Oban Bay Reserve - The Night’s Watch

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Jan 2019 2:37 pm by Dirk

Average value

€ 86.47

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348 × member ratings

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

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.77 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. bvrsky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  5. Wolf68 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

  6. 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.

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  9. gustundag scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior


  10. 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.


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