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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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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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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
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A handsome ceramic decanter of Dew of Ben Nevis Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky, complete with presentation box. This traditionally-shaped flagon wouldn't look out of place in a farmhouse, a jug...  More info
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A Hunter Laing bottling of Ben Nevis single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill hogshead #10503 for 18 years. It was distilled at the picturesque Ben Nevis distillery in May 1996 and bottled in May...  More info
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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
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Single cask Ben Nevis from the Highlands. For 10 long years, this single malt Scotch whisky matured in a Port pipe which previously held white Port. These massive casks aren't used all that often for...  More info
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Ben Nevis whisky and Sherry casks always go together well, as exemplified by this 15 year old single cask bottling of their Highland single malt. It was filled into a fresh Sherry cask in June 1998...  More info
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Ben Nevis 10 Year Old
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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
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