Oban Bay Reserve - The Night’s Watch

Overall rating
82.87/100
votes
507
Whiskybase ID
WB124500
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Bottled
17.12.2018
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L8351LT017
Barcode
5000267173795
Added on
14 jan 2019 2:37 pm by Dirk
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 106.50

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Whisky reviews for Oban Bay Reserve - The Night’s Watch

53 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.87 points.

  1. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. It's not too oily.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A gentle ash, very delicate. Dust. Some minerality. Lots of fresh fruit underneath. The fruit of the orchard. Stones by the seashore, but not that much salt. Citrus. Sweetness. Honey and vanilla. Apples, rather green or fresh, juicy red. More fruit on the other nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweetness. Fresh fruit. The fruit of the orchard. Dust. Minerality. Maybe even ash. Smoke traces. More clearly than on the nose. Then some sweets again. Roasted caramel. Slight bitterness of the barrel. Traces of fruit again. Heavily fired barrel. Bitter chocolate. Delicate spice. It is not oily.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Light sweetness. Caramel. A hint of vanilla. Maybe some honey. Then bitterness. A bit of a barrel. Dark chocolate. Slightly warming up. Delicate spice. A pinch of spices. Medium-length finish, maybe medium-long.

  2. Malthead19 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    - an oak wall unit for drinking
    - slain by oak, but very own character
    - is definitely NOT the same whisky as the Little Bay!
    - if you stand on it, he is not with the Lagavulin 9 J
    only the most expensive of the GoT series, but also belongs to
    the "better" of the series
    - but he still remains well below the (mine)
    expectations
    - PLV: with 75€ is unfortunately a curve joke and much too expensive,
    is not related
    • Nose
      sweet soft fruity first impression, dark fruits, apricot, spicy oak, very round and balanced
    • Taste
      first a powerful fruity start and then the oak wall unit hits, so much oak, the full broad side oak wall unit, at the back there is a slight sweetness of caramel / toffee
    • Finish
      powerful, medium-length spicy finish;
      long, strongly oak-heavy aftertaste

  3. LordIslay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Price-performance ratio is definitely right here.
    Apple and pears dominate from the nose to the finish.
    Surprisingly good dram!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. chrisyeo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose - caramel sweetness, malty, with some gentle floral kind of note, felt there is some sherry or cherry like at the back
    Palate - sweetness first , then it give you some sort of glowing texture with some zestyness, some tingling pepperish feeling followed, perfumed like texture, slight oaky wood
    Finish - short finish, lingering scented , some woody bitterness

    Thank you Danny for the dram
    • Nose
      caramel sweetness, malty, with some gentle floral kind of note, felt there is some sherry or cherry like at the back
    • Taste
      sweetness first , then it give you some sort of glowing texture with some zestyness, some tingling pepperish feeling followed, perfumed like texture, slight oaky wood
    • Finish
      short finish, lingering scented , some woody bitterness

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. rud1no scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. McMoulis scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Vince scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A bit on the dull side. Some highlands profile, but caramel and a very shallow palate and short finish let it down.
    I think I prefer the standard 14yo I tried years ago. Too bad, the bottle appearance was quite interesting.

  10. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very solid dram!
    • Nose
      Light smoke, mineral, a little citrus, malt sweetness, a little marzipan in between
    • Taste
      Sweet, again mineral and citrus-heavy, gentle smoke, creamy, very slightly dry
    • Finish
      Citrus and minerality, oak spice together with creamy smoke

  12. JOEWE scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    4th bottle from the game of Thrones series that I drink.
    Is a bit firmer than the singleton, dalwhinnie or the royal lochnagar.
    Pleasant nose with a bit of a cherry scent. Also called a light smoke odor.
    In terms of taste, fresh, sweet, sweet, little to no caramel.
    Aftertaste a smoky taste.

  13. snaotheus scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Lots of fruit, maybe some sherry, moderate or light smoke. Burns a bit on the smell.
    • Taste
      Smoke and grapes up front, some vanilla and oak.
    • Finish
      The finish, more grains and husk, still a modest but not ignorable thread of smoke. Definitely some wood, maybe some leather or dry fruit.

