Oban 14 Year Old

Spicy, Maritime, Costal
The Oban distillery is one of the oldest, one of the smaller and one of the few distilleries in Scotland that produces whisky close to the coast. The Oban 14 is, apart from a special release and a limited edition, the only Oban with an age statement.
As you would expect with an age of almost a quarter of a millenium, the distillery has had several owners and has had to be foreclosed on twice. For a time it even belonged to the Patterson brothers, the perpetrators of the eponymous catastrophic collapse of the whisky industry in the late 1800s.
Oban 14 Year Old
Oban 14 Year Old (Preview Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)
Single Malt Whisky | 14 Year Old | 43,00 % ABV. | 81,29 €/l | Oban Distillery | produced in Scotland (Highlands) | Whiskybase ID 214738


The Scotch opens with fruity notes of mango and peach. This is followed by a little spicy notes of tropical wood. A salty aroma and a hint of smoke resonate. Unexpectedly interesting.


The first sip of this whisky from the western Highlands reminds us of apricot, fruit preserves, rapeseed honey and white chocolate. Really sweet, you could say. The sweetness is then displaced by a salty-mineral and at the same time citrusy-sour blast of flavours. We think of apple cider with lemon curd.


Dry and salty with light oak notes, the single malt lingers for some time before disappearing without a trace.


Geographically on the edge of the Highlands and a few kilometres away from Islay, the profile of the whisky is also laid out there. Not extremely harmonious, as is usually the case with Highland Whiskys, nor briskly peaty like the Islays, but stylistically exactly in between. A maritime combination of two directions, which creamy-smoothly transitions from a nice sweetness to a pleasant saltiness. We like it!

Rating: 78/100 - Very Good (Marcel: 77 | Sascha: 79)

Value for Money: 3/5 - Acceptable

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