Oban 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2013
Stated Age
21 years old
Rejuvenated American Oak and second fill ex-B
Number of bottles
58.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Sep 2013 12:16 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 844.26

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106 × member ratings

183 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban 21-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.01 points

  1. tribe did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    beware of any amount of fake whisky oban 21 Y US version 750ml without box in circulation. especially on Ebay and SWA. Capsule is another / bottleneck straight - wine bottle.

  2. dicembre29 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Oban 21 yo
    (58,5%, OB 2013, 2860 btl.)

    Nose: nice sweet toffee and buttery pastry notes at first. Honey. Maybe sugarcane. Then going towards waxy notes, grasses and finally also full-blown coastal notes like dried seaweed. Some leafy notes and mint. Hints of linseed oil and cinnamon as well. A great maritime nose, nicely balanced with sweetness. Mouth: again sweet and honeyed at the beginning, with some vanilla, but quickly turning spicy and surprisingly salty, while retaining its oily character. Mint chocolates. Dried citrus peel. Liquorice and ginger. Walnuts. Finish: long and slightly tangy. Salty and spicy, with brine but also nice echoes of fruits.

    I really liked this one for its coastalness, sweetness and a special je-ne-sais-quoi that sets it apart from other coastal distilleries. One of the better value offerings in the 2013 selection. Around € 280.

    Score: 91/100




  3. TsiAI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smell: As always, tropical fruits, citrus, then creamy chocolate, old wood and dust, mixed with a slight smoke, rose salt and caramel. 88/100
    Taste: lemon cake, orange zest, ginger pepper, white wood strips, sea salt toffee, the flavor is fuller, but the spicy, green and irritating are superfluous and conspicuous. 86/100
    Body: light body, fat degree is 85/100
    Ending rhyme: oak, orange peel, preserved fruit, cream 86/100
    Overall: 86/100, I was a bit drunk when I drank this wine at W+. The smell is really good, but the freshness of the entrance and the smell of new barrels are still easy to distinguish. I even suspected the age of the wine. Although the flavor combination is still equally pleasing, it is obviously a thunder with the blessing of wine age and SR.

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What for Clynelish fans, already has nice grades, but it lacks some power and depth, especially in the finish, for example.
    • Nose
      Chalk, dental floss, gentle salt on old, dried out wood, wax, linen sacks, has quite a bit of clynelish, pecans, macadamia nuts, pear, lemongrass, white tea
    • Taste
      Concentrated yellow fruit and cedarwood, vetiver, liquorice, ginger, lychee, pear, a hint of ash, net melon, mango chips, anise, grapes
    • Finish
      Eucalyptus, melon, pear, medium length

  5. Sandman23 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very intense barrel aromas, especially tannins. The actually expected maritime flashes only briefly. The aromas of the distillery are only partially evident. Quite a good whisky, but quite different from what I had hoped.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Phew, a decent alcoholic note first. It slowly evaporates, followed by spiciness and solvents. Over time, toasted aromas, vanilla, chocolate and liquorice appear. Later citrus fruit, pear and honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruity, spicy, but also salty and malty. The honey is there too. Intense alcohol and metal.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length alcohol. Coffee, liquorice and a bit of bitterness appear.

  7. Sb17sw scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice floral and orangy full bodied nose. But there is also a resemblance to Christmas spices in there.

    The taste is sweet and less peaty than anticipated.

    More peaty in the long leathery finish. Dry and salt as well.

    A very well balanced dram.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Rune Lykke scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This one is quite something.

    Nose: You get smoke and floral notes. If you put a drop of water in the Nose expands remarkably and reaches notes of a summer meadow, honey and heather

    Taste: Strong! full bodied, and warm- but not too much. I get notes of spices - but it is not as smoky as you would expect.

    I urge you to try it as it is. . both nose and taste. Then put a drop of water in, and try again both nose and tase.- i think you will be amazed.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. LENINOSLO did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Can not understand the price. Only nkr. 1.499 in Norway !!

  10. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Dominic Roskrow at the W Club: 

    Your impression of a malt whisky is often formed by personal experience, either of the distillery itself or of a memory built around the whisky. For this reason Oban is among my favourite distilleries. I love the malt, both as a 14-year-old and a 32-year-old, I have twice set out from the port on the Classic Malts cruise. I love the dinky Whisky Shop in the town and I consider sipping a pint and a whisky chaser while watching the ferries set out for the islands to be among life’s great pleasures. Oban is a portal to the West coast and is vibrant, busy and dynamic, which is exactly how I feel about the wee distillery tucked away behind the High Street and its wonderful whisky.

    This one, then, faced considerable scrutiny – and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s a 90-plus drinking delight. Straight away it slaps your mouth and demands that you take it seriously as  peaty whisky, something that can be overlooked. Then it shows off, revealing some red liquorice whisky rancio, and unfurling an oral display of green fruits including gooseberry, sweet pear and apple. Some oaky spiciness reveals its age, but is offset by a touch of spearmint. Wonderful.

    Link: http://www.thewclub.co.uk/what-i-liked-by-dominic-roskrow-9/


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