Certainly a very interesting Oban, but a lot less that
the bottling of 4 years prior. Still available for around 60 EUR. Thanks, Jan.
The nose is interesting, but a lot less sweet than the
1992 version. Honey plays the starring role in this one, while the mildly salty
aroma holds back. But it also shows a little rubbery side. Hints of vanilla and
a touch of smoke, albeit somewhat less outspoken. After a while, it shows a lot
of citrus fruit and nuts.
It is pretty oily on the palate and quite spicy. Not
so much fruit, but more bitter chocolate. Chicory, nutmeg, white pepper, candied
ginger and loads of silt. Oh, yes, midpalate that saltiness turns to brine,
which overpowers the fruit completely. Salty evolution!
The finish is rather long with the spices and the salt
lingering. It leaves the mouth completely dry.