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Oban 12-Year-Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

$203.99

Size
750ml, bottle

Oban 12 Year Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky offers a unique twist on the classic Oban character. This special edition bottling uses freshly-charred American oak casks for maturation, resulting in a whisky that balances Oban's signature maritime notes with an intriguing smoky and spicy edge. Expect a dram that's both evocative and easy-drinking, perfect for curious Oban fans and adventurous whisky explorers.

Description

Oban 12 Year Old 2021 Special Release breaks the mold while staying true to Oban’s core style. The use of freshly-charred American oak casks adds a layer of spice and smokiness that complements the distillery’s signature maritime character.

Aroma

The initial impression might surprise you. A subtle maritime influence with hints of seaweed, salt, and black pepper is present, but it’s balanced by a more prominent smokiness and spicy character. Think Szechuan pepper and cloves, hinting at the impact of the fresh char on the casks. As the intensity subsides, fruity notes and a touch of vanilla sweetness emerge, revealing the classic Oban character underneath the new layer of spice.

Palate

The medium-bodied character offers a satisfying weight on the tongue. The initial taste is a delightful interplay of spice, smoke, and fruit. The Szechuan pepper and clove notes from the aroma translate beautifully to the palate, offering an exciting and unexpected twist. The maritime influence peeks through with a touch of salt and seaweed, but it takes a backseat to the spice in this expression. As the whiskey opens up, fruity notes like orchard pear or apple emerge, reminding you of the underlying Oban spirit. A hint of vanilla sweetness adds a touch of complexity and balances the smoky and spicy character.

Finish

The spice fades gradually, leaving a long and warming finish. Hints of smoke and maritime influence linger on the palate, along with a whisper of fruit and vanilla sweetness. The cask strength bottling (56.2% ABV) delivers a noticeable warmth that complements the flavors. Consider adding a splash of water to tame the intensity if desired.

Additional information

Product Type

Whiskey

Style

Single Malt

abv

56.20%

Country

United Kingdom

Region

Highlands

Brand

Oban

Size

750ml, bottle

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Tasting Notes

Nose

Nose

Sweet chili aromas.

Palate

Palate

Sweet citrus taste with orange and fresh oak spice.

Finish

Finish

A lengthy, peppery finish.