Oban 21-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
21 years old
Rejuvenated American Oak and second fill ex-Bodega Casks
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

€ 1082,84

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156 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban 21-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.35 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. Sb17sw scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.
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  4. 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.
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    • Finish
      91 91

  5. LENINOSLO did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  6. 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/

  7. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    scored impressive 91 points from Ruben @Whiskynotes.be

  8. Bastafari did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Producer`s Tasting Notes:
    Appearance: Polished beech-wood; richer and deeper in sunlight. Moderate beading.
    Nose: Full, accessible and oily, with rich caramel notes
    embracing sweet, ripe apples set in burnt pastry yet also with fresh and
    cleansing maritime notes; fragrant dried seaweed, hot sand dunes. Then
    darker, linseed-oil-rich
    aromas like those found at a furniture restorers lead to a briefly
    salty, then spicy, aromatic conclusion. Its more complex and sweetly
    rounded with water, with lighter caramel, more ripe autumn fruit, and a
    trace of smoke, delivering a pleasurable, moreish
    Body: Rich.
    Palate: Warming overall, the dense, oily texture
    beautifully coating and liqueur-like. The taste is first sweet, with
    fruity vanilla toffee, then salty, with pistachio shells, and burnt
    pastry. Becomes sweeter and less salty:
    less the old sea-dog! Mouth-cleansing, cool and fresh, and drying.
    Water emphasises the cooling, sweet and salty notes; rich dark chocolate
    and minty smoke.
    Finish: Lengthy and drying, starting sweet and savoury with
    raspberry juice, dark smooth chocolate, ginger and clove, yet with an
    attractive salty, oily aftertaste, all brine and smooth olive oil.
    Summary: Summary: Oban, and then some. A beautifully paced,
    confident and assured malt; complex and contradictory, yet always
    rewarding. Rich and sweet then briny and spicy, at once conveying the
    freshness of walks along the
    coast and through apple orchards early on a crisp, autumn morning.


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