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Oban 12 Year Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky
About Oban 12 Year Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch WhiskyAfter moving with their widowed mother to the small port city of Oban (situated in northwest Scotland), John and Hugh Stevenson took jobs building and repairing boats at the city's boatyard, a trade they had learned from their late father. In the 1790s, the brothers left their boat-making jobs and founded a brewery in the city. In 1794, they converted their brewery into Oban Distillery, one of the oldest and most prestigious distilleries in Scotland.
For nearly a century, Oban Distillery remained in the hands of the Stevenson family. In 1883, however, J. Walter Higgin purchased the distillery and began renovations. While Higgin renovated both the distillery's equipment and structure, he did so piecemeal in order to ensure that the distillery was able to meet the uninterrupted demand for its whisky. Today, over 100 years later, Oban Distillery remains substantially the same as it was after Higgin's refurbishment.
Oban Single Malt Whisky is made using 100% barley, which is malted to the distillery's exact specifications. After the barley is malted, it is partially germinated and gently dried over a peat kiln, giving it a slightly smoky, malty flavor profile. Then, the malted barley is mashed and fermented before being twice-distilled through Oban's lantern-shaped copper-pot stills. The stills are among the smallest in Scotland, limiting Oban's production to just 650,000 liters of whisky annually.
Diageo's 2021 Special Releases Collection follows the theme of hidden stories within iconic distilleries, connected via mythical creatures depicted on the bottles. Distilled, matured, and bottled in Scotland, this Oban 12-year-old single malt Scotch whisky was aged in ex-bourbon and refill casks. Bottled at cask strength (112.4 proof), it's a layered whisky with a light and dark side. Sweet chili, citrus, and sweetness on one side are balanced with maritime brine, oak spice, and a peppery finish on the other.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.