Ben Nevis sits just at the base of its namesake, Scotland’s highest mountain. A coastal distillery in the Western Highlands, Ben Nevis draws its water from the Allt a’Mhuilinn which originates from two pools, Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste, which are both sited a good way up the mountain. The distillery was founded in 1825, by the gloriously named ‘Long John’ MacDonald, for whom the renowned Long John blended Scotch was named. After Long John’s death in 1856, ownership was passed down to Donald McDonald, his son.
A second distillery was sited nearby in 1878 and named Nevis Distillery. In a bid to keep up with growing demand, both distilleries eventually became one in the early twentieth century. The distillery joined the ranks of those experimenting with continuous distillation, installing a Coffey still in 1955 which remained on the site for twenty-six years.
The famed Japanese company Nikka acquired the distillery in 1989 and subsequently the quality was markedly improved. The heart of the range has been, for some time, the ten year-old. There have also been a few cask-finishes, limited editions and independent bottlings, notably from Blackadder and Douglas Laing. In 1991, a visitor centre was opened, utilizing the wealth of tourists in the area, particularly those travelling to the rocky peak above the distillery.
This is an 8 year old cask strength blended malt whisky produced by Ben Nevis which was launched back in the late 1960’s by Rory McDonald, a direct descendant of Long John McDonald, the founder of the Ben Nevis distillery in 1825. Despite the high strength of this product it is highly regarded by the passionate whisky drinker. Jim Murray has this to say of it in his “Whisky Bible 2004” :- ‘Mouthwatering in parts, lots of cereal, spice and kick’.
Fruity aromas of ripe apples, grapes, followed by then fresh fir wood and sweet caramel. The palate is spicy and very strong (not only from alcohol), with wood, liquorice, malt and sweet fruits. A hint of salted nuts lingers in the background. The finish has a hint of malt and dark chocolate but is dominated by salted nuts.
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Name Mac Donald's Glencoe 8yo Cask Strength Blend Country Scotland Region Western Highlands Age 8 years ABV% 58% Size 700ml Dietary Information No