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Oban 14-year-old

Overall rating
81.34/100
votes
1868
Whiskybase ID
39
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
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

€ 55.34

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1868 × member ratings

96 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban 14-year-old

200 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.34 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. 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

  6. 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

  7. dimitrios scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. riegerjonas scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    2020-10-02

  9. Svarttt scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I remembered better. That is quite irrelevant and despite 43 vol. It looks watery.
    Can be seen as an easy drinking dram, but that's also possible for half the price.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. Rody024 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    A bit unbalanced, but it lends perfectly in combination of a great mushroom risotto or poultry.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Floral (honey), barley, vanilla, citrus and a whiff of wood.
    • Taste
      75 75
      A slightly lack of balance here of the ABV compared to the flavours.
      Honey, black pepper, barley and a whiff of red fruit.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium length with some fruitiness and black pepper.

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