Oban 14 Year old
Western Highland Classic Malt
25th Sep 2011
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Tasting Notes by GlassBottle
Nose: full of orchard fruits like pears and oranges, there's a lovely sea-salt smell and well-balanced level of peaty smoke. More subtle notes of marzipan and a curious scent that reminded me of brown bread. Adding water brings pears and melons to the forefront and a honey sweetness appears.
Palate: an excellent blend and balancing act of salt, sweetness and smoke. A delicious sherry cask influence with fruity goodness. Adding water tames the smoke and relegates it to the background, allowing the floral notes to come through a little more.
Body: fairly thick, coats the tongue and very slightly sticky in texture/feel.
Finish: dominated by smoke and a very dry dram.