  14. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
      Whiff of smoke? and alcohol, burnt sugar, fresh oak ...
    • Taste
      75 75
      slightly spicy, sweet, hint of alcoholic, slightly hot, also here burnt sugar aromas, hint of honey
    • Finish
      74 74
      at first slightly spicy and alcoholic, then soft, some dried fruits, sweetish, later slightly tart to slightly bitter, becoming dry, oak ...

      Conclusion: young, not really successful, far too expensive!

  15. bvrsky scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Sea salt, apricots, ginger, Naan bread.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruit, nutmeg but creamy some fudges and marzipan.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long spicy finish with sweetness which is killed by some bitterness at the end.

  16. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  17. Wolf68 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

  18. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting whisky, a very rich and complex aroma, many shades and half-tones, taste / finish are at first lagging behind, but they reduce the distance in development, with all the variety of derivatives, it is generally very strict and conservative.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, first nose - floral-fruity; processed wood, raisins, tropical fruits, wood dust, animal fat, deep-frying oil, in which something sweet was fried, floral-honey tones, lemonade notes, monpansier candies, lemon peel, light mineral shades.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, sweet-woody, with light, tart shades of bark, raisins, tropical fruits, soft pepper wave, lemon peel, grain, Koch-i-nor pencils.
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, less sweet, oak, bark, nuts, a little raisins, herbal shades, tobacco, leather goods, ginger.

  19. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    15-11-2019
    • Nose
      74 74
      pepper, spices, fruit, orange
    • Taste
      77 77
      pepper, spices, fruit, orange, hint of (sea) salt
    • Finish
      76 76
      pepper, spices, fruit, orange, hint of (sea) salt

  21. gustundag scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Caramel
    Sherry
    Salty

  22. The_Independent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Raised from 84p to 86po in retasting. Mean 85p.
    • Nose
      Heavy, sweet, leathery, spicy, some wax. Oranges, yellow fruits, honey. Looks very dense and intense.
    • Taste
      Full and oily, sweet, light fruit, some bitterness, spice and a little salt.
    • Finish
      Medium length, creamy mouthfeel, slight tingling. Dark chocolate, nut. At the end a little mint.

  23. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. Othorion scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  25. breflex scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Pleasantly thick.
    Fruity, with oily mounthfeel.
    One of the best of the range.

  26. breflex scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Pleasantly thick.
    Fruity, with oily mounthfeel.
    One of the best of the range.

  27. KeesD scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
      Vanilla, sugar, very sweet and friendly
    • Taste
      94 94
      Smooth, honey, a bit nutty, just very pleasant and friendly, tastefull.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Just like the nose and the taste, maybe a bit short, but a very pleasant whisky.

  28. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. Rom scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Nose quite fruity: pear, quince, caramel and a hint of strawberry and coconut.
    The fruit makes a flash appearance on the attack and then faints instantly. Then the mouth becomes bitter, on caramel. Aqueous texture.
    Short final with some bitterness.
    Not very interesting except for the nose, quite pleasant.

  30. maltandgrains scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Fresh and relatively fruity. Caramel comes through with swirling the glass, as does some salt.
    • Taste
      80 80
      A spicy and oaky taste, with the sweetness of the nose still coming through.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Warm and well-rounded finish, with a slight tint of tobacco left to linger.

  31. Karstman scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Lovely nose, but the rest doesn't follow. No big flaws and not unpleasant just a week dram.

  32. McMike scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    It could be a good Oban. A bit fruity, a pleasant sweetness, a hint of maritime notes, a tiny hint of smoke. But in the sum of everything a little too little. Even if it sounds bad: This Oban is on the verge of a good blend. To warm up for night watchman in order, to enjoy only in moderation.

