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Oban 14-year-old

Overall rating 1047 votes 80.91

Tastingtags

136 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
04 May 2017 6:16 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 81 points

Oban 14 is a respectable Highland Single Malt that features a mineral and slightly salty character. The coastal proximity of the distillery definitely comes through in the whisky. On the nose, there are citrus fruits, toffee and hints of tobacco. The arrival is briny and spicy, developing into bitter sweetness of wood tannins. Besides, I experienced a surprising flash of menthol on the palate. Unfortunately, the finish is rather poor and entirely dominated by astringent dryness. Considering its price and fairly weak character, I am unimpressed by this malt.

RATING: 3.2/5.0 81 pts   ·AVERAGE [+]·

Weighted Rate
81
Nose
84
Initial taste
82
Body
84
Finish
70
Price
84
Presentation
86
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
14 May 2017 10:30 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 85 points

[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"...

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
85
Initial taste
84
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
86
Presentation
84
There is no accounting for taste...
Cast Olila
Connoisseur Cast Olila Review note
10 Dec 2017 5:27 pm
Cast Olila gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81
Nose
80
Initial taste
80
Body
81
Finish
80
Price
85
Presentation
83
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Famous
Member Senior Famous Review note
27 Nov 2017 9:25 am
Famous gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.9
Nose
83
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
84
Allandale
Connoisseur Allandale Tasting note
13 Nov 2017 1:30 pm
Allandale gave this whisky 82 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Like pebbles on the beach. A whiff of the sea, but also a touch of fresh peat, some maltiness.

Taste

Deceptively delicate at first. Perfume.Faint hint of fruity seaweed.Then lightly waxy,becoming smoky. Dry.

Finish

Aromatic,smooth,appetizing .

Comments

Body;firm,smooth slightly viscous.

iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Review note
09 Nov 2017 9:38 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82
Nose
84
Initial taste
84
Body
82
Finish
80
Price
80
Presentation
80
Dimitri
Usl1978
Member Senior Usl1978 Review note
13 Oct 2017 7:18 pm
Usl1978 gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
84.9
Nose
85
Initial taste
86
Body
84
Finish
84
Price
86
Presentation
85
RR60
Member Senior RR60 Review note
06 Oct 2017 9:50 pm
RR60 gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.6
Nose
83
Initial taste
83
Body
83
Finish
84
Price
84
Presentation
86
Titan2015
Member Senior Titan2015 Review note
18 Sep 2017 9:34 am
Titan2015 gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82.4
Nose
80
Initial taste
80
Body
85
Finish
82
Price
85
Presentation
85
Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Note
17 Jul 2017 11:36 am

Silky rich mouthfeel with a fair kick of oak woodiness in the back palate. The Initial taste is very akin to an apple turnover - stewed fresh fruits with sugary rich baking notes. A generous pinch of pepper, a dash of salt and a hint of cloves are provided by some well-judged oak spicing. Malty again with notes of damp soil and extremely faint wafts of peat smoke. Only the 43% ABV holds this back from achieving something greater, as the rich mouthfeel quickly fades and becomes a touch thin.


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