Oban 16-year-old

Overall rating
91.99/100
votes
91
Whiskybase ID
WB9869
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Manager's Dram
Bottled
07.1994
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
64.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The 200th Anniversary of Oban Distillery
Added on
16 aug 2009 5:00 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2794.17

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Whisky reviews for Oban 16-year-old

16 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.99 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with a few drops of water.
    Good balance on show here, just needed another ingredient for lift off over 90 points
    • Nose
      91 91
      Rich sherry, rich fruit cake, spices, faint hint of cinnamon, very faint hint of turpentine (not in a bad way).
      More sherry emerges, faint ginger, ice cream wafers, orange, dark honey.
      Very nice.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Vey spicy, very peaty, very peppery with a little fudge and a little dark treacle tart.
      Gets very creamy and the sherry mixes with the peat & pepper combo really well, quite equal, good balance on show here.
      A mix of orange, fudge and dark honey mixed with spices.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Good length, with a little more sweetness coming through at the end.

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  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    After the two previous Oban Manager's drams, here we finally have Sherry Cask.

    It's really nice, but slightly sulphurous.
    • Nose
      88 88
      We are here on a big, slightly sulfur sherry (unfortunately for me even if it does not crush everything). Light match freshly scratched.
      We have figs, dates, a light prune.
      A big dose of hazelnuts, roasted almonds, and a little pecan nuts. Salted butter caramel.
      Leather, light wax.

      The nose is powerful, with a big camphor freshness.
      It's complex but the sulfur prevents it from going to the next level in my opinion.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In fruit, it is much more fruity and camphorated.
      We have molasses, licorice, a light herbaceous peat.
      Date, fig, but also blackberry, orange peel, and spices.
      Pepper, coriander seeds, leather, shoe polish.
      Woody, with notes of tobacco.
      The sulfur is completely in the background, even if there are slight aromas of rubber.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is long, on noble wood, woody spices. Liquorice, molasses, pepper. Leather, tobacco, and recessed fruit.

      We have more smoke than peat. Light hot barbecue charcoal, slightly meaty.

  5. DrunkDude scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    scbp-7842, the old-fashioned spirits dominated by sherry barrels, its level is stronger than other UD period TMDs such as Blair Athol, Cragganmore, Glen Elgin and so on that the author has drunk. concentration, and balance. The flavor of this wine is orthodox and formulaic, without talking about the roundness of the wine, except for a little peat flavor, the winery character is never to be considered.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Not too smoky but overt enough, a sweet and tame old-fashioned spirit without any edges or edges. Smeared cream, old-fashioned sherry, oxidized raw nuts, almonds, star anise, turpentine and other flavors are more outstanding. Plus seawater, reef, pepper, and American Pinot Noir, very high residual sugar, sweet blueberry, green apple jam, vanilla, coconut flakes. 92
    • Taste
      93 93
      Strong sense of oil. The oxidative smell is lighter, almond milk, chestnut syrup, Dole frozen pineapple, Pedro Xemenez sherry sweet, in addition to mint, turpentine, condensed blueberry, and finished with sweet isatis root and Chuanbei cough syrup. The wine is weak, oily and round, the wine is thick and full, and the flavor is balanced and comfortable. p93b93
    • Finish
      93 93
      Sweet and fragrant syrup, mint, turpentine, cedar wood, cool, sweet and soft, continuous, stretchy and comfortable, slightly astringent. 93

  6. Seele scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    ink, red wine, grape, syrup, cinnamon, rotten wood
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Siwoo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Plenty of dark plums, strawberry jams, starting with flowers, and all accompanied by sweat tastes.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oil, dark plums, strong taste with flowers.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Fruity, rose oil, coffee grounds.

  8. sphinx scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  9. Sir Ardbeg scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Even the last dram after more than 3 years from the opened bottle convinced me completely. Sniffing fabric par excellence!

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Managers Dram OB bottled 1989-1995 15-19 years 60%-66.2% H2H

    The clear winner here was the Aberfeldy 1991, sorting out 2nd place was very difficult but on the second tasting I gave the nod to the Glendullan with the Glen Elgin a close 3rd.
    What is clear here is that there is an emphasis on peat & pepper in most of these bottlings.
    My palate is smashed , the high abv made for an interesting H2H,

    Tasting Order
    1 – Aberfeldy
    2 – Cardhu
    3 – Craganmore
    4 – Glendullan
    5 – Glen Elgin
    6 – Glen Ord (Ord)
    7- Oban 16 year 200th Anniversary
    8 – Oban 19 year

