The archaeological discovery of six adult and four children bodies stopped the construction of new storage buildings on the property of Oban distillery in 1890. Did they die due to an extensive whisky consumption?
Pleasantries aside: this 5000 years old remains is a remarkable find which nowadays is exhibited in the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh.
The Oban distillery was founded by the brothers John and Hugh Stevenson in 1794. So it counts to one of Scotlands oldest . Within a few years arose the same named small port village located at the border between the western highlands and the islands. The perfectly safed natural port turns Oban into the most important harbor concerning the traffic to the islands and the capital of the islands. The Oban distillerie belongs to current owners Diageo.
The 14 years Scotch single malt belongs to the world famous Classic Malts. The Oban matures in Bourbon and Montilla-Sherry casks. The water comes from the the Loch Gleann a’Bherraidh. The single malt is know for it´s tender smoky-peaty flavour with a hint of fruits accompanied by a slightly note of salt. Those salty aromas result of the proximity to the sea.
While Scotties will decide “Yes” or “No”, i decided to make my choice between Single Malts from the Scottish Highlands and those from Speyside.
Most Scottish Whiskys are distilled along river Spey. These Whisky are popular for smooth and soft taste, pure spring water and are hardly peaty.
The Cardhu 12 years old Single Malt combines all this at its best! This Single Malt is well-balanced and the gentle sweetness is fabulous. Maybe that’s why Cardhu 12 years Single Malt won Gold at International Wine and Spirits Competition as the best Speyside Whisky up to 12 years old. By the way: The Cardhu Distillery was cofounded by two women, Helen & Elizabeth Cumming. Good idea, girls!
On the other hand i’ve chosen Highland Park 12 years old, distilled in Kirkwall, the most northerly distillery in Scotland. A lot of Whisky-Freaks say, it is the best allrounder in the world of malt-whisky! And it’s true: sweet honey, not as sweet as the cardhu 12, but sweet enough to make me curious. Combined with aromatic peat, and the plenty of green notes, this Single Malt is a true allrounder and a good entry for Whisky-beginners!
Well, its a nip-and-tuck-race, and no winner-region should be chosen. Both Whisky are great. Yes for Scottish Single Malts