Ben Wyvis

United Kingdom, Scotland
Being so rare and short-lived, we don't have the ability to givey you an accurate description of Ben Wyvis Scotch Whisky. If you manage to get a dram for yourself, take notes and send them along! But with it's position in the Northern Highlands so close to notable houses like Glenmorangie and Balblair, it might be a good assupmtion that it had a flavor profile similar to these cousins - light, fruit-foreward, and lightly sweet.
Ben Wyvis Flavor Spiraltm
  • toasted oak
  • creamy vanilla
  • spicy
  • fruit
  • sweet
  • brown sugar
  • white chocolate
  • toasted
  • smoky
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Ben Wyvis
After the closing of Ben Wyvis, Invergordon Distillery offered a single malt "named after" Ben Wyvis, and sold it for a retail price of £20. Someone actually placed a bottle into an auction, hoping to capitalize on the confusion. It sold for £360. The outraged attendees eventually forced them to reverse the sale.

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Ben Wyvis was located in the northern Highlands, near the town of Dingwall, about 15 miles northeast of Inverness.

The Ben Wyvis Distillery only lived for 11 years, from 1965 through 1977. There was a previous distillery of the same name in Dingwall, that operated from 1879 through 1926, but nothing from the older distillery was saved.

With such a short pedigree, there is not much to tell about Ben Wyvis. It is documented that most of their production went into blended Scotch Whiskies. But they also preserved a bit of their output each year, for special issues of a single malt and for some independent bottlers. 

In fact you can, to this very day, buy bottles of the single malt on the second hand market. They are actively  traded and coveted by collectors. Every once in a while someone pops up with an old cask in an aging warehouse, that was purchased from their inventory when the facility was closed.

Distillery info:
  • Country United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region Highlands
  • Established 1965
  • Owner Invergordon Distillers
  • Type Single malt
  • Visitor center No
  • Status Active
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