Malt of the Month: March 2017
We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:
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Diageo's Distillers Editions series is a range of whiskies finished in different types of oak. The Oban is aged in casks which previously contained Montilla, a Spanish sweet wine. This adds richness and extra fruitiness to the distillery’s traditional citrus and maritime flavours, and balances the gentle smoke. This is a superb introduction to the world of rich and smoky whisky.
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- Nose: Fruity and pungent, yet it is the coastal sea-breeze effect which really captures the imagination. Oban often has a salty tinge to its character, here accentuated with crushed fresh grape juice, orange zest and a hint of smoke adding to the massive complexity.
- Palate: The most explosive Oban ever. Starts with soft malt, then wave upon wave of delicate yet rich fruit notes pounds the taste buds. They are carried in on a tide of brine, squaring impressively with the chewy malt.
- Finish: Not so long as the big start on the palate might suggest, but lots of slightly sweetened (with Demerara sugar) Jamaican coffee and oak to start, leaving an attractive malt-biscuit effect as it dies down.
Oban sits in the heart of the eponymous town, and was founded in 1794 on the site of a former brewery. Unlike many distilleries that started at about the same time, they have been in almost continuous operation since, only stopping during World War II, and occasional upgrades and refurbishments.
Oban has a huge following especially in the USA, with the range including the bourbon-cask-aged Little Bay, a 14 year old and the annual Distillers Edition.
2 Customer Reviews
Eh, just so so. Tastes kinda like your average run of the mill scotch. Nothing distinct. You're much better with the 12 year where the brine really shines through.
Sweet and sharp -- not nearly as good as the wonderful Oban 14.