Ben Nevis 43yo 1970/2014 Jack Wieber
Ben Nevis 43yo 1970/2014 (44.6%, JWWW Old Train Line, Bourbon Cask #21067, 206 bts)
The distillery was founded at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, the Ben Nevis (hence the name), by ‘Long John’ MacDonald. She was built close to the famous Fort William, thus deep in the Highlands. When Long John died in 1856, his son Donald MacDonald (oh, well) took over. In 1955, a Coffey Still was introduced to produce grain whisky, an experiment that lasted 26 years. Today, the distillery is owned by Nikka, the Japanese group that also owns Yoichi and Myagikyo distilleries). Production restarted in 1989. Two wash and two spirit stills created around 2 million litres of spirit per year, taking its water from the Allt a’Mhuillinn (the Mill Burn). The visitor center has an interactive show in which the fictional giant Hector McDram explains the Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis. There are a few official bottlings, but also quite a number of independent releases.