"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.
The best of the Highlands and coastal influences.
Rich peat smoke and spicy wood come quickly to the fore, backed by the sweet opulence of soft, ripe fruit: bananas, pears, plums.
Medium bodied full and rich, with good legs.
An immediate, mouth-filling sweetness balanced by an attractive smoky-malty dryness, with sea salt centre stage. A splash of water softens the spicy edges and rounds the whole.
Long, smooth and sweet, becoming oaky-dry with slivers of dark chocolate and salted caramel.
"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