Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ben Nevis - refill please


Signatory Ben Nevis 1975 Cast Strength, 31 yr old (63.1%)
Finished this bottle off and just ordered more. A must have in any collection. Bourbon cask lovers will appreciate the maturity that this age gives this wonderful dram.
Scotland's highest mountain, Ben Nevis gave its name to a distillery in the nearest town, Fort William. The distillery was established in 1825 by "Long John" McDonald, a 6ft 4in descendant of a ruler of the western Scottish kingdom of Argyll. In 1989 the distillery was sold by Whitbread to Mitsui, partner of the Japanese whisky-makers Nikka. The new owners restored production of malt but not grain whisky in 1990 under the name Ben Nevis Distillery Co Ltd.
(the pic is of a similar 1992 bottling)

BusinessWeek: New Whiskies from Old Casks

We know all this already, but helps explain the pricing beyond the obvious of the strength of the pound.
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/11/1119_whisky_guide/index_01.htm