All in all better than I expected (and no signs of virgin oak here - okay: 12 years ago the cask supply crisis had not started yet). We will see if Ben Nevis can keep this good profile through the next years to come...
The colour is pale gold with a texture of a few fast legs with almost no tears at all. The nose offers surprisingly some OBF - so did they really add some older casks to this batch? (I cannot believe this, but maybe some were fallen below 40% abv. At least the tour guide still stated this issue and it is nice to see a distillery without a perfect cask management even today - what is good for us drinkers). I like that!
The body is light and mellow on a sweet vanilla and fruity profile, I would call this okayish...
It arrives very smooth and gentle on the palate without any hot or drying moments, better than some of the recently tasted single malts - another nice surprise. The finish is sweet and a little peppery but rather short.