Oban was one of the first whisky distilleries I visited; it was more than a decade ago, but I remember it well. Situated on Scotland’s west coast in the heart of the Highland town of the same name, Oban is one of the most popular whisky tours in the country, and with good reason.
Little Bay is this much-loved distillery’s latest whisky, and to celebrate, The Whisky Exchange is giving one person the chance to experience a trip to Oban for themselves. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to buy a bottle of Little Bay, and you’ll enter our prize draw.
One lucky winner will receive:
- flights to Glasgow from the UK for two people
- transfers to and from the hotel
- VIP tour of Oban Distillery
- dinner for two (up to the value of £75)
- one night’s hotel accommodation (twin or double room), including breakfast.
How does Little Bay differ from regular Oban bottlings? Well, it spends part of its life in 200-litre ex-bourbon barrels – the smallest you’ll find at the distillery – which impart rich, spicy notes to this fruity, honeyed whisky. This is what I thought when I tried it:
Nose: Clean, bright fruit, with aromas of peach, orange peel and a touch of red berries. Some pleasing oatmeal-biscuit notes, too, along with honey and cherry.
Palate: Fuller on the palate, with cinnamon and clove mingling with rich, honeyed fruit – apricot, apple and orange – and brioche. A sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper perks up the palate, too, along with a hint of barrel char.
Finish: The citrus fruit and spices fade in equal proportion.
This is a cracking new whisky, and a great prize, too, so don’t delay – you need to buy your bottle of Little Bay by Friday 13 May to be in with a chance. Good luck! For full details, go to our Oban Little Bay prize draw page.