Oban 14 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and fresh. At first there’s thin honey and vanilla layer surrounding a fruity fresh middle part. It’s lemon and green apples in abundance. When it starts to settle it slightly shifts towards oranges instead. There’s a floral side to it as well as a mild peatiness. There’s an aura of sweet white wine over the whole thing. After some time a sprinkle of cinnamon starts to emerge and the whole becomes maltier. This is a very nice and easy to approach nose. It’s not especially interesting to explore but delivers a nice array of flavours.

Mouth: It starts out with a surge of peat which quickly move out towards the edges of the palate. The middle becomes sweet and darker with a dark chocolate bitterness as a base plate. It’s nowhere near as fruity as it is on the nose. It’s more of a fuzzy mix of dades and oranges mixed with coffee and cacao. It does have a sharp lemon note in the back. It also feels quite spirity despite its age, which isn’t the greatest thing. There’s also an iodine and medicinal side to it which makes it a bit more interesting.

Finish: The fruitiness with oranges up front makes a big push forward through the transition. The peatiness stays around the edges and give room for the dark chocolate, coffee and now the oakiness to push through. The cinnamon returns as well as the medicinal note, but soon everything just crumbles and leaves a medicre, slightly bitter oakiness with a small layer of oranges left behind. This is a good yet weird whisky which is all over the place. A lot of the flavours are nice, but it’s quite hard to follow along. It really lacks a sense of direction.

Additional information
The Oban 14 YO is a part of Diageo’s ”The Classon Malts of Scotland” series. It’s aged mostly in refill american ex-bourbon barrels.

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