    Result
    1 – Aberfeldy bottled 1991 19 year 61.3% WB ID 25 - 93p
    2 – Glendullan bottled 1989 18 year 64% WB ID 170 -91p
    3 – Glen Elgin bottled 1993 16 year 60% WB ID 454 -90p
    4 – Oban bottled 1994 16 year 64%, 200th Anniversary WB ID 9869 -90p
    5 – Glen Ord bottled 1991 16 year 66.2% WB ID 12618 -89p
    6 – Oban bottled 1995 19 year 59.8% WB ID 453 -88p
    7 – Cardhu bottled 1989 15 year 63% WB ID 17868 -85p
    8 – Cragganmore bottled 1992 17 year 62% WB ID 20097 -84p

    All whisky was tasted with 3-4 small drops of water form a pipette

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Managers Dram OB bottled 1989-1995 15-19 years 60%-66.2% H2H

    The clear winner here was the Aberfeldy 1991, sorting out 2nd place was very difficult but on the second tasting I gave the nod to the Glendullan with the Glen Elgin a close 3rd.
    What is clear here is that there is an emphasis on peat & pepper in most of these bottlings.
    My palate is smashed , the high abv made for an interesting H2H,

    Tasting Order
    1 – Aberfeldy
    2 – Cardhu
    3 – Craganmore
    4 – Glendullan
    5 – Glen Elgin
    6 – Glen Ord (Ord)
    7- Oban 16 year 200th Anniversary
    8 – Oban 19 year

    Result
    1 – Aberfeldy bottled 1991 19 year 61.3% WB ID 25
    2 – Glendullan bottled 1989 18 year 64% WB ID 170
    3 – Glen Elgin bottled 1993 16 year 60% WB ID 454
    4 – Oban bottled 1994 16 year 64%, 200th Anniversary WB ID 9869
    5 – Glen Ord bottled 1991 16 year 66.2% WB ID 12618
    6 – Oban bottled 1995 19 year 59.8% WB ID 453
    7 – Cardhu bottled 1989 15 year 63% WB ID 17868
    8 – Cragganore bottled 1992 17 year 62% WB ID 20097

    All whisky was tasted with 3-4 small drops of water form a pipette

  13. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Quite some sherry bomb there. Chocolate orange leather on the nose, dark fruits on the palate, a long finish, found a bit of sulphur there. Didn’t enjoy it at much as when if first tried it three years ago still an excellent dram

  14. kimmosuo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Not a huge fan of this one, a sherry bomb. The early MD series are really monsters. Maybe 20 more years of bottle ageing.....
    • Nose
      Pungent modern style sherry, leather, syrup, blackcurrant jam, tobacco, dates, all you can find in a sherry monster, a bit rough for me.
    • Taste
      Again, match the noses, strong and pungent sherry attach, very dusty, maybe there is some smoke
    • Finish
      Long and chocolaty, dark fruits

  16. helmutgw scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: gets more bitter, a sweet background remains, as does the alcohol
    + H2O: rounder, but more bitter Super Sherrynase, but too much alcohol and under complex. 01.04.2017 89
    • Nose
      Q: very dark sherry very good, sweet sherry - be careful with the alcohol, not too intense nose
    • Taste
      medium body, bitter - sweet, the mouth becomes dull from alcohol, rum pot?
    • Finish
      enormously sustainable, more sweet than bitter

  17. Imp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    my review together with 6 other Manager Drams can be found here: http://madmaxhwisky.blogspot.com/2017/01/managers-dram-tasting-ukrainian-whisky.html 

  18. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=239 Color: rust red / copper
    Nose: leather, malt, sherry, tobacco and an almost negligible spice - unbelievable and that with 64%. Fruity impulses of orange, sweet sherry and balsamic are accompanied by dark chocolate flavors.
    Taste: Reluctantly very soft in the first second, but then starting from 0 to 100 in a record-breaking way. The 64% are incredibly restrained despite everything. Sherry, cherries, rum punch, raisins, wood, caramel, sugar and vanilla bars. At the end now even more intensive oak and really sweet.
    Finish: Long - yes, the finish is long, but not as you expect it to be. More sherry, red dried berries, lots of caramel, some wood and vanilla. Acidic and unfortunately not the best finish.
    Comment: Good? Naturally! But here we set the bar too high for us and actually expected more!
    92 points (nose: 92 / taste: 92 / finish: 91)

  19. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A legendary bottling of 16yo sherried Oban, bottled at its remarkable

    cask strength of 64% under the Managers Dram label for UDV staff only to

    celebrate the distillery`s bicentenary in 1994."
    TWE

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