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Oban Little Bay

Overall rating
80.79/100
votes
399
Whiskybase ID
WB81079
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Cask
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Barcode
5000281042695
Added on
13 apr 2016 6:32 pm by mullos
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 58.64

9 × in wishlist

399 × member ratings

973 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban Little Bay

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.79 points

  1. TsiAI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smell: the beginning is familiar canned yellow peach + butter cake, a little smoke, fine salt, sweet and sour juice, a little alcohol. Oak, dried apricots, lemon cheese tart. 86/100
    Taste: The opening is particularly sweet, with canned yellow peaches, fruit hard candies, pineapple crisps, fruit pie, orange juice, and then there is salt and smoke, and the saltiness is not low. Ginger syrup, sawdust. 87/100
    Body: Slightly strong, full, fat, astringent 86/100
    Ending rhyme: Eight Treasures Candy, Sawdust, Butter Toast, Brown Sugar 85/100
    Overall: 86/100, full flavor and clear layers. The taste of yellow fruits is particularly obvious, fresh and lively, as if tasting yellow peach syrup, as well as the sweet and sour pineapple sauce. I'm really happy to drink this wine after going around.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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. Moses scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  5. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a triple-matured whisky that has an easy starting and hard finish.

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's an 8.8/10.
    • Nose
      Oily. Lightly minty. Fruity.
    • Taste
      Fruity & malty
    • Finish
      Mid, dry finish. All spices lingering.

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    - a thoroughly drinkable, pleasant NAS malt
    - good and tasty, a bit rounder and milder than the 14 J.
    Bottling (although the 14-year-old has more draft and
    is more complex)
    - but for about 50 € the bottle must be more in it!
    - is on par with various other Standard 10
    up to 12 years whisky in the price segment 30 - 35€
    • Nose
      rather reserved flat with a subtle sweet sherry touch
    • Taste
      subtle soft entry, develops further in the mouth with its potential in the finish, after swallowing many fruit aromas unfold combined with sherry, especially raisins and plums, no smoke present
    • Finish
      long soft finish with a long warm aftertaste

  8. Francishomola scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    I like this one objectively its not great whisky but, I find myself coming back to it the most often in past two months out all off other whiskies.
    • Nose
      84 84
      3/03/22 caramelizes sugar, little bit fruity
      peaches, orange or more of tangerine, salt, sweet, 82
      13/04/22 strong oranges, red apple, 84
      12/05/22
    • Taste
      83 83
      sour,prickly, salty,
      sherry, sweet, pepper, salty,
      nice texture,
      orange 82
    • Finish
      82 82
      short finish,
      medium finish
      very little bitter, salt, 80
      13/04/22 82

  9. sphinx scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  10. CellarToberi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Matured in refill American oak hogsheads, European oak ex-sherry casks and refill casks with new ends. Married in small oak casks. Chill-filtered, colour added. Thick fast slowly forming straight primary legs. Mid-size very slow secondary legs. Tiny droplets. Water pushes up the nuttiness on the nose and savoury notes on the palate.
    Benefits from oxidation in uncorked bottle. A very complex dram. Characterful single
    malt.
    • Nose
      Fruity: citrus, orchard fruits, dried fruits: raisins, plums, figs. Winey: sherry cask influence. Sweet: confectionary, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, honey. Nutty: walnuts, cocoanuts, hazelnuts. Cereal: malt, barley cake, rye bread, dough. Spicy: pepper, clove, mint. Woody: creamy toasted and charred American and spicy European oak. Maritime notes: brine. Drifts to savoury: vegetables, spices, slight grilled meat notes. Herbal: vegetal notes, dill. Floral: hey, fragrant, slight honey notes. Earthy: must and tobacco leaves, sulfur note. Feints: leather, tobacco notes, sour tang, slight sour cabbage note. Rich: crisp. Full bodied: delicate.
    • Taste
      Sweet: bitter honey, toffee. Fruity: citrus, stone fruits and berries pup up. Winey: sherry influence. Spicy: black pepper, clove, cinnamon, cooking spices. Woody: oak tannins, toasted oak. Smoky: savoury peat, slightly meaty, very lightly medicinal, char. Maritime: salty on the midpalate, salted caramel, seashells. Rich: mouthwatering. Full body.
    • Finish
      Long: Fruity: lingering dark fruits. Smoky: slight smoked meat notes. Woody: tannins, dark chocolate. Spicy: black pepper, salt, sweet. Winey: confectionary fruits notes. Dry. Full body.

