A drive up the coast to Oban
I don’t know how many different ways you can say “beautiful,” or “spectacular” but I’m sure I’ve said them all while driving through Scotland. The roads are quite narrow and winding and surrounded by pretty villages, stone houses and walls and anything from rolling to staggering hills. Coming upon Oban brings more of the staggering and spectacular, with roads so winding I’m very glad it’s a continuation of the unusually warm and sunny weather.
The town, so it’s said, was built around the distillery and yes, there it is in the middle of town, hemmed in by a cliff on the back, the sea on the front, and buildings on either side.
Full disclosure: I have to admit here that Oban was my first favorite whisky (now I say trying to choose a favorite is like trying to choose between your children), so seeing this distillery is extra special to me. Also, the distillery is in a world of its own location wise, and as tour guide Carol says, just as unique in its approach to flavor, with a hint of the salty sea, a hint of smoke but the smooth gentleness of a highland whisky.
As a special treat, I got to taste whisky straight from the barrel – something I always love to do! – and the tasting was truly special, with Oban Little Bay and its Distillers Edition alongside the classic Oban 14 YO.