Diageo has unveiled the latest NAS whisky in its portfolio, this time from the tiny Oban distillery on the west coast of Scotland.
Called Oban Little Bay, it was first launched in the US last year, and is finally making its way to the UK’s shores.
The liquid is a combination of very lightly peated whiskies aged in European sherry casks, refill bourbon casks with heavily charred ends and refill hogsheads. These liquids are then married together and further matured in Diageo’s smallest American oak barrels.
All that American oak has resulted in a whisky heavy on sweet vanilla notes, with plenty of butterscotch and fudge on the nose, before a grassier element and some citrus come through. It’s a gentle, sweet dram on the palate, with those vanilla characters augmented with some clementine oils and a whisper of charcoal smoke on a relatively dry finish. It’s an easy-drinking drop that’s a great introductory whisky, or one to have with dessert.
Keep an eye out for Little Bay coming ashore in mid-February.
Price TBC, 43% abv, Diageo, 020 8978 6000