When it comes to single malts – and this time of year it often does – our position is, the smokier the better.

Meaning plenty of peat, pal.

Beyond that, the older the better as well – the more the mellower.

Bowmore, makers of some of the finest single malts in Scotland – and therefore the world – have just come out with the ne plus ultra of old smoke.

Check out the oldest ever Bowmore and the oldest Islay Single Malt ever released – the Bowmore 1957 54 Years Old.

Distilled in 1957 and bottled in 2011, there are only 12 bottles in existence.

Bottles No. 1 and No. 2 will be auctioned for charity at Bonhams in Edinburgh and New York in October.

Said proceeds?

About $150,000 per bottle.

And if you’re willing to shell out same for one of the remaining eight you’ll have to go to the distillery to do so.