  33. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice not too monotonous Malt, definitely one of the better from the GOT series. I like it.
    • Nose
      There is quite a bit over there, intense yellow fruit, behind a light tobacco note with a hint of smoke, slightly acidic, slightly grassy, some spice, more and more sweetness, as of dried fruit, a touch of nut, which makes me think briefly of trail mix, after the first sip he literally glows in the nose
    • Taste
      slightly watery, starts creamy and sweet, then head-on the yellow fruit, peach, salt, a little bitter wood, slightly dirty, tobacco
    • Finish
      behind back also the light smoke, the mouth is covered, more acid, now definitely oak, a slight freshness makes in the mouth wide, pleasant and nice counterpart to the sweetness in the start

  34. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    Unfortunately the palate doesn't follow the nose...
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh, fruity, pears, green apples, little woody
    • Taste
      82 82
      Punchy, salty, some seaweed, green tea, also some black tea
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long, warm

  35. Bosi scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    A sensible dram that had potential for more. The Oban brings a lot of a good maritime Highlander with: some smoke, light fruit, maritime notes, but unfortunately everything is a little too short and forgotten too quickly.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The first impression is quite fruity for an Oban: green and red apples paired with pears and limes. Later, notes of caramel and a light maritime salt flavor are added.
    • Taste
      76 76
      The fruitiness is in the taste only gossamer to recognize and dominate light pepper notes, some smoke in conjunction with sweet tobacco and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      76 76
      The finish is expected to be short to medium in length and there will be a hint of smoke, some earthy notes, oak and a sweet bitterness.

  36. d-evil scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    heavy, but sweet and fruity

  37. detachedblue scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Immensely sweet, honey, waxy
    • Taste
      Pear drop, simple young, sweet and smooth
    • Finish
      Medium, peppery, mint

  38. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. schengel10 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    A very idiosyncratic, interesting, decent Oban!
    Dominant oak; recognizable youth; own character;
    • Nose
      sweet, soft, yellow fruits (apricots), little vanilla, spicy oak, looks very round and balanced;
    • Taste
      powerful fruity onset, then the oak tree beats; strong, spicy, intense oak; some sweetness in the back (caramel, toffee);
    • Finish
      powerful mid-long spicy finish; long, strongly oak-rich finish;

  40. grinface scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    One could be very excited about a Oban special release. This one does not deliver very good. There a some nice hints of fruit, salt and smoke. Overall no legendary material and so:
    First round looser in my little GoT battles. Lost against the Lannister Lagavulin. Details (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/04/16/lannister-vs-the-nights-watch-lagavulin-vs-oban/

  41. stefsel111 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  42. toklian scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F20 B20

    NO: Oban

  43. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20 21 20 21 82

    Dust in the nose, unexpectedly ...
    Further better ... overall not bad, good whisky

  44. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N- Chocolate with cola, retro Hudson berries candy. Sweet maltose and fruits brings comfort to the nose, chalky in the middle with toasted white oak and white winery characters. Earthy side shows up for depth, some dry weeds, some farm-y and some distant bonfire overtone, even sort of cheesy lurking. Agile with multi fragrances interplay. (88/22)

    P- Sweet delivery along with well zest-ed intense fruitiness, plenty of body to hold with rising nuance of toasted malt and oaks reaching the nose, always a sign from a good malt. (87/21)

    F- Medium-long, pleasantly spicy and chewy, sweet peat and nutmeg are felt with spice and lasting fine oaks. (89/22)

    B/B- 87/21

    Cereal- 3, Fruity-3, Floral- 2, Peaty- 1, Feinty- 1, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 2, Spicy- 1

    Weighted Rate- 86pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Chocolate with cola, retro Hudson berries candy. Sweet maltose and fruits brings comfort to the nose, chalky in the middle with toasted white oak and white winery characters. Earthy side shows up for depth, some dry weeds, some farm-y and some distant bonfire overtone, even sort of cheesy lurking. Agile with multi fragrances interplay. (88/22)
    • Taste
      P- Sweet delivery along with well zest-ed intense fruitiness, plenty of body to hold with rising nuance of toasted malt and oaks reaching the nose, always a sign from a good malt. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, pleasantly spicy and chewy, sweet peat and nutmeg are felt with spice and lasting fine oaks. (89/22)

