Ben Nevis McDonalds Traditional Single Malt
Ben Nevis McDonalds Traditional is a special edition dedicated to the 185th anniversary of the founder John McDonald. He was then also known as “Long John McDonald” because of his extraordinary height of 1.93 m. The design of the bottle is similar to one of the historical bottles, the McDonald’s Traditional from 1880. (We will deliver the new design, which is on the cover picture, the old one is meanwhile unfortunately sold.)
How does it taste?
This smoky single malt is mainly aged in sherry barrels. It has a wonderful floral and fruity aroma of dried fruits and raisins, accompanied by a peat smoke content of around 30 ppm. This interesting Scotch creation was awarded at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2004. It is not colored and not chill-filtered and bottled with 46% of alcohol.
Where does it come from?
John McDonald founded the Ben Nevis distillery in 1825. It is located in Fort William, below Scotland’s highest mountain, the Ben Nevis, at 1345 m. It consists of millions of years old magmatic rock and is often surrounded by mist, even in summer.
Between 1955 and 1981, Ben Nevis mainly produced grain whisky. However, from 1981, the new owner Whitbread completely returned to the production of malt whisky.
After four years of closure, Ben Nevis has been part of the Japanese Nikka distillery since 1990. They bought Ben Nevis to produce smoky Scottish whisky for their own blends.
However, some very good original single malts are still produced at Ben Nevis. The Ben Nevis McDonalds Traditional is a good representative of this portfolio.
Under Japanese ownership, however, the focus is no longer on producing own single malts. Not much is invested in advertising and sales. The single malts from Ben Nevis are therefore a very special tip for interested connoisseurs.
Have also a view at our tasting videos and enjoy the background articles in our blog “All about Whisky”.
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Nose: A cocktail of ripe peaches and apricots, juicy oranges and papaya, framed by the scent of an oriental spice bazaar
Palate: strong peat smoke covers dark chocolate, oily and soft on the tongue, then develops the spiciness of oak wood and finally sweet toffee and honey notes
Finish: Long-lasting smoke with traces of coffee and spices