Oban Little Bay

Oban Little Bay

(0.75l, 43%)


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$55.99
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Small casks, small bay, small town. Big Whisky.

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 — we're no city planning experts, but it doesn't sound as a bad way for a town to grow.

The blokes at Oban have only one wash and one spirit still and the Whisky they produce is considered one of the classic malts of Scotland — a virtual national treasure. Oban is in the Highlandsbut its position on the far western coast gives their spirit a very unique character. 
 
Oban Little Bay is a bit redundant since the word “oban” already means “little bay” in Scots Gaelic. Like all Oban Whiskies, this is a fine Single Malt. But Little Bay is also their first NAS — which means that it is a combination of their Single Malt across a range of ages that were married in small ex-Bourbon barrels. 

Oban Little Bay has all of that lovely coastal character, but with a gentle, heather quality. Sweetness plays with the spice just like cool breeze plays with the warm sun in that small bay.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery

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spicy
apple
cake
mint
cinnamon
orange
carrot
lemon
white pepper
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Antique gold.

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Apple, orange cake, and wild flowers.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Thick, carrot cake with crisp apple and a dash of mint and spice.

Finish 
Long, with a gentle drying.

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Ratings & Reviews
Luis
Luis,
I like Little Bay a bit better compared to the original Oban
 
Aaron
Aaron,
I found this to be a very good, unique...but not amazing dram. Aroma brought rich spice, orange zest, and slight vanilla. Flavors of salt, leather, cooling mint, and touches of wood and butterscotch made up the taste. Very nice mouthfeel. I'm still no whisky expert by any means, but this was one of the more unique expressions I've tried thus far. And I dug it! Probably wouldn't buy a full bottle, but would happily have again at a bar or as part of tasting.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
O an in any form is my favorite Scotch. This version had a smooth apple cinnamon finish. Definitely would buy again.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Apple and cinnamon dominates the aroma. The long finish features orange and lemon. The finish is smooth and spicy. A great intro to scotch
 
Andrew
Andrew,
The cinnamon and apple were prominent to the nose. Spice and orange dominated the smooth finish. Great intro to scotch
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I really enjoyed the Oban Little Bay. Oban 14 year is one of my favourites, and comparing the two there are a lot of similarities, though I do think i prefer the 14. To me, the Little Bay was a little lighter and fruitier than Oban 14. In my area, Little Bay can be hard to find, and the price on Flaviar is the best I’ve seen, so to me it was well worth it and I might pick it up again.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Sweet with a hint of salt and smoke.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
The little bottle from the little bay that could. I've been wary of these non-aged expressions, but this one is excellent, and at the right price point. A fruity nice. Spicy on the palate, but no peat. Just smooth. Butterscotch and vanilla.
 
Sarah
Sarah,
One of the best Obans I’ve ever taste. Nice smooth caramel flavor. I always keep a bottle of this in stock in my home bar.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth, sweet & simply sip-worthy!
 
Susan
Susan,
good sipping whiskey, nice peat flavor, not too strong
 
Vinish
Vinish,
Decent Clean tasting Oban
 
Geoffrey
Geoffrey,
Really enjoy this. Wonderful aroma that reminds me of summer. Very smooth, with a clean, pleasant taste. Definitely something I'm going to buy more of. Very pleasant sipping neat. Excellent quality for the price.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
It’s a nice whiskey, the flavors don’t come through as I was hoping. Got a great deal on a bottle
 
Josef
Josef,
Smooth. Good for price
 
Sean
Sean,
I like it better than the regular Oban 14
 
Harlan
Harlan,
Exceptional taste and smoothness. Really found this to be most enjoyable
 
Doug
Doug,
I expected more brine than I detected. Still, a great Scotch for winding down after a long day!
 
Stephen
Stephen,
One of my go-to sipping scotches when I’m looking for an enjoyable flavor without overt challenging smoke or peat. Pairs well with a book & quiet.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Smooth and lite. This is a great scotch for those who are not into the smoky flavors.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Smooth. Good smoke. Light, slight burn. Very nice
 
guest
guest,
Smooth taste
 
Jason
Jason,
I
 
Michael
Michael,
This is a very smooth scotch. Nothing extraordinary, but very pleasant to drink. I like to enjoy this one with food, it doesn’t overpower what you are eating.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Excellent. Rich but well balanced. Light but full flavoured. A good one.
 
Michael
Michael,
Really enjoying this
 
Taylor
Taylor,
Smooth and drinkable neat. While I didn't get many background notes of flavor, this is still a great dram. Need to try the 14yo..
 
Ron
Ron,
smooth but not much forward aromas, oban makes a great scotch so it is right in line with their others
 
Chase
Chase,
Awesome! Super smooth great taste new fav.
 
Antonio
Antonio,
A little bit more burn than the 14yr aged. But a lot more Oban flavor!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smooth. My second favorite Scotch
 
Marcello
Marcello,
Love it, like others Oban's bottles. Great scotch.
 
Doug
Doug,
Smooth and flavorful. I say honey/caramel with a hint of peat. This is a bottle I will keep around because it is simply tasty. Plus, if I want to share something with those who are not sure they like Scotch, this is a great introduction. Very approachable. The flavor is not as in-your-face as, say, Lagavulin or Laphroaig but still says, “hey, I’m definitely not bourbon”
 
Deborah
Deborah,
One of my favorites
 
Cody
Cody,
Full of flavors. Must have bottle
 
guest
guest,
It’s good
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Probably my favorite Oban.
 
Jason
Jason,
Very nice. Very light with a balanced sweetness. I get bit of apple, mint, ginger and orange zest.
 
lynne
lynne,
i like that its a bit sweeter than the classic oban. surprisingly tasty
 
Justin
Justin,
Surprisingly easy to drink, which makes it dangerous in a social setting. Not like other Islays. Slightly sweet. More like a bourbon than a scotch.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Woah. This is what I'd like to call beach scotch. It's light and strong.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
This is my favorite summer-time scotch. Refreshing and sweet, while not overpoweringly so, very strong undertones of honey. A great bottle for someone who is new to the smoky/peaty daunting flavor profiles of traditional Islay scotches.
 
Enoch
Enoch,
A fair bottle, but a little to light. More earthy tones would help.
 
Steven
Steven,
Love this scotch. So drinkable
 
Stu
Stu,
This is just not my thing. It has big flavor but it has a metallic finish.
 
Rajan
Rajan,
Very refreshing light flavor and amazingly sippable whisky. My friends and I loved it
 
James
James,
Very good. Some spice, some sea spray, quite a maritime character.
 
Tim
Tim,
Deliscous
 
David
David,
Sweet and spicy with a crazy short finish not bad, but not good enough for me to want a bottle.
 
Randall
Randall,
Extremely mellow. I prefer it over the 14yr and 18yr Oban's and one of my favorites to bring out when having friends over and convert them into Scotch lovers then turning it into a Scotch tasting party.
 
Frederic
Frederic,
Oban is one of my favorites - Oban Little Bay is amazing
 
guest
guest,
I want!.
 
Kegan
Kegan,
Very very good whisky. Richer or bolder than Oban 14 in some ways. However, Oban 14 is better-balanced whisky with more complexity and nuances in the nose and taste of the dram. Little Bay is 9 out of 10 bottle everyone should try once.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Love it, somewhat richer flavor than the Oban 14, which is also a good one.
 
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