  11. Gous scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  12. YD84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Ostap scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A typical representative of the Highlands, but not in the most outstanding performance.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Sweet dough, cookies, mineral and caustic iodine notes, candied fruit, green grapes, green apple peel, dust and cardboard, honey, greens (parsley, celery), green tomato peel, chewing gum, tobacco, hint of raw pumpkin.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Dried fruits, greens, a bunch of celery, apple, neutral balance of sugar and salt.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Flat, indistinct, dry and oak, knits.

  14. Squinugie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  15. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  17. hafssol scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    A quite odd NAS from Oban, less complex than the 14 y.o., but full of warm fruits hints.
    The nose switches from predominant bitter almonds to more sweet notes, while palate opens up with sherry and fresh citrus, without losing the typical profile of the distillery.
    Finish is a bit short, but the overall impression is quite good for a NAS. Not so expensive, but in a quality/price ratio the 14 y.o. always wins by far.

  18. herby.usa scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    The name refers to the bay in which the village and the distillery are located. The whisky was matured in small barrels (probably quarter casks).
    Color: dark gold
    Conclusion: smells better and more complex than it tastes. A light, pleasant whisky
    • Nose
      80 80
      honey-sweet, malty, vanilla, spices, mirabelle plum
    • Taste
      80 80
      malty, mint, slight ginger heat, coffee notes
    • Finish
      75 75
      quite short, towards the end a slightly bitter oak note

  19. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. gaboruso scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  21. mattheww scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  22. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  23. 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.

  24. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A very neat, young malt - but a bit expensive!
    • Nose
      equally fresh, fruity (apples), oily, malty, herbs;
    • Taste
      first sweet, malty, then peppery, salty, honey, vanilla, ripe fruit (apple, orange), dry spice, oak, light youth;
    • Finish
      medium length finish; bitter, spicy aftertaste;

  25. niskat scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

    Conclusion: It has all the characteristics of the 14er, overall it is rather on the sweet, malty side; no smoke. In terms of complexity, it doesn't quite reach the 14s, but I don't find unpleasant bitterness or harsh alcohol. For me it is a straightforward, straightforward, sometimes even delicious, entry-level whisky that is perfect to drink.

    BUT: A big criticism for me is the price of the Little Bay. Completely incomprehensible to me, why it costs as much or partly more than the 14-year-old (approx. 40-45 €, status Feb 2019). Compared to the core bottling, in my opinion, for a less complex NAS whisky ~ 35 € would be just about adequate. I would buy it on offer, but certainly not for the normal price.
    • Nose
      Fruity (see apple) and slightly herbal like the 14, but already much malty and sweet on the nose.
    • Taste
      Also comes directly on the tongue sweet and malty. The alcohol may be a little stronger than the 14, but doesn't bother you. Here you can see most clearly that he is younger.
    • Finish
      Little Bay is strongest here. First a little vanilla, then a pleasant, slightly spicy oak. In between, even a little coffee flashes. What remains is the apple sweetness and the light herbal touch, which I find so characteristic for the 14-year-old. Unfortunately, the finish doesn't last long.

  26. Romansen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  27. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

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

  28. ctu scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    One level for me with the 14 years old, fine, but thin.
    • Nose
      81 81
      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.

