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Ben Nevis Whisky

Ben Nevis Highland Whisky

Ben Nevis was founded in 1825 by “Long John” McDonald in Locky Bridge at the foot of the biggest mountain in Scotland, after which the distillery is named. Here they have the advantage being able to extract water from the mountain springs of Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste. Through the next 150 years the distillery was sold multiple times, lastly in 1989 to Nikka Whisky from Japan. Since then production has been stable and the quality is rising, so it is definitely a distillery to keep an eye on.   

Owner:                            Region/district:                                                    
Ben Nevis Distillery Ltd                         Western Highlands

(Nikka, Asahi Breweries)

Founded:    Status:          Capacity:

1825            Active (vc)     1 800 000 litres

 Address: Lochy Bridge, Fort William PH33 6TJ

 Tel:                      website:

01397 702476        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.

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.

2007 – 1992 single cask is released.

2010 – A 25 year old is released.

The above timeline is a quote from Malt Whisky Year Book, written by author Ingvar Ronde, we thank you for your inspirational work - Buy the latest copy of the book here!

The book is written by Ingvar Ronde in English, with contributions from many whisky experts, just to name a few: Chris Bunting, Gavin D Smith, Ian Buxton, Charles MacLean, Dominic Roskrow, Colin Dunn and Neil Ridley.

The 2012 edition has been extended by 24 pages to a total of 300 pages. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2012 tells you everything you need to know about the Scottish, Irish and Japanese distilleries, flavored with more than 500 pictures. Additionally, there is a detailed walkthrough of brand new and planned distilleries, along with distilleries from countries we do not usually associate with whisky. 
Shortly put, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2012 is a fantastic piece of reference, which will tell you everything you need to know about the malt whisky of the world - and more!