Ben Nevis 1996 The Single Malts of Scotland (23 Years Old) is a single cask whisky from the Ben Nevis distillery in the Scottish Highlands. It was distilled on 19 April 1996 and matured in hogshead #536 for exactly 23 years. The cask was selected by the Belgian whisky importer The Nectar and bottled on 19 April 2019 by Elixir Distillers for their The Single Malts of Scotland range. Only 249 bottles have been released. The Ben Nevis distillery was founded in 1825 by Angus McDonnell, and was taken over a couple of years later by ‘Long John’ McDonald. He got this nickname thanks to his extraordinary height: 1.93m (or 6’4), which was quite a feat in the early 19th century. Coincidentally, Ben Nevis is also the highest mountain in the British Islands!