Oban is a member of Diageo’s “Classic Malts” collection, representing the Highland region along with Dalwhinnie. Bottled at 43% abv, Oban single malt is aged 14 years although other expressions exist, namely an 18 year version and the new non-age statement (NAS) Oban “Little Bay.” This whisky hails from the town of Oban, located in the western Highland region of Scotland. The Oban distillery isn’t named after the town. Quite the opposite – the town was built around the Oban distillery. That’s a neat story, but there’s good news and bad news here. The good news is that this small distillery produces great whisky. The bummer is there is no room for growth. Because since the town was built around the distillery, there is physically no way the distillery can expand. Oban was founded in 1794, making it one of the oldest whisky distillery around. As mentioned earlier, Oban is on the west coast of Scotland, in the Highland region. It’s placement next to the sea not only earned its nickname “Gateway to the Isles,” it also helps impart some of that maritime essence into its whisky.