When brothers Hugh and John Stevenson arrived at the frontier of the Hebrides Islands in 1793, they found little more than a natural harbor and a windswept view. Here they opened the Oban Brewing Company, their ‘Cowbell Ale’ being the first production. In 1989, Oban 14 Year Old was named one of six Classic Malts representing the Western Highlands region.
Oban's stills are small and condensing takes place in worm tubs. It is because of this that Oban produces significantly less than it could. The reason for this is to retain its character. Oban’s make is light rather than heavy, and that means a lot of copper contact is needed. The result is a clean, intensely fruity spirit which after ageing in refill casks also has a tingling mineral spiciness.