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Oban 14 Year Old

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@WhiskyBeeReview by @WhiskyBee

15th Aug 2012


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I bought a bottle of Oban 14 yo on the recommendation of a well-informed store clerk. I knew reviews on this one were all over the place, but the clerk's analysis convinced me it was worth a shot.

My first impression was...meh. Not bad, not great. I'll finish the bottle eventually. But I thought it unlikely that it would ever be one of my go-to whiskies.

Then I began to appreciate it as a perfect evening-ender. I have a few drams about two or three days per week, and I usually start light, move to moderate, and end with a peat blast.

Ending with a big Islay peat, however, left a pine-y sweetness in the back of my mouth, and I found myself craving something salty to balance it out. Oban was perfect for this purpose. As a follow-up to an Ardbeg or a Lagavulin, it tasted more delicious than ever.

It's still not a whisky I'd choose if I wanted just a single dram. But it's found its spot in my Sunday-afternoon tasting sessions, and it's now a must-have on my shelf.

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Victor commented

Mild mannered stuff. Expect the Oban 14 to get a lot sweeter with some oxidation. If the bottle is still very new, you may not be tasting the full sweetness that comes later with Oban 14.

11 years ago 0

Wills commented

Like your point of view, because I feel the same. Often the whisky before influences my tasting a ton. Though it's nice to have a big variety of flavors, I can't compare or describe the dram very well. Maybe I should drink more water between 2 drams ;)

11 years ago 0

WhiskyBee commented

@Victor, I'm sipping an Oban at the moment, and I do indeed notice it's getting sweeter (the bottle level is about down to the name on the label). Still enough middle-of-the-tongue salt tingle to serve its purpose, however!

11 years ago 0

WhiskyBee commented

A whisky review without tasting notes? Jeez, who wrote this crap?

(I'll probably do a proper review of Oban 14 one of these days. I'd now grade it at about 83, give or take a point.)

10 years ago 0

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