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For two centuries Oban’s bustling fishing village has sat on the frontier of the West Highlands and the Islands, at the meeting place of land and sea. One of Scotland’s oldest licensed distilleries, Oban’s sheltered harbour is perfect for two things – seafaring and whisky making.

Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl

Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl

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Master Blenders Dr Matthew Crow and Dr Craig Wilson use whisky matured in refill American oak hogsheads, European oak Sherry casks and refill casks with new ends for this expression before allowing the resultant single malt whisky to marry in small oak casks.

Serving Suggestion: 
Best served neat in a tumbler, perhaps with a little cool spring water.
Oban brings out the rich complexity of character in humble meat dishes, like steak and kidney pie.

Region An immediate and assertive, complex and evocative Highland whisky.
Appearance Rich antique gold.
Body Medium to rich. Good viscosity.
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 clove, growing drier, still minty, with crisp green apple.
Finish In a word, long. Quite syrupy at first, then drying, with elegant coating tannins rich in dark chocolate character.


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San Fransisco World Spirits Competitions Double Gold 2016
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 96 Points 2016
San Fransisco World Spirits Competitions Double Gold 2016
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 96 Points 2016

Expert Reviews

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Finally, an unimpeachable counterpoint to the rally cry against no age statement whisky. Oban Little Bay is everything that Oban 14 is, and more. A rich, fruity, malty nose showcases dried apricot, dark chocolate, and salt. On the palate, Little Bay explodes with flavor, combining malt with orange, chocolate, and blackberry. Clove and oak spice join the party in the mid-palate, which shows superb balance and integration. A long, slightly dry, citrusy spice finish caps off a stunning whisky.

Geoffrey Kleinman, Whisky Advocate Fall 2015

As a note, I tried a wee sample of the Oban 14 alongside this. The latter was much fruitier on the nose, with more of an oily earthy backbone, while on the palate I got more cream, grass and toffee. It was also fresher than the Little Bay. Overall, I still prefer the 14, especially if Little Bay ends up priced in over here at a higher point. But, Little Bay is a solid whisky – it’s not been dumbed down as some might fear because it is NAS. It’s got lots going on and is very enjoyable.

Alwynne Gwilt, March 2015