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Oban Little Bay

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  • Distiller:

    Oban

  • Bottler:

    Oban

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste has a good fruitiness with touches of apples, peaches, pineapple, orange peel, coconut, and a hint of brine. The finish is lingering, fruity, and rich.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish is relatively quick and lively with orange marmalade covered scones and black tea to finish.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Clove and oak spice join the party in the mid-palate, which shows superb balance and integration. A long, slightly dry, citrusy spice finish caps off a stunning whisky.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: I’m still a fan of little Oban. What’s sure is that Oban is absolutely not whisky for tourists, and that its style is maybe not as easy, or immediate, or well-defined as others.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: What remains is a sense of oatmeal character, some light cinnamon notes, and a touch of lemon peel that grows on the finish. None of this seems particularly enlightening, almost like the standby Oban 14 has been muzzled a bit, then bottled as a special edition.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The end result mixes vanilla and fresh apple aromas, though neither carries forward to the palate. Instead, flavors of resin and menthol dominate, though there's a pleasing peachy note on the dry, relatively hot finish.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is surprisingly good. I enjoy the unique profile, as its one we don't often see, especially from an OB. In this case, like Laphroaig QC, the small cask finish adds complexity rather than covers up flaws, and I'm a fan.
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  • Intro:

    Previously part of their travel retail offering, Obans Little Bay has graduated to the core range as a 70cl bottling. Master Blenders Dr. Matthew Crow and Dr. Craig Wilson use whisky matured in refill American oak hogsheads, European oak Sherry casks and refill casks with new ends for this expression before allowing the resultant single malt whisky to marry in small oak casks." - Master of Malt

  • Nose:

    Honey, pepper, sweet vanilla bean, light peppery peat. Sweet and buttery with some underlying smoke. Yummy.

  • Taste:

    Sweet caramel, lemon poppyseed muffin. Lightly earthy, faintly smoky. Some pepper. Cake batter, fresh baked rolls, light brine. Diverse, and not really showing of its youth. Medium mouth feel, no real heat.

  • Finish:

    Short, but sweet and loaded with caramel, pipe tobacco and ashy peat smoke.

  • Overall:

    This is surprisingly good. I enjoy the unique profile, as its one we don't often see, especially from an OB. In this case, like Laphroaig QC, the small cask finish adds complexity rather than covers up flaws, and I'm a fan.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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