Another of Diageo’s Classic Malts, Oban represents the West Highland region.
The small town of Oban is known for two things: excellent seafood, and superb single malt whisky.
Oban has small, onion shaped stills, which would usually lead to a heavier single malt. However, Oban runs their stills very slowly, and runs its worm tubs hot, so that the spirit has plenty of copper contact, making for a lighter distillate. When mature, Oban’s spirit shows flashes of its maritime setting, with a distinct salinity.
Following 14 years of maturation, this whisky delivers flavours of black tea, slight tar, seaweed, bananas, citrus rind, rich oak, gristy malt, sea spray, vanilla, a touch of heathery smoke, flowers, peach and red apple.
A must try dram for all serious whisky fans.
Nose: Rich maltiness, followed by a wave of distant woodsmoke and seaspray. Vanilla and dried fruit take the fore, with some bergamot and warm hay.
Palate: Salted caramel fills the palate. Sweet citrus rind and apples. More sea spray and smoke returns, with fruit cake. Slight cask funk.
Finish: Medium long with nice sweet-savoury balance.
Overall: A lovely maritime whisky, with not too much iodine or seaweed. Balanced, malty and rich, this is a simple pleasure which rewards drinkers with hidden complexities.