Oban 21yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Oban 21yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 1996

Item # 39629 750mL
$499.99/ Single Bottle

Item Notes

  • Limited Production: Only 2 bottle(s) per customer

Tasting Notes

Well aged Oban is one of the whisky world's biggest no-brainers. Already consistently one of the most complete single malts on the market, with older age, 21yrs in this case, the spirit takes on new fathoms of complexity but retains a striking transparency and balance. From stocks distilled in 1996 and matured in European oak re-fill sherry casks, this 2018 Special Releases offering was bottled at a natural cask strength of 57.9% ABV. Available in very limited quantities. The whisky comes across as a little reticent at first on the nose but a little air and a few drops of water open things up nicely. Slowly notes emerge from the depths revealing dried seaweed, smoked heather, baked apples, fresh salted biscuits coated in melted butter and honey. With more time, the aromas continue to expand and hit even higher notes of dried apricot, Darjeeling tea, kumquats and sweet barley sugars, The palate is medium bodied and slightly mouth-coating with decadent flavors of warm sticky buns topped with chopped pecans, orange marmalade, spiced hot chocolate and allspice. It takes some time to get there, but once you do, Wow, this really delivers.

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Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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