Oban 1998

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Double Matured in Montilla Fino Cask-Wood
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L3204 CM000
Added on
01 Dec 2019 8:44 pm

Average value

€ 151.18

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122 × member ratings

262 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban 1998

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.52 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Best
    Oban is one of Scotland's oldest distilleries, founded in 1794, but also one of the smallest with an output of a mere 650,000 litres per year. This has everything to do with the location of course, which makes that there is no room for expansion. This also means that there is a very limited core range: the classic 14 years old, the NAS expression Little Bay that was launched in 2015 and this Distillers Edition. For Oban it means that the second maturation took place on Montilla Fino sherry casks. This is a somewhat older expression, distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2013.
    The nose is absolutely amazing! The classic, maritime character from Oban, with a subtle saltiness, is completely wrapped up by sweet notes of both overripe fruit and candy. Peach, blood oranges, baked apples, candy sugar and gummy cherries. Soft hint of oak with some spices, as well as a touch of hazelnuts.
    Oily and silky soft on the palate. This one is almost devoid of spices. But all the more sweetness from the fruit. Peach, apples, pineapple and even a hint of banana. Only on the second sip do I get some warmth as if from cloves and nutmeg, liquorice and even a bit of black pepper. Very, very good.
    The finish is long, dark and sweet, feisty, warm... salted caramel at the death. Delicious.
    By far the best and most complex of the Oban Distillers Edition that I have tried so far.

  2. tribe scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Almond marzipan. Dark chocolate light smoke and old wood combine very homogeneously. Generally I have to say that I find the standard 14 really boring. The d. Editions are a completely different caliber. The 2010 was better. But here, too, has blossomed well. At first it was very disappointing but after 5 months it got really good and we wondered o. It was the same painting. So the custom time ...

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    An interesting, not very simple but good malt; not very cheap!
    • Nose
      Fruits (apple, pear, grape); Salt; very subtle smoke;
    • Taste
      reserved, fruity-nutty approach; Oranges, caramel, nuts, dry, pepper, oak, complex;
    • Finish
      nice, medium-long salty, spicy finish;

  4. coldsun scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Rich flavor of baking products, sweet grapes, fresh fruits (a lot of peach, apple, melon), dried apricot, a little bit salty and bitter. Taste is weaker: sweet and fruity. Finish is short and empty, little bit tart. Empty dram keeps notes of new wood and dried fruits.

  5. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A cool mole, from the habit of waiting for Oban oak strength in the taste and finish, but was pleasantly surprised, at first a deep and rich for 14 years flavor, and then taste, oak traditionally a lot, but somehow managed to accurately weave it into the overall picture, that he acts as a background for the mass of citrus-confectionery and sherry derivatives. Bravo, very good work, with a fairly modest endurance and commercial fortress, excellent density and depth, excellent balance, potency, bravo.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, grain, wood, sawdust, processed wood, grease-oil notes - oily rags, used frying oil; light lemon-orange and floral tones, mineral motifs - stone dust, rubble, plaster; lollipops, lemonade.
    • Taste
      Thick, oily, wood, lollipops, lemon, orange, tangerines, creamy confectionery notes, dried fruits, cola - a real festive extravaganza.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oily, ginger candied fruits, light spicy oak, orange peels, compote with citrus, burnt crackers, leavened wort, velvet beer.

  8. puusj scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nuts and silt. Very spicy also in taste. Finish is short and does not change the taste much.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I
    took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender

  10. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    n: oban always has a little narrow profile on the nose, in this case I´d rather
        call it slender. it benefits from the fino finish which did not disfigure it.
        sour oranges, limestone, a few nuts, a little bit of oak. sea air, iodine
        there is almost no smoke in this one.
    t: lovely harmony. medium sweet with a creamy texture. the nutty side is a little
       stronger than on the nose, it´s quite malty too. it´s also more coastal on the
       palate. a nice salty edge and I believe the smoke is right behind.
    f: not very fat, still quite long, slowly drying.
    comments: oban is a brand for people who are after subtlety.
                      I always liked the 14yo . this one is a tad rounder. great character!


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