Review: Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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Sherry, refill, new oak, and "small" oak casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Oban (Oban,Scotland)

I like Oban. Whenever someone asks for a classic, easy Scotch, I often think Oban. This is a non-age-statement (NAS) offering from the distillery which has historically just released its classic 14 year old and a finished distiller’s edition. As with the other Diageo-owned distilleries, a NAS offering has been put forward from Oban (like with Talisker with the Storm or Caol Ila with the Moch).

The whisky is matured in european oak sherry, refill casks, and new oak casks before being married in small oak casks.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L7282CM011 00012784

  • Bottling Date: 2017

A clean, fruity nose - light tropical fruits (pineapple, breadfruit, banana, and guava), mixed orange and lemon peel, baked apples, vanilla, creme brulee, white pepper, dried ginger, and pear. It has a growing nose of dried fruit and spice (that’s the sherry cask) with even more orange. Light earthiness integrated as well...quite nice. The palate has toffee, pear, light malt, lightly toasted bread, marmelade, with a slight earthiness and smoke towards the finish. It comes together very nicely. Slightly earthy on the finish with pear, good maltiness, clove, and toffee. Ever so lightly bitter. Kudos for staying above 40%.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $100.