OBAN 10YO SPECIAL RELEASE 2022 70 CL
New Oban bottlings don't come along very long and this release as part of the Diageo Special Releases 2022 is a bit different to most. Matured initially in refill and new-American-oak casks, it is then further aged in amontillado sherry casks. The result is an elegant sherry-forward, dried and fresh fruit layer that complements Oban's orangey distillery character.
Apples, oranges and sultanas at first, with hints of spice. The sultana notes build but never overpower. Creaminess develops, dusted with lemon zest and a little brown sugar. Toffee and milk-chocolate notes emerge from the depths and crunchy pear sits around the edges.
Apples, pears and cream lead to milk chocolate and orange fondant. Soft toffee and a grind of black pepper grow in intensity, with pear, a pinch of chilli heat and green-capsicum flavour. Dark-chocolate and plum notes notes develop with a touch of sweet liquorice.
Chilli spice tingles and fades to reveal wine-poached pears and crunchy apples.