Ben Nevis – a brand of single malt whiskey from the Scottish Highland region. The distillery is located at the foot of the mountain of the same name and produces strong drinks with a sharp and intense taste, which is dominated by peat, honey and heather shades. The most popular releases are whiskeys aged 10 and 25 years. The brand belongs to the Japanese company Nikka.
The distillery was founded in 1825 by John MacDonald, a descendant of the rulers of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Argyll, located in western Scotland. The entrepreneur was very tall, which is why he received the nickname Long John. Subsequently, a brand of blended whiskey was named in his honor, the main part of which for a long time was Ben Nevis.
After the death of the first owner, management of the company passed to his son. In 1878, he built another company, called the Nevis Distillery. Subsequently, the distillery capacities were combined, and they worked as a family business until 1955, when the company was acquired by former Canadian bootlegger John Hobbs. During this period, a continuous distillation method was introduced at the plant, which allowed the production of both grain and single malt whiskeys.
The end of the 70s was unsuccessful for the company due to the acute crisis that swept the whisky industry. The capacity had to be reduced twice, in total, the plant was idle for six years. In 1989, the company was acquired by the Japanese company Nikka. As a result, production was divided into two areas – for the Japanese and Western markets. In 1991, a visitor center was opened at the distillery.
Currently, the plant produces about 2 million liters of whiskey per year. Water is brought from the mountain lake Allt a’Mhuilinn. The distillery refused to use wooden containers for fermentation, fermentation takes place in a modern large stainless steel tub.
Distillation columns at the enterprise are quite voluminous and are designed for 25 thousand liters of wort. Due to the size, distillation in them is slow, which gives the finished product sharp and spicy notes. Ben Nevis packaging is noteworthy – whiskey with the age of 25 years is poured into souvenir ceramic bottles of an unusual shape.
The founder of the company, John MacDonald, believed that raw materials for whiskey were no less important than good equipment and proper distillation. In his memoirs, he wrote: “There can be no doubt that water is the main thing. “At Ben Nevis, I was lucky to find a permanent and permanent source of clean water in two small lakes.”
A visitor center is open in one of the old distilleries. An audio-visual presentation about the mythical giant Hector MacDrama is organized for the guests of the enterprise, after which a guided tour of the workshops is conducted. The tour ends with a tasting in the restaurant, which serves national Scottish dishes.
Types of Ben Nevis whisky
Ben Nevis 10 years old, 46%
Amber-colored drink with the aroma of pear, grape, fresh white bread and vanilla. The taste is soft and enveloping, there are shades of tropical fruits, dried apples and orange, densely seasoned with bitter chocolate. In a long and delicate aftertaste, notes of hard-brewed tea and black pepper are distinguished.
Ben Nevis 25 years old, 56%
Whiskey color of dark amber is distinguished by a complex aromatic bouquet, which harmoniously combines dried fruits, chocolate, nuts and spices. Baked apples, orange, pineapple and coffee are felt in taste, pepper and barely perceptible smoky notes give sharpness. The aftertaste is dominated by oak shades.
Average Price (ex-tax): $95 / 750ml Producer: Ben Nevis Distillery Region: : Scotland CountryUK Type: Whisky – Whiskey Blended Notes: Produced by: Ben Nevis Distillery Ben Nevis Glencoe 8year old Blended Malt Price