Oban, 18 year old, 43%

Price: $150.00 Issue: Winter 2008 Reviewer: John Hansell

Drier, less toffee and fruit, more dried spice and oak when compared to the standard Oban 14 year old. A beautiful combination of rich, nutty toffee balanced by polished oak, salt, pepper, seaweed, distant smoke, and dried fruit. Somewhat oily in texture. Wonderful depth, too! An improvement on what is already the biggest-selling Diageo single malt scotch in the U.S. Very exciting and dynamic. (7,700 bottles available only in the U.S. and at the Oban distillery).