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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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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
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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
Matured in a single Sherry butt for 20 years, this Ben Nevis was distilled in July 1992 and bottled at natural cask strength by Signatory in April 2013, producing 433 bottles.  More info
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This highland malt was distilled at Ben Nevis in June 1967 before a 45 year maturation in a single refill hogshead (number 9559). It was bottled at cask strength by Douglas Laing in February 2013 as...  More info
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A 46 year old single cask Ben Nevis bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask range. Matured in cask 9511, it was bottled in 2013.  More info
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This is a sherry cask-aged Ben Nevis exuding lovely toffee-rich, Highland character. It was distilled on the 24th July 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single cask (number 2523). It was then...  More info
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This whisky, distilled near the highest mountain in the United Kingdom, has been bottled at twenty years of age without chill-filtration so you get all the texture and flavour of the whisky as it is...  More info
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Dew of Ben Nevis is a gentle blend from the Highlands, unsurprisingly it features malt whisky from Ben Nevis.  More info
A 40 year old edition of the Highland blend Dew of Ben Nevis, this features a quantity of malt whisky from the Ben Nevis distillery.  More info
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This was distilled at Ben Nevis in June 1966. It was then aged for a whopping 45 years in a single sherry hogshead (cask 8194) before bottling for Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range in April of...  More info
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A tasty single cask Ben Nevis, bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled on the 24th July 1992 and was aged for 19 years in a sherry butt before bottling on the...  More info
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A 15 year old, single cask Ben Nevis, distilled in the Highlands in October 1995, it was then bottled in December 2010 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of just 333 bottles.  More info
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Just look at how marvellously dark this whisky is. Regard it! This was distilled in 1966, before a 45 year maturation in sherry wood. It was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Director's Cut range...  More info
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This was distilled at the Ben Nevis distillery in Autumn 1998. It was aged for 12 years in refill hogshead 7432 and bottled in Summer of 2011 for the Provenance range.  More info
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This was distilled at Ben Nevis in Autumn of 1997. It was then aged for 14 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in Winter of 2012 for the Provenance range.  More info
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A gorgeous fruity and sweet Ben Nevis from Wemyss Malts. Bottled at cask strength this is not chill filtered.  More info
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A great, plummy dram from innovative independent bottler Wemyss Malts. This 1990 vintage is exactly as the name suggests, and represents another must-try whisky from Wemyss.  More info
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This was distilled at the Ben Nevis distillery on the 3rd July 1992, and it was matured in sherry butt number 2305 for 19 years before bottling on the 22nd October 2011 at natural cask strength in a...  More info
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This was distilled in 1996 at the Ben Nevis distillery, and it was aged for 13 years in single cask 0812 (a hogshead) before bottling by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company in 2010 for its Coopers Choice...  More info
This was distilled at Ben Nevis in October 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a single sherry butt. It was bottled in October 2012 for Douglas Laing's stellar Old Malt Cask range. This is one of just...  More info
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