Oban 14-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
14 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
22 Jun 2007 8:33 pm

Average value

€ 52.89

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Whisky Reviews for Oban 14-year-old

179 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.30 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points 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. SAND scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    (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.

  4. 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

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. Syleo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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!

  7. Koning scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    This whisky really grew on me. In the first months I wasn't that enthousiastic about it's profile and I would give it around 80 points. Almost two years later I emptied the bottle, and it oxidated really well. It's indeed a maritime dram with some interesting flavours you won't encounter often in other malts.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Wet dog, hay, and maybe a hint of mushrooms. Also more conventional notes like honey and citrus fruits. Quite coastal too (sea spay), some coffee and caramel, and a hint of smoke. A bit shy at first, but opens up beautifully with a dash of water.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Quite mineral and oily. Whipped cream, mussels, fennel, lemon, green peppers.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A bit weaker and quite broad in flavours: Malt sugars, leather, oyster, black olives, aniseed, bitter oranges

  8. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    "Wow.." In a bad way, actually. Everything semms like it is behind a wall. Good flavours, but hidden far away. I really expected this to perform better. It was one of the first whiskies I ordered in a bar, and I just knew I had to own one. Well, now I do, and I must say that it's not as good now as it was when i was a newbie.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Starts off quite fruity in the nose. Then I read a review mentioning minerals, and I definitely can see the connection betwees this and a rocky, moist cave!
      Elderflower, overripe pears, (grandpa pipe) tobacco, charred wood, apple pie. A little bit flat, yet complex in the nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      It's very... thin? So this is what chill filtration tastes like..
      A bit of peat smoke, salt, fresh oak. Actually reminds me of a rye in a way.. Lots of hay/dry grass. Gives a feeling of walking across a lawn that was mown a few days ago in the hot summer.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Not a whole lot.. A short shot of oak and pepper.

  9. funtik1975 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior


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