Oban is one of Scotland''s oldest distilleries, and sits on the West coast of Scotland in the heart of the town of Oban, capital of North Argyll and ‘Gateway to the Isles’. The buildings nestle beneath the steep cliff that overlooks the town, just a stone''s throw from the sea itself. Established in 1794 by brothers John and Hugh Stevenson, it weathered several financial crises but stayed in the family until 1869. The next notable owner J. Walter Higgin who bought the distillery in 1883 and rebuilt the distillery piece by piece, including the famously small stills and other traditional features. These tiny lantern-shaped copper pot stills are among the smallest in Scotland and contribute to the unique character of the spirit. The Oban is part of original six Classic Malts range first released by IDV in 1988, it is now owned by Diageo.