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Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis sits just at the base of its namesake, Scotland’s highest mountain. A coastal distillery in the Western Highlands, Ben Nevis draws its water from the Allt a’Mhuilinn which originates from two pools, Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste, which are both sited a good way up the mountain. The distillery was founded in 1825, by the gloriously named ‘Long John’ MacDonald, for whom the renowned Long John blended Scotch was named. After Long John’s death in 1856, ownership was passed down to Donald McDonald, his son.

A second distillery was sited nearby in 1878 and named Nevis Distillery. In a bid to keep up with growing demand, both distilleries eventually became one in the early twentieth century. The distillery joined the ranks of those experimenting with continuous distillation, installing a Coffey still in 1955 which remained on the site for twenty-six years.

The famed Japanese company Nikka acquired the distillery in 1989 and subsequently the quality was markedly improved. The heart of the range has been, for some time, the ten year-old. There have also been a few cask-finishes, limited editions and independent bottlings, notably from Blackadder and Douglas Laing. In 1991, a visitor centre was opened, utilizing the wealth of tourists in the area, particularly those travelling to the rocky peak above the distillery.

Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery

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About Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01397 702476

Distillery Founded

1825

Distillery Capacity

2 000 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Ben Nevis Distillery Ltd (Nikka, Asahi Breweries)

Distillery Address

Lochy Bridge, Fort William

Distillery Website

www.bennevisdistillery.com

1825

The distillery is founded by ‘Long’ John McDonald.

1856

Long John dies and his son Donald P. McDonald takes over.

1878

Demand is so great that another distillery, Nevis Distillery, is built nearby.

1908

Both distilleries merge into one.

1941

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.

1955

Hobbs installs a Coffey still which makes it possible to produce both grain and malt whisky.

1964

Joseph Hobbs dies.

1978

Production is stopped.

1981

Joseph Hobbs Jr sells the distillery back to Long John Distillers and Whitbread.

1984

After restoration and reconstruction totalling £2 million, Ben Nevis opens up again.

1986

The distillery closes again.

1989

Whitbread sells the distillery to Nikka Whisky Distilling Company Ltd.

1990

The distillery opens up again.

1991

A visitor centre is inaugurated.

1996

Ben Nevis 10 years old is launched.

2006

A 13 year old port finish is released.

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Inverlochy Castle is a rare old brand from yesteryear which, according to this bottle, was once blended and bottled by the Ben Nevis distillery! This bottled comes from the 1970s.  More info
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A fantastic series from Duncan Taylor, The Octave range are partially aged in tiny octave casks, just one eighth of the size of a sherry butt, to promote contact between whisky and the cask. This...  More info
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A 12 year old decantering (erm... yeah, we'll go with that) of Ben Nevis single malt, hand filled by those wonderful Douglas Laing bunch for their Premier Barrel range.  More info
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A very sherried Ben Nevis single malt, taken from a single cask and bottled without even a suggestion of chillfiltering. It was bottled in January 2014 by Signatory with an outturn of 817 bottles.  More info
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The Supreme expression of Dew of Ben Nevis: a blended whisky from the distillery, Ben Nevis, a decidedly light, subtle single malt from the Highland distillery.  More info
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The distillery named after the UK's highest mountain have produced this blended whisky which won gold at the International Wines and Spirits Competition in 2000.  More info
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An 8 year old cask strength blended malt whisky produced by Ben Nevis.  More info
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A half bottle of the light, subtle 'Dew-like' blend from the Highland distillery, Ben Nevis - a distillery we think of for its rich toffee notes. A great blend with a good malt content.  More info
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Distilled at Ben Nevis in 1997 and matured in a single sherry butt for 15 years, this Douglas Laing bottling was selected as part of the Directors' Cut range. 232 bottles were produced in April 2013.  More info
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[insert joke about burgers and climbing mountains]  More info
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Ben Nevis 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
1996 saw the release of the entry level Ben Nevis single malt, this 10 year old exudes some beautiful coffee, chocolate and toffeed peat notes, a firm representative of the Western Highland style.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$48.06
A bottle of the Highland blended whisky from the distillery, Ben Nevis. This is a more mature Dew of Ben Nevis, aged for a full 12 years.  More info
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Batch 1 of Ben Nevis from That Boutique-y Whisky Company paints a rather serene scene with its label. This jolly climber has hiked all the way up Ben Nevis to enjoy a glass of beautiful Boutique-y Ben...  More info
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17 year old Ben Nevis single malt, bottled as part of the Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited selection. It was distilled in 1997 and left to age in a single Sherry butt. And age it did! 747 bottles were...  More info
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This was distilled at the Ben Nevis distilled on the 26th November 1993, it was then aged for 17 years in cask number 2692, before bottling on the 10th January 2011. A release of 821 Ibisco decanters...  More info
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Distilled at Ben Nevis on the 3rd July 1993, this was aged for 17 years in a single sherry butt before bottling on the 19th May 2011, with a release of 764 bottles.  More info
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This single cask Ben Nevis was distilled in July 1992 and aged in sherry butt number 2304 before bottling in March 2008. A release of 738 bottles from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info
This was distilled at the Ben Nevis distillery in 1999 and it was aged in a bourbon barrel. It was selected by Jim McEwan and taken to the Bruichladdich distillery where it was re-racked into a...  More info
A release from Duncan Taylor's NC2 range (the name is a reference to the fact that it is a series of single malts which are neither chillfiltered nor have they had any additional colouring). This was...  More info
Single Cask Highland whisky, distilled at Ben Nevis in July 1996 and matured for 10 years before bottling in November 2006. This was from claret finished cask number 3077. An outturn of 361 bottles...  More info
A Madeira cask finished Ben Nevis, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the NC2 range (a range of non chill filtered, non coloured whisky). This was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info
Distilled at Ben Nevis in the Highlands on the 26th November 1993, aged in cask number 2688 (a sherry butt) and bottled by Signatory on the 25th March 2008. Part of a release of 795 unchillfiltered...  More info
A beautifully packaged Ben Nevis. This was bottled by Signatory and is presented in a handsome Ibisco decanter. This was distilled on the 26th November 1993, matured for 15 years in cask number 2689...  More info
Distilled on the 3rd March 1992 and matured in Sherry Butt number 2304. Bottled by Signatory on the 27th March 2008 after 15 years of ageing. A single cask Ben Nevis, part of a limited release of just...  More info
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