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Oban Little Bay

Overall rating
80.28/100
votes
260
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5286CM000 06973626
Barcode
5000281042695
Added on
13 Apr 2016 6:32 pm by mullos
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 59,44

7 × in wishlist

260 × member ratings

572 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban Little Bay

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.28 points

  1. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Not too complex, understated malt.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A NAS I can't get mad at and would always accept if offered a glass. So yeah, this works.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Acidic, tart, dry, with traces bitter orange zest and traditional French mustard (the kind containing whole mustard seeds), but then there's also a more welcoming, sweeter side imparted by the active / small casks: warm sauna wood, cinnamon, vanillin and icing sugar. All in all not bad, especially when factoring in the price and the fact that this is a dreaded NAS bottling.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Yes, there's the boring, toffee-heavy aspect of many Diageo OBs, and the strength is an issue, but the Oban DNA is intact: a nice salinity working in tandem with slightly overripe fruits, and - in this case - an extra boost from the oak. Perfectly potable.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium; uneventful.

  3. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very nice composition. Salt, oily tang aromas, walk, citrus zest, orange, fresh grape marc, gooseberry and wax. Gradually, oak, cashews and almond paste follow.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly firm, dry but also predominantly salty. Tang again, but this time dried; Nuts, spicy oak, citrus, vanilla, pepper, dried apricot and wax.
    • Finish
      Complex fragrant fruitiness accompanied by hay, sherry and soft smoke. In the background slightly earthy.

  5. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A very neat, young malt - but a bit too expensive!
    • Nose
      fresh and fruity (apples, pears), herbs, sweet malt;
    • Taste
      peppery, salty on, then malt, sweetness, honey, fruit (apple, orange), vanilla, dry spice, obviously young;
    • Finish
      medium length finish; bitter, spicy finish;

  6. niskat did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Since the Little Bay (especially in comparison to the 14-year-old) often gets away badly, I would like to break a (small) lance for him here. I tasted it last night against the 14er and the Distillers Edition 2000/2015.

    Conclusion: He has all the characteristics of the 14er, is in the sum he is more on the sweet, malty side; no smoke. It comes in complexity not quite s.den 14er ran, but unpleasant bitterness or hot alcohol I do not think so. For me, this is a straightforward, straightforward, sometimes even delicious entry-level whisky that goes perfectly well.

    BUT: A big criticism for me is the price of the Little Bay. Completely incomprehensible to me, why it costs just as much or in part more than the 14-year-old (about 40-45 €, as of Feb 2019). Compared to the core filling would be in my opinion for a less complex NAS whisky ~ 35 € just just adequate. In the offer I would buy myself synonymous, but certainly not for the normal price.
    • Nose
      Fruity (see apple) and slightly herbaceous like the 14er, but already in the nose clearly malty and sweeter.
    • Taste
      Also comes directly sweet and malty on the tongue. The alcohol is perhaps a bit stronger than the 14er, but does not bother. Here you can see most clearly that he is younger.
    • Finish
      Here is the Little Bay strongest. First some vanilla, then pleasant, slightly spicy oak. In between even flashes a little coffee. The apple sweetener and the light herbal infusion, which I find so characteristic of the 14-year-old, are left behind. Unfortunately, the finish does not last long.

  7. Romansen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Moses scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Here is my basic idea with the NAS bottles the full confirmation. It feels like a copy of the 14 year old. The 14er is better.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Fairly dry nose, slightly sweet with ripe apples.
      He needs time and should breathe. Then it gets better.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Does not come as edgy (complex) therefore as the 14er. Mass compatible and soft in the mouth. Typical vanilla and honey feeling. On the run down then spicy and slightly woody.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium long and sweet, but slightly bitter. For me: lower standard.

  9. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  10. ctu scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    One level for me with the 14 years old, fine, but thin.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Apple and pear, honey, citruses, walnut, cooking oil and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Creamy and oily. Honey and malt, spicy oak and mild smoke.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium length, spicy, dry.

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