      B/B- 87/21

      Cereal- 3, Fruity-3, Floral- 2, Peaty- 1, Feinty- 1, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 2, Spicy- 1

      Weighted Rate- 86pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  45. dandan798 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      fruit, heather, citrus, custard, marmalade, berries
    • Taste
      85 85
      fruit, heather, berries, apple, pear, grapes, honey, pepper, vanilla, citrus
    • Finish
      83 83
      sweet, fruit, apple, berries, citrus, salt, vanilla, honey

  46. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The Wall

    The odd one out in the series as it does not represent one of the Great Houses of Westeros, but the Night’s Watch, those dudes pledged to celibacy and the guarding of The Wall in The North against the White Walkers (and by that I mean the bad guys in Game of Thrones and not the bad whisky by Johnnie Walker). The bottle has the same black livery as the guards. I secretly hope this is a great Oban, but somehow I fear this might just be the Little Bay in a new jacket.

    While the nose does show some maritime traits, it is dominated by gingerbread, apricots, oranges and sultanas. Some shoe polish, tobacco leaves and a hint of maraschino cherries. A bit waxy. This is just fine!

    Good body. Creamy and round. The fruit returns, but is joined with some nutmeg, black pepper and cinnamon. Some mint. A very malty heart and a sweet note, drying a bit as it lingers on the palate. Dark caramel. Marzipan and salted caramel. I quite like this.

    The medium long to long finish still offers up spices, while the sweet notes are overcome by salty notes. A bitterness at the death.

    Nope, this is not the same as Little Bay. More body, more character. Better.

  47. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Super fruity nose
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. Falnor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    "Night gathers, and now my watch begins ......., for this night and all the nights to come."
    An epic pledge, but sadly a bit long for whiskybase. Does this oban will hold it's own or crumble under the weight of this serie?
    • Nose
      81 81
      This one keeps you warm at the wall. Good dry sherry that is well intergrated with the whisky. Autumn leaves, pine and some cigarboxes. Some saltiness is included and citrus fruit.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Dark caramel, some chocolate and rounder than expected. Some almond with marzipan. Green apples and a little moss. Ginger with some cloves in the back.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Lot's of spices and a decent sweetness. This is one of the better ones in the game of trones series of whisky. Most of them are not that pleasant, this one is good enough.
      My watch, I mean dram has ended.

  49. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pretty pleasant whisky, with a better and fruitier nose than body and taste.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Pretty fresh odour, with some salty elements. Tropical fruits, pineapple, floral as well. Some perfumed stuff, and even chlorine (like being in a indoor pool).
    • Taste
      83 83
      Start with some pepper, later on more smooth. Sweet, caramel, honey, a bit of peach.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A little pepper left, sweet, honey, caramel, sweet fruits, peach. Middle long.

  50. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but young and not the best balances from Oban.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Floral. Waxy apple, sour cherry, orange peel and pineapple.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Powerful. Caramel, spicy oak, fruits, citruses, marzipan and rosehip.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium lebgth, dry, bittersweet.

  51. GlasMost scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Excellent stuff for my windscreen washer liquid tank!

    N: Flowery fruity nose, fresh, do I smell perfume?

    T: Spirity, very young, toffee, oak,

    F: No noticeable finish. Reminded me of some standard blends for around 20 €

    Not worth the money. Complete ripp off i.m.h.o

  52. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  54. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Salty nose with quite a lot of red fruit. Some pineapple and kiwi in there as well. A hint of fresh tobacco and even some candle wax in there. There's even a small touch of nailpolish remover in there ... or is my wife doing her nails ????
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste starts of really waxy. The profile consist of marzipan. A slightly sour candy touch. Some salty caramel goes really well with a hint of red fruits ... i'm thinking juniper.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is quite long ane has a certain dryness to it. Marzipan staying in the mouth for quite some time, a wonderful combination with the slightly bitter and woody mouthfeel. After a few minutes the fresh tobacco comes in the mouth again ... and just to be clair ... I'm a non-smoker ????

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