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Oban 14 Year Old

Oban 14YO

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pReview by @peanutaxis

16th Nov 2013


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This whisky is VERY bitter. I can't have more than half a glass of it, which is a pity because it is otherwise very nice, though it definitely has a more lowland flavour profile. I liken it to Cragganmore in how well balanced the peat and malt flavours are (though of course cragganmore is not bitter and far more complex and fragrant). Maybe the high alcohol contributes to the bitterness. Pity.

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Bigtuna commented

Give it time, it may just be the salt. My bottle balanced out after several months of being opened, becoming more sweat. However I never got any overwhelming bitter notes, maybe it's an off batch. How old is the bottle?

10 years ago 0

peanutaxis commented

Mmmn. It's not as bad now. Either I was in the wrong frame of palate when I tried it first or a little oxygen sorted it. Now that I'm back drinking it, it's definitely tail-heavy like lowlands like Glenkinchie. Definitely not worth the huge price. I'd go for Cragganmore or Glenmorangie or even Talisker every time, and pay less.

10 years ago 0

FMichael commented

@ peanutaxis - Might I suggest you try the Clynelish 14 yr...I find it to be similar to the Oban 14 yr - however there's a nice malty/sweet finish that the Oban lacks.

10 years ago 0

peanutaxis commented

I think it's the wood that's funny. It has almost exactly the same sweet sickly wood nose that Woodford Reserve Bourbon does. Maybe the wood's very young or it's not very charred.

10 years ago 0

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