edition Land Rover

Special Land Rover Defender stars in new James Bond film

The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

Land Rover

James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition You'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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