Ben Nevis Single Malt Whisky Cask

Ben Nevis 1996

Don’t miss the remarkable opportunity to own a premium hogshead cask from a very highly regarded Scottish distillery, already with a couple of decades behind it. The whisky in this hogshead has matured 22 years, having been distilled in 1996. It contains approximately 233 bottles at cask strength 51.40% ABV.

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Cask Details

DistilleryBen Nevis
Age22 years
Distillation DateNovember 8, 1996
Cask TypeHogshead
Original ABV63.6%
Original Litre of Alcohol (OLA)150.6 litres
Re-gauge ABV51.40%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)84.0 litres
New Bulk Litres163.09 litres
Re-gauge DateJune 14, 2018
Cask Number1827

Tasting Notes

Nose – Lemon, sharp citric notes, lemon drizzle

Palate – Lemon, watermelon, apples, slight spice

Nose with water – Lemon, highly varnished wood, vanilla icing

Palate with water – Vanilla ice cream with lemon sauce, sweet and sour sauce, hint of spice

If the younger Ben Nevis cask promises cherry pie, this elder cask is an absolute lemon drizzle cake. The nose without water gives sharp citric notes, along with fragrant vanilla and sweetness. The palate offers more complex fruitiness by the way of watermelon and apples to temper the lemon, and a hint of spice.

The nose with water softens the lemon and brings out vanilla icing and the scent of highly varnished wood. With water, the palate is more vanilla ice cream with lemon sauce topping, more spice here, and probing deeper, sweet and sour sauce. The length of time this cask needs before bottling is likely to be a matter of taste. We think it’s wonderful now, with the citric notes bringing a unique and lively character to the whisky. However, those seeking a more indulgent option may choose to give the whisky a little more time to soften out those top notes.

About The Distillery

Named for Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis welcomes the associations with this haughty and noble heather-clad mound. What is less often remarked upon is the fact that Ben Nevis also sits near a stretch of coastline – albeit a coast that has intruded deeply into the mainland. Loch Linnhe is a sea loch whose mouth begins right out by the Isle of Mull from where the salty water cuts a path 30 miles inland, all the way to the foot of Ben Nevis itself. This long expanse of water may be linked to the Atlantic, but by the time it reaches the distillery, all the fight has gone from it. Loch Linnhe is by then calm, placidly reflecting the visage of Ben Nevis with few ripples to disturb it. Occasionally a thick sea mist can roll up, shrouding everything in mystery and occasionally echoing the with the barks of the terrifying Cù Sìth…

Ben Nevis whisky benefits from being caught between the worlds of mountain and ocean. Its style carries notes of heather and honey but there’s also a gentle reminder of creaky fishing boats.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on July 18th at 11:00pm GMT
  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction a complimentary sample will be sent to the winning bidder.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
  • A reserve price has been set for the auction. If the reserve price is not reached then the seller, in their sole discretion, can choose whether to accept the high bid or may offer a counter offer. All bids placed by buyers are binding, even when the reserve price has not been met, until the seller declines the highest bid.
  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.