BEN NEVIS 16 year old, Cask Strength at 52.1%

Region: Highland
Distillation Year: 1998
Bottling Year: 2014
ABV: 52.1%
Sherry Hogshead

The aroma of banana malt loaf with sweetness and maltiness. A lucious sweet taste with a tad more fresh fruitiness. Water brings out more fruit and the vanilla cake mix flavour.


In the picturesque Western Highlands and next to the highest mountain in the British Isles sits the Ben Nevis distillery, one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. It is rumoured to have been founded in 1825 by ‘Long John’ McDonald born 1798 in Tolgulbin, who could reportedly trace his ancient family line back to the time of Robert the Bruce. Long John was a famous figure in Whisky folklore because he was one of the first illicit distillers to sell his own Whisky and he was apparently a giant of a man in height, strength and fitness. Queen Victoria even visited Long John’s Ben Nevis distillery in 1848 where she was presented a special cask dedicated to her son, the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII. Closed in 1986 and fortunately reopened in 1991 under the new ownership of Nikka with the quality of Whisky improving thereafter.

The distillery sources its water from Alt a Mhulin which runs from Ben Nevis past the distillery into the River Lochy.

This single malt Highland Whisky was distilled on the 3rd of December 1998 and aged in a Refill Sherry Hogshead cask, number 1407. It has been bottled at natural cask strength and there has been no colourings added - this is non-chill filtered.

From Tom's Whisky Reviews:

Nose Seriously toffee filled with a massive note that reminds me of quality street caramel pennies and sweet fruity notes and hints of sweet oak.
Taste Toffee coins and sweet sugary candy notes with a oak and malt filled background
Finish Toffee and sugar


From Somerset Whisky Blog:

Info: Distilled 3rd December 1998, aged in Sherry Hogshead cask, #1407. Cask strength, no colouring added & non-chill filtered. 273 bottles.
Colour: Light straw… 2nd fill hogshead? Fino?
Nose: Packed with malty flavours and a slight salty fruitiness. Hints of tar. There’s a real toffee caramel note to this. A slight sparkling wine type nose.
Palate: Thick, instantly sweet and buttery, quite a wine like character.
Finish: Long, sweet, and enjoyable. Slight tannin wood sourness at the end.
Thoughts: I’ve seen a few great independent Ben Nevis bottlings and LotG seem to have managed to pick a great cask here. Water not needed!

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