About the Distillery
“Oban was just a small fishing village when the brothers Stevenson, who had had a hand in the building of Tobermory on Mull, founded the distillery on the site of a former brewery and then set about expanding Oban by establishing a tannery, a boating yard and other house building schemes.
The distillery, founded in 1794 predates the town. The town literally grew around the distillery, hemming it in and making any future expansion plans obsolete. Hence, the distillery is fairly small (in the Diageo group it’s the second smallest, the second most frequented, the fifth best selling single malt and their best selling malt in U.S.A. ). With such small production all of the make is destined for single malt bottling.
Independent bottles are nigh-on non-existent and there are only two readily available distillery own bottles – the standard 14 year old and a Distillers Edition finished in a montilla fino sherry cask. The distillery exclusive bottle, released in 2010, was frustratingly sold out. However, you are treated to a very small taster (very small) at the end of the tour from a 9 year old single cask, distilled in 2003, that was maturing in the old filling room more-or-less directly below the stills.” (passage thanks to whiskysheffield).