The town of Oban is also known as the 'Gateway to the Isles'. Two brothers, the Stevensons settled here in 1778 and greatly enriched the hamlet, as it was then, with their business activities ranging from slate quarrying to shipbuilding. In 1794 Hugh Stevenson built the Oban Distillery, hiring an experienced Lowland distiller to manage the whole operation.
Oban: Oban is made using only the finest barley, malted to the distillery's own particular specification. Partly germinated barley is gently dried in a kiln where a light peat smoke gives the malt a distinctive character
Oban Distillery - Photo Courtesy of Oban
and taste. The result is the smoky, malty dryness in the flavor and finish of Oban.
Oban Single Malt Scotch 14 Year
The distillery remained in the hands of the family until 1866 and was eventually
acquired by one Walter Higgin (1883). By this time Oban was a busy port with
wool, whisky, slate, and kelp being shipped to Liverpool and Glasgow by
steamship. The railway also brought in a new wave of prosperity to the area:
tourism with the first scheduled passenger trains arriving from Glasgow in 1880.
Oban, the gateway to the Isles, is a sheltered West Highland harbor town steeped
in Gaelic history. A sip of Oban evokes a cliff-side coastal village where a
hint of sea mingles with the slightly smoky flavor of peat.
This misty, briny character, with a background of heather and peat, is perfectly echoed in the malt whisky produced at Oban. A compromise between the power of Islay malts and the elegance of Speyside, with dryness and smokiness along with flowery, herbal tastes.
Deep gold. Fragrant, sweet, with a whiff of smoke. Smooth, medium, rich; Palate: round, warming, malty, with delicate peaty undertones.
Long, fruity and smooth, with an afterglow like a Western Highland twilight.
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Oban Distillers Edition Single Malt Whisky is aged for 14 years in oak casks.
During this beauty rest, the whisky is touched by its environment and geography
— the warm, salty Gulf Stream and mild, temperate climate of Oban are reflected
in the whisky. After its initial maturation, the whisky is double-barreled, or
finished, in ex-Montilla Fino sherry casks. The founders of Oban distillery were
entrepreneurs who imported and exported goods for which they could sense a
demand. They would have approved of the Spanish influence brought to bear in
this Montilla Fino cask wood finish. The sherry casks add notes of dried fruits,
particularly cherries and strawberries, to the whisky, and complement its notes
of light, peaty smoke. Oban Distillers Edition Single Malt Whisky has a fruity
nose, with hints of grapes, citrus and a touch of smoke. The flavor is full and
rich, with complex notes of tangy salt, butterscotch, caramel and toffee, which
ultimately lead to a lingering, smoky and sweet finish. Oban is situated at the
frontier between the Western Highlands and Islay of Scotland — the whisky has
the lighter, sweeter notes of Scotland's Highlands region, while still
possessing the dry, smoky style of Islay.
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