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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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