Ben Nevis 2013 Whisky Cask

Ben Nevis 2013

If you’re looking for a cask with real potential, this relatively young Ben Nevis, at just 6 years old, offers a rare opportunity. The whisky in this refill barrel was distilled in 2013 and contains approximately 248 bottles at cask strength 61.90% ABV.

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Cask Details

DistilleryBen Nevis
Age6 years
Distillation DateMay 16, 2013
Cask TypeRefill Barrel
Original Litre of Alcohol (OLA)126.1 litres
Re-gauge ABV61.90%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)107.85 litres
New Bulk Litres173.36 litres
Re-gauge DateMay 29, 2019
Cask Number289

Tasting Notes

Nose – Cereal, honey, freshly sawn wood, pineapples, mango

Palate – Vanilla, honey, cherries, white pepper, cinnamon, damp wood

Nose with water – Unripe peach, lightly toasted, buttered bread, white chocolate – milky bar, fruit salad

Palate with water – Cherries, vanilla, cinnamon brioche, white pepper

This young Ben Nevis cask shows great potential, but would really benefit from a few more years of maturation. Without water, it is the nose that shines, with crisp cereal notes, honey and a hint of exotic fruit – pineapples and mango, and a distinct note of freshly sawn wood. The palate offers more honey, and mixes it up with cherry, vanilla, cinnamon and damp wood – like eating a fruity breakfast bowl in the garden on a wet morning.

With just a little water, the spirit opens up to deliver lightly buttered toast on the nose, with a touch of milky chocolate on the side and a dose of fruit salad. The palate with water gives us full on cherry pie – fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, white pepper, and nicely browned crust. It’s still a little undeveloped, so this would be one to lay down for the future. And when the time comes, the owner is in for a treat.

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.