A few months ago I made an appointment with my American friends John and Mary-Angela. After all, they came to Belgium and that was the perfect opportunity for them to bring some bottles, such as the Kentucky Owl bourbon, the Lagavulin Offerman Edition on Guinness casks and this Oban 18 Year Old, which is bottled exclusively for the States. Apart from a pleasant afternoon in which a lot was tasted, followed by a great burger dinner in Ghent, it was also the opportunity for me to finally put this 18-year-old Oban to the test. Pleasant nose with maritime and malty notes, where the emphasis is mainly on the fruit. Think apricots and peaches, but also a hint of overripe banana and kumquat. Also reminds me of a dark beer, I have to say. I really like this. A bit discreet, but with class. I'm happy. Nicely oily and mouth filling. Almost viscous, really. Malt, apricots, peaches, gooseberries, hint of pineapple and lychee wine. Very pleasant and gently seasoned. Midpalate some woodsmoke appears, as well as some licorice and a bitterness like a walnut on a grapefruit, which creates a nice balance. Very stylish, though. The finish is full-bodied, creamy and sweet with some oak, toffee apples and walnuts. Wow, what a classy whisky! Very happy that I got the chance to taste it. Thank you, John!