This new offering is made with whiskies “married in our smallest casks” to entice more fruitiness. The end result mixes vanilla and fresh apple aromas, though neither carries forward to the palate. Instead, flavors of resin and menthol dominate, though there’s a pleasing peachy note on the dry, relatively hot finish. Adding water coaxes out a mellow vanilla note. A good all-rounder, it makes a great gift for an absolute beginner or keen whisky enthusiast to explore Highland Single Malt Whiskies known for being rich in flavour and aroma.
Oban Little Bay Whisky is one of Scotland’s oldest and smallest distilleries. It was founded in 1794 and the West Highland port town of the same name has grown around the distillery. It is the one Single Malt Scotch Whisky in which the rich, complex flavours of the Highlands meet and mingle with the peaty, maritime character of the Islands. Balancing autumn fruits and sea air, Oban whisky owes its rich and rewarding Highland character to its very long fermentation process.
Nose : Oily, waxy and nutty, balanced by ripe orchard fruits. Notes of almond fruit cake on denser Christmas pudding, with cereal and orange behind.
Palate : The comforting chewiness of rich fruit-bread, hints of orange zest and cloves, growing drier, still minty, with crisp green apples.
Rich antique gold appearance. Oily, waxy and nutty balanced by ripe orchard fruits aromas. Notes of almond fruit cake on denser Christmas pudding, with cereal and orange behind. Body is medium to rich. Good viscosity. The comforting chewiness of rich fruit-bread, hints of orange zest and clove, growing drier, still minty, with crisp green apple on the palate. The Oban Little Bay Whisky finish in a word, long. Quite syrupy at first, then drying, with elegant coating tannins rich in dark chocolate character.