So far I have only tried the standard Oban 14 Year Old, way back at the start of my whisky adventure. Looking back, it would seem I did not quite appreciate it at the time. Need to revisit that one soon, I think. I am quite sure I would like it much better today. But there are also a lot of Distiller’s Editions, which started appearing in 2000. Hence I am very curious to this DE from 1992 (bottled 2006). It was double matured as they call it, on Montilla Fino sherry wood. Montilla is the wine region around the Spanish Cordoba. I will try a more recent bottling from 1996 after this one.
The nose is pretty hearty, actually. Apart from loads of fruits, clearly from the sherry cask because it offers strawberries, dried peach, honey and juicy plums, I also get some maritime notes. Pistachio nuts and burnt barley. Milk chocolate with hazelnuts. A little waxy with a touch of smoke. This is very nice.
It is qutie oily and spicy (think nutmeg), but mostly sweet. Full flavours of nuts and chocolate, some tobacco and stewed fruits. Mildly drying with a hefty helping of peat.
In the long, warm finish, that drying continuous and allows the peat the final spotlight.
A rather attractive Oban, with a great palate in which sweet and salty battle for supremacy. You can still find this one for around 60 EUR. Thanks, Ruben.