Ben Nevis Highland Whisky Distillery
Ben Nevis takes its name from Scotland’s (& the UK’s) highest mountain measuring 4408 feet (1344 meters) and is located in the Western Highlands in an area called Argyll. Ben Nevis translated from Gaelic is ‘Mountain of Heaven’. Due to the huge mountain on its doorstep Ben Nevis has an easy supply of water which comes from the ‘Allt a’Mhuilinn’ burn which comes from 2 pools called Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste. Ben Nevis distillery dates back to 1825 when it was founded by Long John MacDonald, whom later would have a blended whisky named after him. Ben Nevis stayed in the family until 1941 when it was bought by Joseph Hobbs a Canadian who also owned Bruichladdich. Due to the growing demand for whisky a 2nd Distillery was built close to the mountain however they merged later. A Japanese company purchased Ben Nevis in 1989 and have not only improved the whisky but have improved the distillery as a tourist attraction. With the mountain Ben Nevis itself attracting huge numbers of walkers it makes the distillery one of the most popular.
The main whisky in the Ben Nevis range is the 10 year old which has been on the market since 1996 however sporadic cask strength, limited editions and independent bottling’s are also available. The most popular of these are Douglas Laing and Blackadder.
Taste: The main 10 year old single malt is great oaky, full bodied malt with a hint of peat & vanilla.
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