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Oban 14-year-old

Overall rating
81.36/100
votes
1967
Whiskybase ID
WB39
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Little Bay of Caves
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281005447
Added on
22 Jun 2007 8:33 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 53.48

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1967 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Oban 14-year-old

212 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.36 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Super Administrator

    Representing the West Highlands in Diageo's Classic Malts of Scotland, Oban 14 features a mineral and slightly salty character. The aroma is both engaging and complex with juicy blood oranges, toffee, fresh tobacco and a lovely coastal touch. After its briny and spicy arrival, the taste develops with intense wood influence, bitter walnuts and a surprising flash of menthol. Astringent dryness and distant hints of spearmint remain of a weak and quickly gone finish, where chill-filtration has taken its toll. Not the greatest malt of the range, but worth a try.

    RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The 14-year-matured Highland whisky starts fresh and fruity. Pears, apricots, citrus fruits, light caramel notes, blossom honey and some hard to define herbs dominate my first impressions. A salty sea breeze lays like a thin veil over the other flavors. The alcohol (43%) is not noticeable and very well integrated. In the background a delicate smoky note lingers. Hints of dry oak and a touch of licorice complete the rather complex and very well-balanced aromas.
    • Taste
      The texture of the Oban is pleasantly gentle, a few freshly ground peppercorns cause a tender tingling at the tip of the tongue. The intensity of the smoke increases slightly but remains light and far from the harsh Islay malts. Vanilla, salty caramel sweets, sweet apricots, dried orange peel, honey, coffee, herbs and spicy wood notes are present. The maritime notes linger familiarly in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet and spicy and smoky. A hint of freshly ground pepper, light smoke, herbs, bright fruits, salt, licorice and spicy oak finish off the Oban. A slight dryness remains on the palate.

  3. Reed scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Light fruits, ripe pears, oak.
    • Taste
      76 76
      First oak, (a few) light-colored fruits with a slight sweetness that give way to strong pepper notes. For 43% the pepper notes are very dominant.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Short to medium-long finish, mainly oak and pepper notes.

      Conclusion:
      I am pretty disappointed to be honest. For the price of around 50 € that I paid at the time, what is offered is only below average. There are much better products in this price range, e.g. the Tullibardine 15 (WID: 148060).

  4. SAND scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    (Lot # LLJA0001914. Has been in a bottle with very low fill level for the last several years)
    NOSE: Mild malt and bourbon notes. A flowery scent which is a bit dark (as opposed to light and summery), perhaps some heather and hints of honey. Some woody notes as well. Improved with water, which brought out orchard fruits and some barley. (85p)
    TASTE: The arrival is a little tame, wood and some honey, but little malt or fruit. On the mid palate i also find more wood than malt or fruitiness. Water made it a little sweeter. (80p)
    FINISH: The finish is also a but wood dominated and a bit astringent and peppery although it also has some honey sweetness. Improved a bit with water. (83p)
    TOTAL SCORE 83 points.

  5. Moses scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It has its place in the classic malt range. Perhaps not optimal in terms of price-performance ratio, but a fair bottle.
    • Nose
      Smells like buttery cardboard. It's not a nose that impresses. But very pleasant with a little salt in the air. Malty.
    • Taste
      Malty and salty. Or rather a distillery on the coast? An oily respectable body.
    • Finish
      Clean and dry finish. What remains is the wonderful nature (flora) directly on the coast. Round and clean.

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]   Many years ago I had my last standard edition Oban so today's distillery visit is a good refresh on this.  I expect nothing spectacular and I get ... nothing spectacular.  Just an easy to drink dram with the claimed honey and oranges profile.  Warming entry on the palate but not much coating.  Both the taste and finish are very okayish, yet nothing to remember by tomorrow morning.  But hey, such a whisky is made for drinking and not for "analysis paralysis"...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. HammerHead scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Nose: lots of alcohol in the nose, salty, spicy (some cardemom), vegetal and a little sulfury smoke.

    Taste: medium bodied with some sherry sweetness and bitter herbs.

    The finish is very one dimensional, I only get a very dry bitter woodsap.

    The nose is pretty ok but then it really runs downhill. This is actually one of the few whiskies where I'd wish the finish to be shorter. Oban 14 yo clearly does not rock my boat.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  8. Romansen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Kraddell scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Pours a medium ligth pale yellow. Scent is milder in intensity, wide in it's offering. heavy on the malts, milder on the wood. Taste is powerfull, salty, drying woodyness. sharp edge to it, that I usually also have in peated whisky (though I get no peat in this one). Interesting, and so far to me, quite unique in it's aroma's. higher intensity, but remains quite friendly nevertheless. Malty finish. Very decent .

  10. BLX scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
      Gentle peat, smoke and salt . Not clingy or complex however pleasant enough.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Mellow, light green fruits. Hint of vanilla and ginger. Not overtly complex.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Decent short to medium finish. Overall not bad but not worth the 50 pounds RRP.

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