Ben Nevis 1996 20 Year Old - The Library Collection (70cl, 46%)

Ben Nevis 20 1996 The Library Collection

Ben Nevis 1996 20 Year Old - The Library Collection (70cl, 46%)

Distilled in the Highlands at Ben Nevis distillery, this release has been bottled by independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. as part of their Library Collection. This expression was distilled in 1996 and has spent a little over two decades maturing in an oak cask. A limited release of 283 bottles, this whisky has been bottled free from chill filtration and artificial colourings at a strength of 46% abv. 

Ben Nevis distillery was built by "Long" John MacDonald in 1825, and was so popular by the end of the 19th century that at one point the estate employed over 200 people. After a series of closure and re-openings at the beginning of the 20th, it was eventually bought by former Canadian bootlegger, Joseph Hobbs. He installed a coffey still there in 1955, making Ben Nevis Scotland's first dual-operation distillery, and began to blend its malt and grain before filling it to cask. Sporadic closures again followed Hobb's death, with stability finally ensured in 1989 when it was bought by long-term customers, Nikka Whisky of Japan. Its turbulent history means there were few distillery bottlings until the launch of the 10 year old single malt in 1996, but casks had long been making their way to independent labels, and many of them are very highly praised.

Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. is a privately-owned independent company, based in Scotland’s capital city. Carrying on the age-old tradition of Edinburgh merchants who sourced, blended, bottled then traded Single Malt and Blended Scotch whiskies all over the world. Edinburgh Whisky Ltd have the Library Collection, a range of Single Cask Single Malts from around Scotland, and the Newtown Blended, carefully crafted in Edinburgh.

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