The nose is rich and smokey. The medicinal notes are quite evident with notes of the sea; seaweed, tarry ropes. There are notes of cut hay and wood smoke rising with a gentle estery sweetness. The palate is thick and full. Notes of citrus with smooth sweetness. The smoke wafts with notes of seaweed. The oak is quite rich with grist and cereal and malt. The finish is of good length with fruit and dry oak.
Oban has only two pot stills, making it one of the smallest in Scotland, producing a whisky that has been described as having a "West Highland" flavor that falls between the dry, smoky style of the Scottish islands and the lighter, sweeter malts of the Highlands.