Illustrator Frank Quitely ‘inks’ up with Bowmore in unique collaboration

By Charlotte Turner |

Bowmore has unveiled two new whiskies in the first release of Bowmore No Corners to Hide; a collaboration with acclaimed graphic artist Frank Quitely, who has illustrated for Marvel and DC Comics, and Bowmore’s Master Blender Ron Welsh.


The limited-edition series features two single malts, 23-Year-Old and 32-Year-Old, which are exclusively available in select Global Travel Retail outlets including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Vienna, Dubai, Singapore and Taiwan.


Inspired by myths and legends from the remote island of Islay, home of the Bowmore Distillery for over 240 years, each bottle in the collaboration features exclusive designs and artwork from Frank Quitely.


“The illustrations showcase Islay’s far-reaching history and rich stories of a bygone era, and embody the artistic expression of Bowmore’s style,” said the brand.




“The exceptional 23-Year-Old captures a whisky character inspired by the legendary story of No Corners to Hide.


“The spirit was nurtured in ex-bourbon American oak hogsheads to create the signature style of Bowmore. Two years of further maturation followed in Essencia barriques to create a distinctive and powerful character conjuring up a sensory exploration of this mythical tale.”


The 32-Year-Old is said to ‘capture a moment in time’; a story as captivating as the myth it celebrates, said Bowmore.


“An initial 30 years of maturation in ex-bourbon American oak hogsheads reflects a timely occupation in cask, much like the devil’s own alleged escape.


“This was followed by two further years in Essencia barriques to bring an unusually distinctive character to the fore, again combining beeswax, incense and struck match.”



Ron Welsh, Master Blender, said: “Much like the devil, both aged spirits took their own particularly unusual defining journey in Essencia barriques, a peculiarly rare ‘Rose Oak’ dating back to the 1830s.


“The tasting notes reflect the notes from the story and in each sip transports you to that cold winter’s night.”


Manuel González, Marketing Director GTR for Beam Suntory, said: “Bowmore has a rich history filled with myths and legends, and we’re delighted to partner with the award-winning Frank Quitely to bring these tales to life.


“Possessing a proven track record of producing collectible artwork with both Marvel and DC, the Frank Quitely Collection is our latest exciting collaboration to offer luxury limited-editions to our customers.”


Frank Quitely, acclaimed contemporary illustrator, said: “To get the call from Bowmore, a legendary icon in the world of whisky, was offering me the opportunity of retelling the Islay Legend No Corners to Hide was hugely exciting.


“And to do this in a single image would prove massively challenging but taking inspiration in the Devil himself, it’s all in the detail.”


The 23-Year-Old and 32-Year-Old single malts are the first release in the collaboration ‘which will see a number of stories come to life over the coming years, regaling tales from Bowmore’s legendary past’, revealed Bowmore.


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