Appearance: Rich antique gold.
Nose: Oily, waxy and nutty, balanced by ripe orchard fruits. Notes of almond fruit cake on denser Christmas pudding, with cereal and orange behind.
Body: Medium to rich. Good viscosity.
Palate: The comforting chewiness of rich fruit-bread, hints of orange zest and clove, growing drier, still minty, with crisp green apple.
Finish: In a word, long. Quite syrupy at first, then drying, with elegant coating tannins rich in dark chocolate character.
Light, smoky and with just a hint of salt - Oban brings out the rich complexity of character in humble meat dishes, like steak and kidney pie.
92pts - Whisky Advocate
"Finally, an unimpeachable counterpoint to the rally cry against no age statement whisky. Oban Little Bay is everything that Oban 14 is, and more. A rich, fruity, malty nose showcases dried apricot, dark chocolate, and salt. On the palate, Little Bay explodes with flavor, combining malt with orange, chocolate, and blackberry. 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." Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman
Bronze - 2016 World Whiskies Awards
Silver - 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition