Ben Nevis 42 yo 1968/2010 (40.0%, The Whisky Agency, Private Stock, Bourbon Hogshead, 101 bottles) Three stars and a half Colour: full gold. Nose: ha-ha! There’s the same citrus character as in the Hart, with several tropical fruits as well such as, yes, mangos and passion fruits. Those notes are less big than in the Hart Bros but on the other hand, there’s no varnish so this is considerably nicer. Also the same great notes of high-end oolong, hints of sorrel, lime juice, crushed fresh mint leaves and tangerines. Light and beautifully fresh at 42 years of age, and very elegant. Let’s only hope the palate will easier than both the G&M’s and the HB’s. Mouth: hmm… It’s certainly less whacky and kind of cleaner than the others, but on the other hand the oakiness is rather bigger. You know, this feeling of ‘over-infused tea’. Apart from that, the citrusy notes are very nice, and so are the mangos, grapefruits and green bananas. There’s more and more cinnamon on your tongue after a while and a feeling of big tannicity. Finish: medium long, in the same vein. Comments: the best within the flight and by far, no question about that. It is, in fact, extremely good old malt whisky but the tannins have taken control in my opinion. Or am I too sensitive to tannicity? SGP:471 - 84 points.