About Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery
2 000 000 litres
Ben Nevis Distillery Ltd (Nikka, Asahi Breweries)
Lochy Bridge, Fort William
The distillery is founded by ‘Long’ John McDonald.
Long John dies and his son Donald P. McDonald takes over.
Demand is so great that another distillery, Nevis Distillery, is built nearby.
Both distilleries merge into one.
D. P. McDonald & Sons sells the distillery to Ben Nevis Distillery Ltd headed by the Canadian millionaire Joseph W. Hobbs. He has already bought Bruichladdich, Glenesk and Glenury Royal and he opens Lochside in 1957.
Hobbs installs a Coffey still which makes it possible to produce both grain and malt whisky.
Joseph Hobbs dies.
Production is stopped.
Joseph Hobbs Jr sells the distillery back to Long John Distillers and Whitbread.
After restoration and reconstruction totalling £2 million, Ben Nevis opens up again.
The distillery closes again.
Whitbread sells the distillery to Nikka Whisky Distilling Company Ltd.
The distillery opens up again.
A visitor centre is inaugurated.
Ben Nevis 10 years old is launched.
A 13 year old port finish is released.