Oban Distillery Only Bottling 2016, NAS. 48% ABV
Comments: As I haven't seen any previous reviews for this beauty, I thought I would share my two cents. I picked this bottle up at the Oban distillery this summer after tasting their lineup and feeling like it stood head and shoulders above the core line. They first matured their spirit in the same ex-bourbon casks used for the 14yo. They then finished the spirit in “specially charred” casks to enhance “woody flavors” before marrying in “another type of cask”. It is approximately 16-18 years old. While this may all sound a bit vague, it’s about all the information I could get out of the staff! Release limited to 6000 bottles; you may feel a bit of sticker shock at £100.
Color: Honey yellow.
Nose: Spiced apple cider. Burnt orange. Sweet vanilla. Very distant smoke.
Palate: Pepperiness with a bit of salt. Creamy, rich. Green apple, spices, some dark chocolate. Floral and vanilla. More green apple.
Finish: Moderate to long. Lingering apples and oranges. Warming. A hint of sweetness and smoke is all that remains a minute or two later.
General Impression: Very good and complex. While it certainly has the unmistakable Oban character, this is a different beast to the 14yo. It is perfectly bottled at 48%. If you make the trek out to Oban, I highly recommend asking for a taste and considering this bottle; it's a unique and delicious Oban offering.
Score: A- (90-92 points)
Price paid: £100 (~$147 USD)
Adjusted for price and intangibles: B+ (87-89 points)