Oban 14


Distillery/Brand: Oban
Region: Highland
ABV: 43%
Colour: Pale Straw

Nose: 23
Taste: 21
Finish: 20
Balance: 21

This is a barely average West Highland malt from this small distillery in the coastal town of, yes you guessed it, Oban. Funnily enough it was the distillery that was first named and the town that sprang up around it which decided to take the same name.

But that’s the only thing interesting about this malt, frankly.

OK, so the nose isn’t so bad. It’s quite fruity actually. Papaya and banana fruity with a touch of husky musk. The nuts come next and bring with it a pinch of salt. Let it breathe and it takes on an interesting Sauvignon Blanc quality. Becomes drier and a touch more apricot fruity.

The palate could have done better, in my opinion. It’s the same papaya and apricot sugars with a touch of mild white peppers. Maybe some nuts. Possibly some marzipan. But all of it lacking any real complexity and attitude.

The finish completes the journey downhill as it evaporates in a puff of boring butterscotch. Oh well…

Rating: 85


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