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No: 216
Producer: United
Region: Highlands
District: Western Highlands  -   Multimap view
OS Sheet 49 ; Map reference NM 85 29 ; Latitude 56 24° N, Longitude 5 28° W
Founded 1794 ; Operating Status (1999): operating

The story of Oban is told on the label of the 14-year old malt. This version is replacing the 12-year old which was put into a bottle that looked as though it contained perfume.

The traveller returning from the islands of Mull or Iona, or from Fingal's cave sees Oban as a Victorian town, with the distillery growing out of the cliffs. The distillery is said to have been founded in 1794 (longer than most of the town) though the present buildings probably date from the 1880s. The stillhouse was rebuilt in the late 1960s and early 1970s and there was further work in 1991. Work in 1890 involved cutting into the cliff behind the distillery, revealing a cave with human bones and implements, now at the Scottish Museum of Antiquity. The Oban malt whisky has contributed to various John Hopkins blends, including one romantically called Old Mull.

A copy of United Distillers' own illustrated pamphlet about Oban can be found here and there is further UD-orientated material in their InfoCenter, here

See also article in SMWS Spring 95 newsletter

Distillery rating: 4*

Stafford Street, Oban, PA34 5NH
Tel: 01631-564262

I visited this distillery in August '94 but unfortunately chose a busy day and could not afford to wait the two hours till the first available visit. (others, note!) The tour costs 2.00 but there's a 3.00 voucher against whisky purchases in the distillery shop. There is a small exhibition about Oban and the distillery (free). Everything was well appointed and atmospheric and the staff were very friendly, especially when it became obvious I was truly interested in malts. [jhb]


Oban 14yr.
The colour was pleasantly golden with a sweet nose. The taste was delightful, a medium body malt with a malty, slightly smoky palate and a spicy finish. I would rate it an 86. (as compared to my rating of Aberlour at 82). [cf]

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