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Ben Nevis 18-Year-Old Single Cask #11385 'Corowa Release' Whisky

Ben Nevis 18-Year-Old Single Cask #11385 'Corowa Release' Whisky



Single cask #11385 from one of Scotland’s most traditional working distilleries, Ben Nevis.

This 18-year-old expression, which is non-chill filtered and natural colour, was distilled in December 1998. Matured in refill sherry butt #11385 the cask yielded 571 bottles at 54.7%.

This is part of a series of ten singles casks from cult independent bottlers Douglas Of Drumlanrig.

They were purchased by the Corowa Distillery, located on the Murray River in south New South Wales. Instead of opting for a barrel investment-style program to fund the early years of their own Australian whisky production, the distillery has decided to offer a series of ten single casks (so whisky supporters can enjoy a dram while knowing they’re funding the local industry).

Official tasting notes:

Nose: Powerful, rich with oak and fruit.

Palate: Oranges, dried red fruits and toffee.

Finish: Long, more oak and chocolate.

Ben Nevis is one of the more traditional distilleries in Scotland and is often regarded as a “whisky drinkers’ whisky”.

Built in Fort William in 1825 by ‘Long’ John Macdonald. An early success in the hands of his son Peter, Long John’s Dew Of Ben Nevis became a sought after blend (which is still available under the name Nevis Dew these days). A second distillery – Nevis – was built to keep up with supply and with its own cottages for workers employed around 200 people at its peak.

Nevis was closed in 1908 when the whisky boom crashed, but the original Ben Nevis survived through to 1941. It started back up again following the was in 1995, to fall silent again in 1978.

After that period of intermittent production during the 70s and 80s, a tough period for whisky distilleries in general across Scotland, the distillery was bought by the Japanese company Nikka in 1989. Fifty percent of the distillery’s new make is shipped to Japan for maturation and eventual use in Nikka’s blends.

Pleasingly, the Japanese ownership has left Ben Nevis to their own techniques and the distillery continues in its own traditional methods. Ben Nevis still uses wooden washbacks and brewers yeast, and they’re understood to be the last distillery in Scotland to still use these techniques (distillers yeasts have been developed for higher yield and stainless steel washbacks are a norm).

They employ a slow distillation to coax out plenty of fruit whilst keeping structure and five of their six warehouses are the traditional dunnage style.

The 50 percent of spirit that remains in Scotland is used for the Nevis Dew and Macdolands Of Glencoe blends and their own single malts. Independent bottlings by the likes of Adelphi, Signatory Vintage and Douglas Of Drumlanrig are also highly sought after.

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Ben Nevis


Single Cask








700 mls



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