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Oban 14 Year Old

Malt, Salt, Heather and Leather

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@DevoReview by @Devo

5th Mar 2012


Oban 14 Year Old
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Nose: An interesting mix of dry grassy notes and sea smells. Tomato stems. Citrus rind. A wee suggestion of sweet malt in here as well. And cherry, which oddly starts me on catching a fair bit of bourbon notes in this. (particularly of Bulleit bourbon... coincidentally, owned by Diageo as well). Not sure if this is just my imagination... although I will say that I picked out the Bulleit notes before I knew they were a Diageo brand. I've seen mention that Oban 14 is sherry cask matured in other reviews, but haven't be able to pin down any factual data. If anyone knows for sure, please let me know. For now... I'm stickin' with the bourbon notes.

Taste: Sweet malty start... sustained. Heather honey, sweet cherry. Again... some bourbon flavours in here. This whisky coats the tongue nicely without having too much of an oily feel. Spice kicks in, building slowly then gets dry. Sea air and grassy notes come back, now with with dry leather and parchment.

Finish: Dry and fairly long. Spice and a mild smokiness keeps the mouth tingling pleasantly. Salty leather. A woody vanilla note emerges and get sweeter as time passes eventually evolving to a faint aftertaste of walnuts and apple pie.

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Devo commented

About a third of the way through the bottle, and now I get some prominent licorice notes in both the taste and finish... Especially when a bit of water is added.

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