Situated at the base of, and named after Britain's tallest mountain, Ben Nevis was founded by 'Long' John McDonald. The distillery is owned by Nikka and one third of the new make is shipped directly to Japan for use predominantly in Nikka Black.
In 1989 Nikka bought Ben Nevis from Whitbread and reopened the distillery in 1990 (it had been closed since 1986).
The very first cask was filled by Takeshi Taketsuru (Masataka and Rita's adopted son) who was both Deputy Chairman of the Nikka and Chairman of Ben Nevis at the time.
The cask was a hogshead made from ex-bourbon barrel staves sanded right back to fresh oak. Despite living to 90, Takeshi passed away in 2014 without having been able to taste the finished whisky, which filled 235 bottles in October 2015.
Distilled: September 1990
Bottled: October 2015
Age: 25 Years Old
Cask Type: Hogshead
61.3% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: 25 / 235