Oban DistilleryOban Distillery

Founded in 1794
The stalwart Oban Distillery stands as a frontier between the Highland and Island regions of Scotland. Soft winds from the gulfstream carry a little Atlantic charm into the fishing village that grew around the distillery.

Craggy and sublime, the port of Oban's lush character both contrasts and compliments a region known for its rugged, spartan beauty. Oban Distillery was founded on the site of an old brewery in 1794, by the Stevenson Brothers, John and Hugh, who ran production until 1820.

The facility changed hands several times through the 19th century, until suffering heavy losses as a result of the Pattison Crisis. Wherein one of Oban's major clients, the Pattison brothers, were convicted of fraud and embezzlement.

Oban soldiered on, and was purchased by the Oban Distillery Company, held in turn by Buchanan-Dewars. Scottish Malt Distillers was entrusted with operational oversight in 1930. After a major reconstruction in 1968, the distillery flourished, entering the 21rst century under the guidance of Diageo.

Oban falls in the, "small but mighty," category of distilleries. With only two stills, Oban is Diageo's second smallest producer, larger only than Royal Lochnagar. Water for the mash arrives from Loch Glenn a’Bhearraidh, in the Oban basin.

Oban's stills are short and lantern shaped, with large rounded lids. Their maltings now come from Diageo's central facility, and combine peated and unpeated varieties.

An on-site dunnage warehouse matures Oban seaside, in primarily white oak and Sherry casks, creating the subtle complexity now known as the West Highland style.

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What does Oban taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Oban Scotch. It's based on all Oban drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Oban before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    1 wash, 1 spirit
  • Visitor Center
  • Status
  • Address
    Stafford St, Oban PA34 5NH, United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1631 572004
  • Website
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Think Whisky never helped us learn more about the world? Think again! A cave discovered during Oban's 18th century refurbishment was found to contain human remains from the Mesolithic era.

There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
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