Previously part of their travel retail offering, Oban's Little Bay has graduated to the core range as a 70cl bottling. Master Blenders Dr. Matthew Crow and Dr. Craig Wilson use whisky matured in refill American oak hogsheads, European oak Sherry casks and refill casks with new ends for this expression before allowing the resultant single malt whisky to marry in small oak casks.
The new Oban Little Bay is a welcome new single malt whisky from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Oban has always been a single malt whisky in short supply, primarily due to its Western Highlands location. Named after Oban Bay and the 18th-century coastal fishing village that grew up around it, the Oban Distillery is hemmed in between the town’s main street and a steeply rising hill so it literally has no room to grow. Hence, ever since the distillery was built in 1794, Oban’s whisky output has been limited, made even more so by the fact that not only is Oban one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, it also boasts some of the smallest stills.