Oban Young Teddy is inspired by distiller Teddy MacLean, who followed in his father's footsteps when he joined the Oban Distillery team in 1985. It follows the release of Oban Old Teddy in 2019, bottled in honour of Teddy MacLean, the family's first-generation master distiller who worked at the Highland distillery from 1953 to 1990.
A limited-edition distillery-exclusive bottling, Oban Young Teddy is said to reflect its namesake's 'quiet charm and approachability'. The single malt was finished in a combination of Palo Cortado and oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 50.8% ABV.
Young Teddy MacLean, now retired from the distillery, 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."
Barbara Smith, managing director of Diageo’s Scotland brand homes, said: "Oban is one of our most visited distilleries with guests from across the world looking to explore all this wonderful coastal town has to offer. Our people are our greatest asset and Young Teddy and his family have played a hugely important role at Oban Distillery, and we’re delighted to celebrate the Maclean legacy with this exclusive bottling.”
Oban Young Teddy will be available exclusively at the Oban Distillery from 20 March priced at £195 per 70cl bottle. In total, 4,542 bottles will be made available to purchase.