Unsurprisingly, the 14 Oban standard, which draws lazy oily streaks along the glass rim, welcomes the nose with the typical Highlands & Islands style. Fruit from green banana to pineapple leads into vanilla, some freshly plucked herbs, lilac and some cereals. A slight hint of smoke and a pinch of salt hovers over it like the cooled ash of a campfire in a sea breeze on the beach.
The taste bites much more alcoholic than expected at the beginning, but then quickly changes to the aromas of grain, fruit and vanilla sweetness that are known from the nose, which in turn are accompanied by the slight cold and salty campfire note. The slightly scratchy, warm finish remains somewhat short but balanced, the smoke remains less strongly than the grain-fruity impressions.
Not a blast, but thanks to its quite large distribution in the catering trade, I have always accepted this standard, with which you cannot go wrong. Always tastes very good!