"Harmonious as a water colour. A full display of soft flavours. A lovely springtime whisky to enjoy with red fruit."Martine Nouet 2008, Whisky Magazine, Issue 76
Oban 18 Years Old is best served neat in a tumbler, perhaps with a little cool spring water.
An appetisingly acidic nose – acid drops, lemon juice, ozone – with a hint of char behind and vague beach smells. With water it becomes more perfumed, artificial floral scents, air freshener. Clean, fresh and breezy.
Pleasant mouth feel. Acidity dominates.
Fresh and slightly spritz: traces of peach and acid drops. This fades gently as it develops, but a delicate lavender-like perfume remains.
Medium length, with a trace of char in the aftertaste.
"I really like it, despite a style that's maybe a little, say unusual, as if it hasn't found itself yet. But does that mean anything?"
Serge Valentin 2013, whiskyfun.com
"Drier, less toffee and fruit, more dried spice and oak when compared to the standard Oban 14 year old. A beautiful combination of rich, nutty toffee balanced by polished oak, salt, pepper, seaweed, distant smoke, and dried fruit. Somewhat oily in texture. Wonderful depth, too! An improvement on what is already the biggest-selling Diageo single malt scotch in the U.S. Very exciting and dynamic."
John Hansell, Whisky Advocate Winter 2008