Tuesday, March 14, 2023


Diageo, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition distillery exclusive bottling, from its Oban Distillery.

Oban Young Teddy (50.8% ABV) is a non-age-stated single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in Palo Cortado and Oloroso Sherry casks.

Oban Young Teddy

This latest release, which is the second to celebrate the legacy of the MacLean family at the Oban Distillery, was inspired by Teddy MacLean, who followed in his father’s footsteps when he joined the Oban Distillery family in 1985.

Nestled between ancient cliffs and the sea, Oban has been at the heart of town for the past 229 years, building and celebrating the community that grew around the distillery. Oban Young Teddy follows the release of Oban Old Teddy in 2019, which honoured Teddy MacLean, the first-generation master distiller and custodian of the cask, who worked at Oban distillery from 1953 until 1990.

Oban Young Teddy, is said to reflect the relaxed and quiet charm and approachability of the man who inspired it. The whisky opens with mild sweet scents of caramel, shortly joined by fresh sea salt air and dry sand. This multi-layered expression has gently matured to become warm and generous, yet unmistakably Oban in character – sharing spicier, sweeter aromas of dried fruits and citrus.

Commenting on the launch, Young Teddy MacLean said: “This bottling is incredibly special to me and my family as we continue to build the MacLean’s legacy here at the Oban distillery for generations to come. Over the years we’ve talked and debated the various elements and influences that deliver that unmistakable character of Oban, talking late into the night about how different sherry casks influence our whisky to create something we’ve never tasted before. Eventually the curiosity got the better of us and the result is this truly special whisky with rich, fruity flavours coming through. This is a gift to our distillery fans, from our family to theirs.”

Limited to 4,542 bottles, Oban Young Teddy, will be available exclusively from the Oban Distillery, from Monday March 20th, for a RRP of £195.00.

Posted by Steve Rush