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Oban 18 Year Old Limited Edition bottled 2008

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Oban 18 Year Old Limited Edition bottled 2008

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  • Brand: Oban
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 18 year old

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Oban 18 Year Old Limited Edition bottled 2008

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!


A subtle but "classic Oban" nose. A balanced salty caramel malt with the ever present background smoke. On first taste, there is more caramel with the smoke wafting in the background but with some fruit and possibly some cocoa or coffee as well. Incredibly smooth, this requires no water (I would love to try this at Cask strength). A very long tasty finish. Overall, very enjoyable and mellowly smooth but at the same time distinctively Oban. Slainte Mhath!


Lots of misconceptions surround this bottle. My understanding is that it was a limited US retail. However, it was only "limited" in its first run. It has since had, at least, one more bottling. The original release was a limited run, and had the bottle number and run listed on the bottle. The current release, which I am reviewing tonight, does not.

First off, I am not an Oban aficionado. I do not like the standard 14 YO, and do not care for the finished DE either. I selected this bottle after the Talisker 18 shot above 125.00. This is my fourth purchase of this whisky. Yes, it has become a standard rotation.

So what is different here from the younger official Obans? Well, the malt character is overshadowed by the barrel. There are for sure more wood notes, more vanilla, and more fruitiness in this glass. It is moderately spicy, never bitter, never cloying. It is masterfully smooth. You know what, scratch that. It needs more "o". This whisky is smooooooth. Vanilla and cherry dance around the nose.

With a generous swirl, this is only slightly drying. Finishes sweet, but not overly so. A straight swallow finishes with some watered down cola.

I really like this 18 YO stunner for what I paid for it. WARNING: This varies significantly. In Tennessee, this is 99.00 dollar hooch. In Kentucky, 179.00. What gives? For 100 dollars, it is perfectly acceptable - Sub HP18 / Talisker 18, but good and cheaper.


This expression is very smooth and long lasting on the palette. This will now become a staple in my whisky cabinet.

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