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 Highlands,
but 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.