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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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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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$229.07
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
$416.25
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
$76.64
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
$102.13
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
$375.88
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
$70.29
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
$83.82
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
$117.00
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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$113.66
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
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
$260.94
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
$107.44
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
$136.84
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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$132.41
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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$127.44
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
$70.37
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
$442.27
Special Reserve is an edition of Dew of Ben Nevis, a Highland blend with proportion of malt from the Ben Nevis distillery.  More info
$24.35
Ben Nevis distillery filled a single cask (1652, a Sherry cask) in October of 1996 and bottled it in a limited edition run in September 2012.  More info
$134.13
Ben Nevis (the distillery) sits at the foot of Ben Nevis (the mountain). As picturesque as the scenery is, their whisky is much more beautiful, as evidently by this stellar 17 year old Ben Nevis which...  More info
$132.44
Bottled in March 2013, just before Douglas Laing's assets was split between the two Laing brothers, this Ben Nevis whisky definitely deserves to be part of the Old Malt Cask range, reserved for...  More info
$113.81
Signatory always come up with the goods with their Cask Strength Collection. This single cask release is a 20 year old Ben Nevis, which was matured in a sherry cask, producing 623 bottles.  More info
$136.84
A single cask release from the Ben Nevis distillery, which sits at the foot of the Ben Nevis mountain. It was matured for 15 years in a cask 586, which was a fresh sherry butt, in case the intense red...  More info
$154.12
Malty and fruity with a smoky tail, this single cask Ben Nevis really is a splendiferous dram! Distilled in December 1996 and bottled by Master of Malt in July 2013, cask number 448 yielded 261...  More info
$83.55
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