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Oban 12-year-old - Unblended Highland Malt

Overall rating
84.66/100
votes
35
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Octagonal Glass Decanter
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
17 Aug 2009 3:17 pm

Average value

€ 434.69

2 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban 12-year-old - Unblended Highland Malt

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.66 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I would never have thought of Oban here. What sets this malt apart is the exemplary balance. It is really completely error-free. A thoroughly honest malt from days gone by.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Yellow fruit compote, low density at first, rather delicate. A hint of herbs. The density develops over time, as if he had to realize that he was allowed to go out of the bottle after such a long time. Cardboard, somewhat dusty, with dried figs. Looks more and more perfect over time, very round. Ripe peaches, bare rock, fig bread. Warms up even more mineral, furniture polish, barrel acid and a trace of cough syrup.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Not very sweet, but even more creamy. After a short time a strong chili catch. Individual aromas are difficult to isolate, but the balance is exemplary. Fruit acid, mineral, a hint of fruity sweetness, plus herbs to the rear, an idea of coffee.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is a rather quick fading. The herbs stay the longest. Never bitter or really dry. Finally some licorice.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I have always liked these old 12 year OB and have had a few different ones, light and fresh on the palate, with a fruity palate and a hint of coffee mixed with a little spice and a juicy finish.
    By the end the coffee notes grow.
    Not bad considering it is only 40%, these are up & down like a yoyo at auction between £150-£400, so on the right auction you may get lucky
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I have always liked these old 12 year OB and have had a few different ones, light and fresh on the palate, with a fruity palate and a hint of coffee mixed with a little spice and a juicy finish.
    By the end the coffee notes grow.
    Not bad considering it is only 40%, these are up & down like a yoyo at auction between £150-£400, so on the right auction you may get lucky
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2011]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.  I bought this bottle for 200 Euro in February, 2002.

    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 this 87,5.  My note states a smooth and creamy old style dram that is easy sippable.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    70 proof:

    N: I've only ever had the standard 14yo twice and no other expressions. I’ll openly admit I've never been a fan despite Oban being the first distillery I ever visited. I was amazed by the damp and cold warehouse they showed us on the tour that was rather open to the elements. I think we were shown the relic casks, the graveyard, the forgotten, the rejected. Nosing this, its the first leather-malt of the weekend, more Inchgower than modern Oban I'm pleased to say.
    T: Caramac malt with old [1970’s] plastic.

    F: Plastic-to-wax and a little candy fruits.

    C: What happened to Oban in the intervening years? The biggest educational whisky of the weekend. Blog

    Scores a C[+]

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I find it better than the regular Oban found in shops today
    • Nose
      Flowers, herbs, White Apple, a hint of plums
    • Taste
      A sweet entry slowly Moving towards soft spices, light taste of vanilla and raisins. Taste grows and stays for quite some time
    • Finish
      Slowly fading away just like the taste without any surprises

  9. bakerman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Piece of History with a powerfull finish considering the low ABV and young age
    • Nose
      Lovage, fruity (tropical), pollen, some oak. The whole getting fresh after few drops of water while the lovage disapears
    • Taste
      fruity, sweet, spicy and a little peat
    • Finish
      peppery, sweet, dry and of medium length

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