This is a NAS expression from Oban that is a made up of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks that is married in small oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Briny with some playdough, but fairly hollow overall. Light blackberries with whipped cream.
Palate: Smoky malt with damp cardboard, slightly herbal profile, and subtle spices.
Finish: Very faint berries and sour malt – otherwise unremarkable.
Rating: 71/100 – I found this very underwhelming on all fronts. It’s not bad per se, but all the flavor/aroma knobs have been dialed down to about 3 it seems.
Value for the money: These retail around $70 which is a very easy pass. Spend $30 more or so and pick up the Oban 18 if you’re looking for an Oban.