31 × in wishlist
435 × member ratings
3323 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Oban Bay Reserve - The Night’s Watch
50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.66 points
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A very solid dram!
Light smoke, mineral, a little citrus, malt sweetness, a little marzipan in between
Sweet, again mineral and citrus-heavy, gentle smoke, creamy, very slightly dry
Citrus and minerality, oak spice together with creamy smoke
- 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.