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10 Aug 2010

Oban Distillers Edition

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Oban

Oban is the second smallest distillery in the Diageo portfolio, but also one of the oldest (1793). It was chosen to represent the Western Highlands in the Classic Malts of Scotland range.

The expressions in the Distiller’s Edition series are finished in different types of sherry casks, in this case Montilla casks. Montilla is a wine region in the Spanish province of Córdoba, and although it is not officially a part of the sherry region, they produce the same style of dry (fino) wine.


Oban 14yo Distillers Edition Oban 1992/2006 ‘Distiller’s Edition’
(43%, OB 2006, ref. OD 155.FR)

Nose: elegant. Malty start, alternating between sweet, fruity flavours (peaches on syrup, honey) and drier, more maritime associations (seaweed, manzanilla sherry). Hints of smoke. Palate: good attack, oily mouthfeel. Rather sweet. Rich nutty and malty flavours, with notes of tobacco, chocolate and spices (nutmeg). Finish: medium length, on chocolate, vanilla, pepper. Getting drier and slightly peaty in the end.

Nice interaction between sweet, fruity and dry, maritime notes. Much better than the regular Oban 14yo. Around € 60.

Score: 83/100

Oban Distillers Edition 3 Ruben Luyten 2010-08-10
  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il Gal

    yet another finish…
    oh well..

    i am about to taste longrow Gaja finish. ever had it?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I don’t really consider a sherry finish to be a finish like all the other wines that we see so often nowadays. To me sherry is quite a natural way of enhancing a whisky.
    Never had the Longrow Gaja Barolo. Cheers.

  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il Gal

    you are right, yet in my experience (besides the Laga DE 1991) diageo “DE”s are often not better (and often worse) than the original “unfinished” expression.
    what do u think about it?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I prefer almost every DE over the original. Certainly for Lagavulin, Oban and Talisker – the others are less interesting but not worse than their plain versions in my opinion. DE’s are slightly smoother and more complex.

  • Thomas

    Still have my 1980 Oban DE, (first year of release), unopened but will crack that bottle together with a recent Oban DE to see if there is a difference

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Great idea. Let me know your thoughts!

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