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A 21-year-old Oban Single Malt is a lovely thing, and this special release is as lovely as can be.
Long before Oban was a lovely seaside resort town on the West Coast of Scotland, John and Hugh Stevenson built their first still house there in 1794. So the town literally grew up around the Whisky — which is the way it should be if you ask us. It sits on the western shore facing Islay and the Spirit they produce is influenced by both the Highlands and the Island.
The blokes at Oban have only one wash and one Spirit still — the total capacity of the distillery is 650k liters — tiny by modern standards. So even though they are owned by the corporate giant Diageo, they are small enough to be left alone to do their good work in peace. Oban is considered one of the classic Malts of Scotland — a virtual national treasure.
We don’t get too many special or limited editions from Oban. So when we do, it’s always a treat. This Oban 21 Year Old Special Release was issued by Diageo as a part of their 2018 special release series. It was aged in refill European oak Sherry butts. Importantly, it’s bottled at a near cask strength of 57.9% ABV. So not only is the a wonderful flavor complexity, but you get to taste it all at full volume.
*This bottle is a collector's item, we will not be able to entertain any refunds or exchanges.
**Individual orders limited to one item per person, as we wish to give everyone the opportunity to participate.
***Any kind of transit damage is insured and will be reimbursed.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you’ll find a vegetal, almost Tequila-like note with candies, orange zest, violets, and cinnamon spice.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavors are more fruity with notes of baked apples, marmalade, almond paste, anise, and a cocoa note at the end.
The finish is long and very smooth.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Oban 21 Year Old 1996 and gives you a chance to have a taste of it 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.