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Oban Distillers Edition 1995

Oban Distillers Edition 1995
Oban Distillers Edition 1995

Tasting Date: 2021-04-30

Region: Scotch Whisky – Highland

Type: Single malt

Age Statement: 15 Years

Size: 750ml

ABV: 43% ABV

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon American oak casks for 14 years then a second maturation in Montilla Fino Sherry Casks

Distiller: Oban Distillery

Location: Stafford St, Oban, Scotland

Bottler: Oban Distillery

Purchase Location: Borrowed

Purchase Date: Unknown

Cost: Unknown (The 2020 version is available at $157.49 including GST & Deposit)

Tasting Notes From The Oban Website:

PALATE: Soft malts, delicate fruits, and waves of brine.
SCENT: Delightfully complex with crushed grapes, orange zest, salt, and smoke.
FINISH: Notes of sweetened Jamaican coffee and oak wood.

Colour: Orangey bronze

TransparentSmoke: The Distillers Edition is a specialty production name given to six single malt scotches owned by Diageo plc, a British multinational beverage alcohol company. The distilleries include Oban, Lagavulin, Talisker, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie and Glenkinchie. In each case the distillery’s core spirit is used and given a second maturation in unique wine casks for periods between a few months to a couple of years.

When this bottle was released they were using the distillation date to label the releases, so this bottle is officially called “1995 Oban Distillers Edition Double Matured Montilla Fino Sherry Cask Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky”. I have called it Oban Distillers Edition 1995. It seems though that over the years they have moved to labelling the bottles with the bottling date. So the new bottles are called the “2020 Oban Distillers Edition”. So maybe I should have called it the “2010 Oban Distillers Edition”? The front of the bottle labels it as a special release and limited edition with a batch code of “OD 159.FW”.

This a sweet dram, the sherry cask adds a lot of sugar to the glass. On the nose I got a sharp smell of dark cherry, iodine and honey. The palate was brown sugar and dates with the overwhelming sensation that wine was spilled in my whisky. It wasn’t unpleasant, just unique to notice it that way. I was missing the oak and peat or smoke on the finish and I wonder if that is because of the age of the bottle. I noticed when I did my Glenmorangie The Original review that the oak was missing on the older open bottle there as well.

Our Score: 76/100

Bottles on Hand: Oban Distillers Edition 1995

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