Lowden Bushmills Black Bush

It’s two of our favorite things combined: whiskey and guitars. Northern Irish brands Lowden Guitars and Bushmills Irish Whiskey have teamed up to launch the Black Bush Edition, a gorgeous acoustic that’s built from old whiskey barrels and copper pot stills—if only it smells the part, too.

Barrel wood and copper from the stills Bushmills used to distill its single-malt dram appear on the intricate inlays on the guitar’s fretboard and back, as well as on the fretboard markers. The other tonewoods on the Black Bush are just as exotic: It has an alpine spruce top, African blackwood back and sides, and a five-piece mahogany neck. Even the ebony fretboard is bound with koa.

Lowden Bushmills Black Bush
The back inlay

“I was fascinated with the copper from the original pot stills at The Old Bushmills Distillery,” said Lowden founder George Lowden. “Not only is it a beautiful metal to work with but it’s amazing to think this material has had whiskey flowing over it for hundreds of years.”

The Black Bush is available in Lowden’s “O,” “F” and “S” body shapes—and only 25 have been made. As you’d expect from something this luxurious and rare, the guitar’s price tag will send shivers down your spine: It’s about $13,200.

Watch fellow Northern Irish musician Foy Vance perform with the guitar here:

For more info, check out lowdenguitars.com.

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Lowden Bushmills Black Bush
The alpine spruce soundboard
Lowden Bushmills Black Bush
Those barrels were used in that 12th-fret inlay