Founded in 1825
Ben Nevis Distillery is named for the mountain that rises above it in the western Highlands. It gets its alpine water from two pools high on the mountainside -- Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste -- that drain into a stream called Allt a’Mhuilinn.  

The site was founded by the colorfully-named "Long John" McDonald -- a tall, imposing character -- in 1825. When he died in 1856, his son Donald took over. Success continued and they had to build a second distillery next door. Eventually both grew into each other and they were formally incorporated together as one.

The rest is a common story -- bought and sold, acquired and merged -- until they are as they are now, a subsidiary of Nikka Holdings, in Japan. They opened a visitor center in 1991.

They have three core single malt offerings in their range, along with special editions and their famous Blue Label premium. They have also issued a few special editions and independent bottlings, which they support through an annual production of 2 million liters.

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What does Ben Nevis taste like?

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    2 wash, 2 spirit
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Ben Nevis Distillery, Lochy Bridge, Fort William PH33 6TJ, United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1397 700200
  • Website
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Ben Nevis (the mountain) is the highest point in all of the UK, rising 4,406 feet above sea level.

Long John blended Scotch -- one of the rarest and most expensive blended Whiskies -- is named after Long John McDonald.
There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
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Scotch from Ben Nevis

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