Oban 12-year-old - Unblended Highland Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
12 years old
75 (proof)
757 ml
26 2/3 Fl.Ozs.
Bottled for
John Hopkins & Co Glasgow
Added on
06 Dec 2017 4:07 pm by lincolnimp

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Whisky Reviews for Oban 12-year-old - Unblended Highland Malt

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.25 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is like a rollercoaster, one mouthful I think its underpowered and a bit of a  bitter finish but then the next its vibrant, fruity and lovely.

    Oban 12 for a long time has been one of my favourite old style 10-12 year single malts, I love old Highland whisky.

    I have had a few of the later pyramid decanters but this is my first of the original square decanters.

    The glass stopper is completely useless and a very poor fit, the cork is quite shallow which might explain the drop in fill level

    I get it to anywhere from 85-90 points (a wide margin) but I am sentimental, others may not get it near that, but that's whisky I suppose.

    This whisky was bottled around 1970 so its distillate from the 1950's, Highland history for me.

    I would dearly like to know what the cask mix is?
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

     I want to award this a massive score but I think it has lost a little of its power (slightly low fill level in bottle) with some OBE and there is just a little bitterness and I mean a little but with this profile I want zero woody bitterness.

    Still in my view this is a good whisky and would be perfect if it had retained all its power.

    A few more glasses will give me a better perspective,  but first impression is a good one, imagine this at 50+ %, now there's a thought?

    I will not score this just yet as I am a little sentimental about old Oban 12, a little nostalgic, will take my whisky goggles off in a minute.
    • Nose
      Honey. lemon, apple, wafer, polish, lemon meringue, there are also definite coastal notes, brine, seashells etc.

      This smells old, smells zesty, citrusy and I love it, the fruits seem to grow in the glass.

      I just hope the palate keeps up.
    • Taste
      Its thick and oily, with loads of fruit skins, apple, plum and then the full fruits of mango, grapefruit, hints of apple and a little fresh peach.

      There is a little dryness and a little fruity/woody bitterness bit it all adds to an old Style coastal Highland Malt.

      There is a lot of fruit but its stewed fruit as opposed to sharp, cirtrus, zesty fruit.
    • Finish
      reasonable length, still vey fruity and it seems to have sweet spikes mixed in with icing sugar but then some drier bitter notes.


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