Review: Oban 14 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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14 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Oban (Oban,Scotland)

Nice bottle. Another one of the original 6 Diageo Classic Malts collection, representing the highlands (Oban is a beautiful area of Scotland, if you ever want to visit). Also, not a huge distillery - only producing two whiskies in their core range, and Diageo's second smallest distillery.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Lots of fruit on the nose. Light earthiness. Oranges, lemon, vanilla, and very clean malt (i.e. not a lot of cereal aromas) – not one that immediately comes out at you. Lightly complex. Vanilla, manuka honey, parmesan cheese, light sherry note.

The palate is dry, with a ton of citrus! Orange, plums, prunes, currants, plum jam, rosehip jam, cardamom, mint.

Fades to spices and a light bit of oak, alongside candied fruit and almond. A lot going on!

I quite like the dryness of the palate – I do tend to like dry whiskies (dry as in feel, not as in unsweet)

Score: 82/100

Value: 17/100 (based on $110)

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: L6252DM000 57627439
  • Bottling Date: 2017

Peach, fresh pineapple, wildflower honey, dried peach, marmelade all easily present on the nose. The palate leads in with the soft fruits and then earthy barley comes in. Lightly sweet, with the dried fruits coming in but ending with the barley and the oak. Lots of nice spices emerging on the finish – nutmeg, clove, artichoke, and some marmelade. I quite like the interplay of the dried stone fruits with the spice and the oak – both on the end of the palate and on the finish.

Score: 82/100

Value: 17/100 (based on $110)