Ben Nevis Distillery

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General
Pronunciation ben’nevis
Translation Named after Ben Nevis mountain
Region Highlands
Distiller Ben Nevis Distillery Ltd.
Owner Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Ltd.
Address Lochy Bridge
Fort William
Inverness-shire
PH33 6TJ
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1397 - 70 24 76
+44 (0)1397 - 70 27 68 (Fax)
LatLong 56° 50’ 05.2” N   05° 04’ 28.5” W
Altitude 10 m
Grid Reference NN125756
Website www.bennevisdistillery.com
E-mail colin@bennevisdistillery.com
Open to public All year : mo - fr 09:00 - 17:00
Easter - September : sa 10:00 - 16:00
July - August : mo - fr 09:00 - 18:00, sa 10:00 - 16:00, su 12:00 - 16:00
October - Easter : sa, su & evening (by arrangement)Source : website 2007
Remarks

History
1825
Said to have been founded by John McDonald (’Long John’)
1826-30
Angus McDonnell
1831
McDonnell & McDonald dissolved
1831-56
John McDonald when bankrupt
1848
Queen Victoria visits the distillery
1856
John McDonald dies and the distillery is taken over by Donald P. McDonald, son of John
1878
The demand for whisky is very large, so another distillery named Nevis Distillery is built nearby
1882
Long John’s Ben Nevis Distilleries Ltd.
....-c.1900
Proprietor D.P. McDonald until c.1900 when D.P. McDonald & Sons
1908
Both Ben Nevis Distillery and Nevis Distillery merge into one
c.1910-27
D.P. McDonald & Sons Ltd.
1920s-55
Long John brand name sold to Seager, Evans Ltd., but continued as D.P. McDonald & Sons Ltd., headed by Joseph W. Hobbs
1941
D.P. McDonald & Sons Ltd. taken over by Ben Nevis Distillery (Fort William) Ltd.
1955
Taken over by Ben Nevis Distillery (Fort William) Ltd. promoted by Joseph Hobbs
1955 ?
A coffey still is installed by John Hobbs
1964
John Hobbs dies
1978
Production stops
1981
Joseph Hobbs Jr sells the distillery to Long John International, a subsidiary of Whitbread & Co.
....
Coffey still removed, returned to 100% malt whisky distillation. Four pot stills
1983
Distillery out of production
1984
The distillery opens up again after a £2 million restoration and reconstruction
1986
The distillery closes
1989
Purchased by Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. from Whitbread
1991
The distillery reopens (1990 mentioned as well)
1991-Sep-10
A visitor centre, built in a former warehouse and bottling hall, opens

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production and cooling from the Ben Nevis via the Allt a' Mhuilinn Burn fed by the lochs named Coire Leis and Coire Na Ciste. From 230m height piped to the distillery. Cooling water from 100m redirected
  Annual Output
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
older stock as single malt, junger stock for single malt and blend (Glencoe, Dew of Ben Nevis)
Malt Malt Source
  Malt Type
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor
  Malt Storage
Mill
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 6 in total, 4 made of stainless steel and 2 made of Douglas Spar
  Washback Charge
  Yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 2
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
2
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers condensers
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks bourbon, sherry, refill bourbon
  Warehouses
  Vatting and Bottling Location

Staff

Distillery Manager
Colin Ross (....-now)
Visitor Centre Manager
John Carmichael (....-now)

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