Another top-notch Distillers Edition whisky from Oban and Diageo.
Distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2017, the whisky has been finished in Fino sherry casks from the Montilla region.
Montilla is a town found to the east of the better known sherry heartland of Jerez. Montilla’s fortified wines are far less well known outside Spain, with just 10 out of 170 producers exporting their wares. The region’s drier wines (Fino and Amontillado – the latter of which is named after the town) are particularly prized for their quality.
The drier, fragrant and savoury style of Fino makes it an excellent fit for the coastal profile of Oban’s malt.
This whisky offers up notes of oat porridge, coriander, grassy malt, green apple, white wine, sea salt, peppery spice, marzipan, dried fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, pastry and vanilla.
Whilst most distillers prefer the sweeter Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez sherries for adding flavour to whisky, this is a terrific example of what a good quality Fino cask can provide.