The Oban distillery was founded in1794 and carries the distinction of being one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland. In fact the town of Oban grew up around the distillery built by brothers John and Hugh Stevenson and remained in family hands until 1869. Bought a few years later by J Walter Higgin it was later dismantled, rebuilt and refurbished between 1890 and 1894 to become the building and Oban landmark seen today.
Operating with only two pot stills which in character have remained unchanged over the years to preserve the unique qualities and taste it is one of the smallest whisky distilleries in Scotland. Connoisseurs of the ‘amber nectar’ describe the whisky as having a West Highland flavour; somewhere between the dry, smoky flavour of the Scottish Island malt whiskies and the lighter, sweeter malts of the Highlands. It is particularly famous for its 14 year old malt.
The distillery is open to visitors who can enjoy a guided tour, see the production process and finally taste this unique malt whisky. There is an admission charge and visitors should check beforehand for opening times.