Not surprisingly, as Burns Night approaches, George our Wild Boar Master of Malt chooses his Malt of the Month from Scotland.
The former garrison town of Inverlochy, now called Fort William, is where we are headed for January’s Malt of the Month.
Fort William once boasted no fewer than three distilleries: Ben Nevis, Nevis and Glenlochy. Demolition removed all traces of the Nevis Distillery, the sister to Ben Nevis, and a housing estate now occupies the site. The owners of the second distillery, Glenlochy, converted many of the buildings to a hotel and offices. Although presently used for different purposes, the malt barn, filling store, warehouses, and pagoda roof, remain standing on the site of Glenlochy, primarily because they are listed buildings. Ben Nevis is now the only surviving distillery in Fort William and one of the two still remaining on Scotland’s west coast.
Ben Nevis Distillery was licensed in 1825 by John ‘Long John’ MacDonald, who established the first legal distillery in the area. He stood six feet four inches tall and his stature helped to silence any of the illicit distillers who challenged the newly licensed distillery. The location of the distillery at the foot of Ben Nevis ensured a steady and very pure water source from two lochans situated 3,000 feet up the north face of the mountain. Additionally, the close proximity to Loch Linnhe provided ready access to the steamers delivering raw materials to the distillery and transporting matured whisky to markets.
Fort William is a major tourist area for the highlands of Scotland with Ben Nevis being a huge draw for the thousands of the hill walkers and climbers that come to the area each year.
What better way to relax after a long day in the hills than with a large glass of Ben Nevis 10 yr old looking out at ‘The Ben’.
- Nose: Fresh and quite dry. A supple greenness with soft leafy notes with a rich fruitiness. Hints of orange and Seville marmalade with a light vinous character and nutty undertones.
- Palate: Gentle dryness. Toffee. Looming omnipresent are solid peat notes with a bitter sweetness.
- Finish: Silken, toffee and caramel notes balanced with a touch of mochaccino and dark chocolate on the tail.
Next Whisky Tasting Event
Join George at The Wild Boar Burns Night on Sunday 25th January. Our celebrations will commence with a drinks reception, three course dinner with wine and then followed by whisky tasting. The evening will be hosted by Katie Reed, and we will taste “The One Whisky” from the Lakes Distillery.