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The Oban distillery sits in the town of the same name and overlooks the harbour and the sea at Scotland’s western coast. The Oban distillery was founded in 1793 by Hugh and John Stevenson on the site of an old brewery. The distillery dominates the town, despite being rather small and its aesthetics are rather imperial. The pair of stills has a capacity of just 670,000 litres per annum and almost all of this is matured and bottled as single malt Scotch whisky.

Just before the turn of the twentieth century, Oban became part of the Oban and Aultmore-Glenlivet Company. In 1925, the company was acquired by Distillers Company Limited and five years later it was transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers. Following a brief few years of silence, the Oban whisky distillery reopened in 1937 and remained open until 1968 when the distillery was closed for renovation.

In 1972, the stills of Oban ran with spirit once more and in 1988 parent company United Distillers released the Classic Malts range. Oban being the Western Highlands’ representative in said range. A year later, a visitor centre was inaugurated. The distillery’s popularity has increased greatly in recent years. Independent releases are nigh on impossible to find, though the official range is quite substantial.

Oban Whisky Distillery

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About Oban Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01631 572004

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

670 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner


Distillery Address

Stafford Street, Oban, Argyll

Distillery Website


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).


Production ceases.


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

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A tasty coastal malt, this Oban was partly matured in Montilla fino casks and released as a special Distillers Edition.  More info
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Oban 32 Year Old
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Distilled in 1969 and aged for 32 years before bottling at cask strength, a rare single malt from the Oban distillery.  More info
The founders of Oban distillery were entrepreneurs who imported and exported goods for which they could sense a demand. They would have approved of the Spanish influence brought to bear by this...  More info
A new and very special release of Oban, this is a single cask edition from Diageo's comprehensive Managers Choice series, with a single cask whisky from each of their 27 malt whisky distilleries. This...  More info
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A limited edition Oban, part of Diageo's 2013 Special Releases. One of our favourites from this year's selection, this natural cask strength Highland single malt was matured...  More info
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Ridiculously rare, this bottle of Oban 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was produced in the 1970s. Well preserved in the fantastic bottle, this Highland whisky would certainly become a prized...  More info
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