About Oban Whisky Distillery
670 000 litres
Stafford Street, Oban, Argyll
John and Hugh Stevenson found the dis-tillery on premises previously used for brewing.
Start of operations.
Hugh Stevenson dies.
Hugh Stevenson’s son Thomas, having recently returned from Buenos Aires, takes over.
Thomas Stevenson acquires the remaining shares in Oban Brewery Company.
A series of unsuccessful business investments force Thomas Stevenson into bankruptcy with debts of over £8,000. His eldest son John takes over operations at the distillery.
John buys the distillery from his father’s creditors for £1,500.
Peter Cumstie buys the distillery.
Cumstie sells Oban to James Walter Higgins who refurbishes and modernizes it.
The Oban & Aultmore-Glenlivet Co. takes over with Alexander Edwards at the helm A consortium made up of John Dewar & Sons, James Buchanan & Company and White Horse Distillers is also involved in the company.
The Oban Distillery Co. owned by Buchanan-Dewar takes over.
Buchanan-Dewar becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).
Administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).
In production again.
Floor maltings ceases and the distillery closes for reconstruction.
Reopening of the distillery.
Oban 12 years is on sale.
United Distillers launches Classic Malts. Oban 14 year is selected to represent Western Highlands.
A visitor centre is built.
A Distillers’ Edition is launched.
he, so far, oldest Oban (32 years) is launched in a limited edition of 6,000 bottles.
A 20 year old cask strength from 1984 (1,260 bottles) is released.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde