Review: Mount Everest Whisky

Review: Mount Everest Whisky

Chances are you’ll never encounter Mount Everest Whisky*, lest you decide to hike to Base Camp 1 by yourself. I certainly didn’t, but somehow this bottle made it back despite my laziness, and it’s sat unopened in a Marin cottage for years undisturbed.

Naturally when I encountered it over Easter weekend I had to crack it open, just to see what on earth Mount Everest Whisky was all about.

At it’s heart, it’s blended Scotch. The bottle claims it is a concoction of “Scottish whisky and Nepalese alcohol of the highest quality,” neither of which probably mean a lot. The Scottish component here is clearly very young, and the Nepalese alcohol, of who knows what origin, lends a hard medicinal character to the spirit and no body to speak of at all. At 85.6 proof, it’s got enough legs to get you up to Base Camp 1… but it certainly won’t get you to the summit.

It’s not altogether awful. There’s some maltiness and charm in here, to be sure, but on the whole it’s a novelty whisky that’s probably not really meant to be consumed but rather to be admired and sealed forever.

* No, I’m not talking the Glenmorangie Mount Everest Special Edition, an unrelated spirit.

C / $NA

Mount Everest Whisky




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Anthony on August 24, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I once had this in a pub in Appledore, Devon. My Father and I still joke about how it ‘blew our tops off’ that evening. Got me interested in Scotch for the first time, and I’ve never looked back.

  2. Craig Hassall on April 1, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I trekked Base camp in 2000 and 2005 and bought several bottles back. It is now Easter 2013 and I have just cracked bottle – it is quite nice!! If anyone has a bottle in their cabinet – Open it!!

  3. Marco on January 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I remember having paid about 7 US dollars(!) for this bottle back in 2000. Was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. Outstanding price/quality:-)

  4. Stephen McCabe on January 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    My mate Alec brought back a wee bottle of Everest Whisky about 10 years ago, and I have just found it in my cupboard. I normally drink whisky but googled this in case it was hooch made with methanol. So after finding this site and seeing that it’s safe I poured a glass. Not bad, as Christopher said, it’s a bit medicinal but not in a good way like the Islay malts, but it’s decent enough. I think I would appreciate it more stuck out in the wilds of the Himalaya.

  5. Alan Hill on June 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Hi can you buy Everest whiskey in Ireland???? Would love to try it…..
    Thank you

  6. Andrew Bruske on November 27, 2018 at 8:26 am

    It’s “really meant to be consumed but rather to be admired”? Sorry, at 200 rupees a bottle ($5) even on the trail to EBC, it’s meant to be consumed in the evening after a long day’s hike!

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