Color: light gold.
Body: dense oily.
Nose: Incredibly clean, fresh, with mineral undertones, complex, with interesting nuances not found in every whisky. As soon as I opened the bottle, aromas of honeycombs, wax, caramel, lacquered furniture were heard from it. In the glass, these aromas are no longer so pronounced. Citrus notes are strong here, moreover, not sweet, sour or bitter, but something in between, probably a pomelo with a piece of orange peel is most suitable for this description. Subtle nuances of pineapple and papaya, some flowers (lilies?), lavender soap, the smell of rarefied air after rain (ozone), golden apples also add freshness to the aromatics. Sea salt and a slight tobacco smoke make this whisky related to island malts. Well, very small hints of dried fruits (dried apricots and prunes), hazelnuts, ginger, baked chestnut, baked potatoes in coals are also present.
Taste: not as bright as aromatics, calm, but also memorable, dry, bitter, slightly smoky. It starts with sweet notes of vanilla, pineapple, pomelo, then salted caramel, notes of white wine (albariño) enter. Followed by long spicy, bitter notes of citrus zest, ginger, anise, mint, burnt wood, coffee. And in the end, everything is again replaced by sweet fruits (dried apricots, yellow apples and pears).
Finish: medium length, spicy-sweet, very dry. Ground black pepper, mint, ginger, dried apricots, peach.
This whisky, it seems to me, is intended primarily for lovers and enthusiasts who love to sit with a glass for a while, look for different undertones and nuances in taste and aroma. Moreover, it seems that a person needs a certain experience in the world of whisky in order to sufficiently "understand" this sample, it is not as simple as it may seem. I have also noticed that it "behaves" differently under different circumstances of use and changes slightly depending on the mood of the drinker. It is also interesting that different tasters often find in this whisky the most exotic flavors that would not even come to mind to another person. In general, the whisky turned out at Oban is not quite standard and this is interesting.