Oban 14 Year Old, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a core expression from one of Scotland's oldest and smallest distilleries, Oban whisky is the fruit of a tradition that has remained unchanged for 200 years. The tiny lamp glass-shaped copper pot stills that make Oban’s whisky are among the smallest in Scotland, and the spirit they distill is slowly condensed in wooden worm tubs outside among the rooftops, exposed to the salted sea air, the result is a whisky with a full-bodied combination of rich sweetness with smoke and a touch of spice.
70cl at 43% alc./vol.
Warming and sweet: oily, waxy and nutty, balanced by delicate ripe orchard fruits. Then, lighter notes of an almondy fruit cake sit atop a denser layer of Christmas pudding. Behind, malty cereal notes are offset by aromatic orange. Much later: traces of brine and smoke, a little menthol and pine resin.
Dense and coating, spicy too; sweet, yet menthol- fresh. Filling and warming, with the comforting chewiness of rich fruit-bread and hints of orange zest and clove, before growing drier, still minty, with crisp green apple. Less dense and fruitier with just a little water, which allows the classic Oban fruit, malt, and maritime hints free reign until the balancing, drying spice returns.
Long, quite syrupy at first, then drying, with elegant coating tannins rich in dark chocolate character. Later, pine-fresh. At once cleansing yet chewy, with just a trace of late, slightly cedary, smoke.