Oban 12-year-old - Unblended Highland Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Octagonal Glass Decanter
Stated Age
12 years old
70 (proof)
757 ml
26 2/3 Fl.Ozs.
Added on
10 Jan 2013 12:45 pm

Average value

€ 577.41

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

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.10 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A standard 1970's botteling, John Hopkins & Co. Ltd. 70 proof. Much more complex than the current standard Oban 14 years.
    • Nose
      Malty and grassy. Dusty. Some cardboard. Also soft smokiness.
    • Taste
      Complex. Sweet barley, honey and peat intermingle very well. Later on the smoke becomes more intense. Some spice as well.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Delicate bitter-sweet fruitiness. Warming.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    With special thanks to Daan Tje for the given sample!

    Once in a while you get to taste something special. This bottle from the old days is one of those examples. Where a modern day Oban can’t seem to convince me, I am very curious to this old Oban
    • Nose
      Impressive nose! This is clearly a whole other quality then today’s 14yo. Despite of it’s low ABV, the nose definitely did not lose a thing in terms of full flavored, richness and complexity. Great stuff! Musty, dusty and dry cardboard. Way beyond it’s age. It would not surprise me if a big part of this 12yo is 20yo or up. There is herbal freshness and rich, sweet orchard fruits like red apple and tropical fruits like pineapple and kiwi. These are the types of noses I can completely loose myself for hours.
    • Taste
      Balanced, friendly and oily. Full flavored and impressively well bodied. Sweet apples and some orange. Mild spices like nutmeg, clove and a very light whiff of mild pepper. It came down to me before quite often. Those older ‘basic’ whiskies have so much more to offer on the palate then all those everyone’s friends one can buy from these days. This one gives me the same experience.
    • Finish
      A medium length finish that keeps developing. Golden berries, nutmeg, bourbon infused oak, a little dry at the very end but noting to be disturbed by. This is a highly palatable dram!

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87


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