  29. stefan_PB scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    In the nose still quite appealing, the taste and finish could not convince me unfortunately. Unfortunately, this whisky is not my case.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      75 75

  30. domani scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    As a fan of the 14-year-old and the DE, I am of the opinion that this whisky would not have needed it honestly. It looks set and constructed with rather moderate aromas in the nose. The bitterness on the palate holds up too long for my taste as if you were chewing directly on orange and blood orange peel. Pretty unimaginative and unbalanced - 30.05.2018
    • Nose
      Acts flat and bites a bit in the nose, citrus aromas overlay and act on, old closet, strawberry twist and drink (both content and the plastic bottle), exotic fruit sweetness, unripe banana, grape juice, strawberry sparkling wine, fresh open pack printing paper, subtle Oak spice and chocolate, nougat
    • Taste
      Sweet, peppery, ginger juice, honey sweetness, brioche with honey, newsprint, cardboard, spicy, dry, lemon, orange peel, oak, bitterness of a grapefruit or watermelon that lasts quite a long time
    • Finish
      medium

  31. Wolv scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  33. planetAlex scored this whisky 50 points Expert Senior

    It is rare that I give out the whisky twice in two tries. Too bad, not my key at all.

  34. dRambo scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  35. dRambo scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    reminds me of Old Pulteney 12- in comparison boring - but not weak, just not very appealing, too bitter to me, no real false note but for me a clear non-purchase
    • Nose
      damp cardboard, dusty musty oak, lemon, little wood - weak, nothing that irritates me to drink
    • Taste
      soft, oak with bitterness, some seaweed, salt, some licorice, very sweet lemon, pepper, spicy oak with orange peel, orange peel, soap, some chocolate
    • Finish
      slightly biting - not from the alcohol - rather orange peel - partly in bitterness - slightly alcoholic hot - in the end increasingly bitter

  36. Dionysus scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      71 71

  37. maltandgrains scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      78 78

  38. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    a dram that had the distinction of having had 110h of fermentation, to rest in a smaller barrel of bourbon and sherry (I'm still looking!), but which disappoints by its lack of flavors!
    • Nose
      malt, sweet spices, honey, a little caramel, fruit pulling towards the white apple.
    • Taste
      a little smoke, with the sensation of drought induced lack of air, pepper that raises this notion, a grassy side, even minty, a fine saline return, cereals and apple.
    • Finish
      rather short and monolithic, hence the disappointment.

  39. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Story Tellers: Tasting Whisky in January 2017
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  40. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A simple whisky, without major flaw, but one-dimensional and completely forgettable.
    Enthusiasm 3/5 Whisky n ° 1363
    • Nose
      A rather simple nose, giving pride to malt.
    • Taste
      Duo spices / honey, more typical of a speysider lambda than a pure highlander strain.
    • Finish
      decent

  41. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    have to taste it head to head with the 14yo and I certainly need
    a second tasting for that one.
    86/100 for now
    • Nose
      yeah, recognisable oban. heather honey, a thread of smoke (or is it oak? hints of beeswax.sunflower oil, wet sand, concrete. apples.
      that´s it. as always a little shy but pleasant. oban uses to talk on the palate and in the finish.
    • Taste
      creamy mouthfeel, initially quite honeyed and malty, rather oaky I must say. gets rather dry very quickly. sunflower seeds. slightly coastal.
    • Finish
      medium, dry

  43. vojt466 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Unparalleled whisky, smells in the smell and then hopelessly sinks - the price is a complete ride in terms of quality
    • Nose
      First vanilla, oakness, a little malt, and then it goes into sweet fruity tones - pear compote, tropical fruit - it does not blame it badly
    • Taste
      The flavor is very spicy at the beginning, it is later softened and woody tones appear, the taste becomes more creamy - cocoa, maybe a little honey with persistent light spiciness
    • Finish
      The mouthpiece is finely peppery and malty, it is completely alcoholic and it is nothing pleasant.

  44. MadScientist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  45. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  46. mds51 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Definitely the 14yo gets the advantage. The Little Bay costs even more than this and offers no reason for me to invest more money here.
    • Nose
      Dry brandy, so could point to a low sherry content, which would explain the darker color than dee 14yo. A dusty note.
      After he was able to breathe something, sweetness, red apples, some menthol, citrus, gooseberry.
    • Taste
      Also as edgy as the 14yo, but in the background a sweetness, which makes the harsh, which I guess so at the 14yo.
      Relatively velvet and soft in the mouth. Here is some vanilla and honey. After that, swallow the spice and woodiness with some cherry juice.
    • Finish
      Something bitter and a touch of sweetness remain medium in the mouth.

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