An Inaugural Review

Oban 14y

Reviewed by victor


Oban is a very small distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Its 14 year old expression is an absolute classic and part of Diageo's "Classic Malts of Scotland" range. I myself had no previous experiences with Oban before buying this bottle on a whim. The distillery's name is certainly unique, so how's the whisky?

0.7 - Amber. Has added coloring.

Nose

Fresh, sweet. Hints of wine gums. Oranges and a bit of smoke or perhaps pepper.

Palate

Lots of oranges. Salty. Quite round and oily mouthfeel, but not a very full flavor.

Finish

Dark fruits (sherry-ish), licorice. There's a slight bitterness. Peaches. Medium length with more wine gums and a tad of heat at the end. When given more time, the whisky brings out more of the omnipresent oranges.

Lovely finish, but a bit one sided with all the oranges. The salt is nice, and so is the touch of heat. It's hard to tell if it's smokiness, spice or both. I expected a bit more peat from what I've heard. To summarize, it comes off a bit too thin.

Score

72 / 100
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