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Ben Nevis Fife Whisky Festival

Ben Nevis


Published on: 22/11/19 by Justine

Ben Nevis went down a storm at our previous Fife Whisky Festival events and we’re delighted to let you know that the team will be returning to the Kingdom for the third year in a row!

Ben Nevis Fife Whisky Festival

Ben Nevis Distillery was established in 1825 in Fort William. It is one of the oldest (licensed) distilleries in Scotland and is uniquely situated at the foot of Scotland’s / Britain’s highest mountain.

You may have heard of the blended whisky Long John which was extremely popular during the 70s and 80s here in Scotland.  The whisky was named after the distillery’s founder; John Macdonald, otherwise known as Long John Macdonald due to his tall stature!

For a number of years, the distillery was owned by Joseph Hobbs who also owned Lochside distillery. Both distilleries shared one characteristic; they both produced not only malt, but also grain, whisky in the same building.

Ben Nevis Fife Whisky Festival

Nowadays, the Japanese distilling giant, Nikka, owns Ben Nevis distillery and approximately half of all its new make spirit is sent to them to use in their Nikka blends.

However, the distillery produces some superb spirit to be matured here in Scotland culminating in some wonderful whisky ! As well as some very fine single malts, the range includes the Nevis Dew blends and McDonald’s Glencoe blended malt.

Ben Nevis Fife Whisky Festival

For 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival, the Ben Nevis team brought a very special release with them; MacDonald’s Ben Nevis 10 years Batch no. 1. This was the first outing for this limited edition single malt which was bottled at a whopping 62.4%.

We’re looking forward to welcoming back the Ben Nevis team and their fantastic range of whisky. Be sure to head over to their stand on 7th March to say hi and enjoy a dram or two!

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