Ben Nevis Distillery is located about two miles
north of Ft. William at the foot of the tallest mountain in
Scotland. Ben Nevis Mountain stands 4,409 feet tall and from
its summit one can view every mountain peak in the Western
Highlands. It was founded in 1825 by "Long John" MacDonald,
a well-known individual in the whisky industry at that time.
Like many distilleries, it has had a very "erratic" history.
One owner, a Canadian who had benefited financially during
U.S. Prohibition with his illegal activities, operated an
"American style" cattle ranch, complete with Stetson, spurs
and chap-wearing cowboys. The distillery is now owned by Nikka
of Japan and its whisky is becoming more widely available.
21 year old
||Full and rich.
Lots of malt and peat. A trace of sweetness and wood.
||Quite long, with
some peat, smoke and spice.