Acquired by the Japanese group Nikka in 1989, the Ben Nevis distillery was, under the ownership of Joseph W.Hobbs in 1955, one of the only distilleries in Scotland to have its own traditional pot stills and a Coffey-style column still. Bought by Long John Distillers in 1981, the Coffey stills were subsequently dismantled. Although the majority of its whisky is aged in ex-sherry casks, some ex-bourbon cask bottlings have recently appeared on the independent market. Its worth noting that the distillery was mothballed for six years at the end of the 1970s, and then again in 1984 and from 1986 to 1989.
BEN NEVIS 9 YO 2011 S.V 46%
Nestling on the slopes of the highest mountain of Scotland, the Ben Nevis distillery was founded in 1825 by John MacDonald. It produces a powerful single malt, marked by spices, cereals and fruits. This Ben Nevis 8-year-old 2010 SV version has a very fruity profile only subtly affected by its ageing in second-fill ex-sherry barrels. The Un-Chillfiltered Collection gives whisky-lovers the opportunity to discover non-chill filtered singled malts, for one of the most authentic tasting experiences. Like cognacs, armagnacs and other great spirits, most whiskies nowadays are generally chill filtered. Rich, aromatic and oily, these whiskies are bottled from a small batch of between two and five casks before being reduced to 46%.