"An appetizing dram like a dried fruit cake. Rich and malty. A drop of water will be enough to cheer it up. More knocks it down."Martine Nouet 2008, Whisky Magazine, Issue 69
The dried fig and honey flavours of Oban Distiller's Edition reveal themselves with a few drops of water.
Taste the character and craft in every drop.
Outstanding. Fruity and pungent; sea salt with crushed grapes, orange zest and hints of smoke. Massively complex.
Most explosive Oban ever. Soft malt then wave upon wave of delicate yet rich fruit notes on a tide of brine.
Sweetened Jamaican coffee and oak, with an attractive malt-biscuit effect as it dies down.
Age: Varies. Double matured in Montilla Fino cask wood
Strength: 43% ABV
Place of Origin: Oban
Region: West Highland
in brief… Salty sea breezes, crashing waves of fruit, malty aftermath.
in a sentence... Fruity, pungent, seriously complex whisky of the very highest order – a glorious zesty nose and masses of sweet fruit attack complemented by salt and chewy, roasty caramel malt.
Fruity and pungent, yet it is the coastal sea-breeze effect which really captures the imagination. Oban often has a salty tinge to its character, here accentuated with crushed fresh grape juice, orange zest and a hint of smoke adding to the massive complexity. This is outstanding.
The most explosive Oban ever. Starts with soft malt, then wave upon wave of delicate yet rich fruit notes pounds the tastebuds. They are carried in on a tide of brine, squaring impressively with the chewy malt.
Not so long as the big start on the palate might suggest, but lots of slightly sweetened (with Demerara sugar) Jamaican coffee and oak to start, leaving an attractive malt-biscuit effect as it dies down.
2010 - 2011
2008 - 2009
2007 & 2009
"This vintage edition of Oban was distilled in 1999 and finished in montilla fino sherry casks, which lend a greater richness and complexity to the Oban house style without detracting from its essential characteristics. It was bottled in 2014. The nose is fragrant, with musky pineapple, and salted caramel. Silky on the palate, with Seville oranges, ginger nuts, and cloves, plus a faint suggestion of brine. Persistent orange and dry spice notes in the oaky, medium-length finish."
Gavin Smith, Whisky Advocate Summer 2015
"This is clearly Oban. Time in Montilla fino casks hasn’t diminished the fresh fruitiness. The orange zestiness has also been retained. Like the ‘Kinchie, what the finish has done is allow the palate to thicken out and show what seems like a more mature personality. A new heavy floral note emerges. All in all, there is greater concentration and ripeness with an added ginger note. Another edition that improves on the original."
Dave Broom, Whisky Advocate Summer 2012