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Whisky Reviews for Oban 2005
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.26 points
- Quite similar to the 14 in terms of honey, bitter oranges and overall impression. But offered an additional dimension, namely the Fino barrel and while you could clearly notice the additional barrel notes in particular, sometimes a clear note of the Fino sherry flashed. Nice whisky with flavors that are not to be found everywhere.
- Soft and fruity with malt. The sherry comes through dry. A little smoke (5-7ppm) This bottling is more intense than the previous years ...
- Very smoother, fruity and delicate rauciger malt. PLV-Tip.
- A refreshing dram.
In my pre-historical scoring method, it's an 9.1/10.
Sherry. Salty at the back. Oily.
Rich sweetness and punchy.
Long, malty finish.
- - a good dest. Ed. and a significant increase
compared to the standard 14 y.
fruity, floral, raisins, dried fruits, exotic fruits, oak, plum, hint of honey
Powerful start, surprisingly a lot of spice, more of a strong character with wood aromas than a fruity style, contrary to what the smell suggests, oak, plum, orange, dry sherry aroma
medium-long, strong, spicy finish;
medium-long woody, slightly salty aftertaste
- Overripe Fruit
Whenever I go to for dinner in a restaurant and I see the Oban 14 on the shelve – this does not happen very often, I admit – I order a dram. This classic, maritime malt in fact never disappoints. That is why I will try this Distillers Edition with much gusto and I am quite curious to the influence of the second maturation, in this case a Montilla Fino sherry cask.
Contrary to expectations, the typical maritime character of this Oban on the nose is completely wrapped up in sweet notes from the sherry cask. Overripe fruit (peach, banana, cherries and gooseberries) rule this nose and only a subtle salty edge refers to its pedigree.
Soft on the palate and almost no spiciness. Just a hint of liquorice, coriander and nutmeg. That gives the sweetness of the fruit all of the freedom it needs to show itself. This evolves from overripe and juicy to candied and dried.
The finish is the clincher. This is quite spicy with lots of woodsmoke and lasts very long.
The typical DNA of Oban only reveals itself in the finish. But what the lovely malt indeed.
- Actually expected more of this, but is was more of earthy and organic notes, did not find a variety of fruits or sweetness in it. It was not bad, but far from memorable.
In the finish some more peaty notes.
Earthy notes, a very slight whiff of peat, fruity as well, citrus, pretty some alcohol. Later on more organic/vegetal, more earth, later some caramel.
PRetty strong, honey, again something organic, a little earthy, and spicy.
Pretty smooth, earthy again, pretty short and now some more peaty notes arrive.
- Tasted on 02-25-2021.
- n: sweet, citrus, fruit, pepper, herbal, acidic
t: sweet, spicy, pepper, oak
a: fruit, spicy
- Compared to previous bottlings, the DE 2019 is seamless in terms of taste / flavor - but considerably more harmonious and intense than its predecessors.
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