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Oban Old Teddy honours distillery family


Oban is celebrating ‘three generations of whisky craftsmanship’ with the launch of Oban Old Teddy, a new distillery exclusive single malt.

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Generation game: Oban Old Teddy honours one of the distillery's most dedicated families

Oban Old Teddy is being released in honour of the Maclean family, three generations of which have served at the west coast distillery.

‘Old Teddy’, after whom the expression is named, worked at Oban as master distiller in 1953. His son, ‘Young Teddy’, joined in 1985, followed by grandson Derek in 2017.

Derek Maclean, senior operator at Oban said: ‘This unique bottling is a celebration of our heritage and pays homage to my grandfather, whose fine craftmanship has been preserved in the heart and soul of the distillery at Oban.

‘This bottling is inspired by Old Teddy’s warm and gentle nature, physical strength and pride as dedicated maltster. It is a dram he would be proud of.’

Matured in ex-bodega Sherry casks and refill casks, Oban Old Teddy is described as having notes of ‘dried fruits, gentle vanilla, citrus peel… honey and sticky toffee pudding’.

The expression is bottled at 51.7% abv without an age statement.

Just 3,960 bottles are available to purchase exclusively at the distillery from July for £150 per 70cl bottle.

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