Oban Little Bay
Oban Little Bay, NAS, 43 %
This is a no age statement expression (NAS). The whisky that went into the Oban Little Bay has been matured in three types of casks; European oak ex-sherry casks, re-fill casks with new oak cask ends and re-fill American oak hogsheads. These have then been combined and married in small oak casks for a short period for added integration and maturation.
The price is set to around GBP 60.
Nose (22/25): Sweet, vanilla, banana, mild maltiness. Soft and delicate. A hint of sea salt gives it a slightly maritime feel. There is also some citrus and soft fruitiness.
Taste (21/25): More salty now, and with added white pepper. Still sweet with banana and vanilla. The maltiness is even softer here. A bit minty. The fruitiness is weaker than on the nose, but I do detect notes of green apples and citrus.
Finish (21/25): Medium long finish. More minty towards the end. The maltiness increases a bit, and takes over for the vanilla and banana notes.
Balance (21/25): A well-balanced, light dram. Perfect for lazy summer afternoons down by the harbour.
I have found some of the facts about this release at Whisky for Everyone.
Image from caskers.com.
Sláinte! - Thomas