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    Oban 14 Year Old Reviews

    Oban 14 Year Old 82
    Based on 28 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Oban
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    14 Years
    Alcohol
    43% abv.
    Region
    Scotland: Highlands
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    Founded in 1794 at the heart of the coastal town known as "The Gateway to the Isles", this is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Oban's tiny stills marry the sea air character of the Island malts to the soft, richly fruity style of the Highlands, creating their own rich, elegant and glowing West Highland malt.

    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9450/99
    Color
    pale amber
    Body
    smooth baby unlike the peaty harsh langavulin
    Palate
    walnuts appear, vanilla too.
    Finish
    solid smooth finish

    smooth tasting. tasted 10 single malts and this was #1

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    Orangey amber
    Nose
    Green apple, maple, vanilla, orange. Fruity and sherried
    Body
    Very light, thin
    Palate
    Peppery, maple, vanilla, oak. Sweet for a single malt.
    Finish
    Long, warm finish, more peppery than light sweet palate

    Great light, smooth scotch for those new to whisky tasting. Sherried, works with dessert as well as on its own for a nice dram with a book. Had this at a restaurant with dinner and really liked it, considering buying a bottle for the house. Didn't expand much with the addition of some water; recommend drinking this neat, even if new to scotch. A good, lightweight drink to enjoy.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    Golden Amber
    Nose
    Malt, Honey, Citrus, Oak
    Body
    Oily, yet light
    Palate
    Balanced and smooth, light sweet taste, yet not overly sweet like the sherry casked. Pleasant, but not complex. Oak, hint of Black Pepper, Burnt/Caramel brown sugar.
    Finish
    Medium finish, bringing a sweet remnant to the throat. A little citrus fights to stay.

    Overpriced, but a lovely dram none-the-less.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Quisnic

    8550/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Malt, Toffee, Citrus, Sweet Wood.
    Body
    Medium
    Palate
    Fruit, Cholate, Almond,Honey,
    Finish
    Shorter finish... hints of vanilla.

    A nice dram from the Highlands... Fairly complex.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Kelly Drover

    8650/99
    Color
    amber -1
    Nose
    Lightly smoky, sweet,liquorice, floral nose.
    Body
    Oily, Thin,light
    Palate
    Light bodied,smoke,sweet, pepper,fruits,Oak
    Finish
    Warm pepper, leather, toffee, liquorice, the finish does last a long time, but only a sweet honey taste remains after a promising start. A weak handshake of a personality. I find it acceptable but kept wanting a bigger statement. If Talisker is your favorite dram then this isn't for you, but an inoffensive drink to serve to special guests.

    Nice inoffensive dram

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Solesaver

    8850/99
    Color
    pale gold
    Nose
    fruits right off the tree
    Body
    heavy but smooth
    Palate
    immediately reaches all areas of your mouth for instant hint of peat and caramel
    Finish
    leaves you with a gently warmness for a minute or two

    Such a fine sipping scotch. A noble companion on camping trips. Be careful by the campfire as it is flammable..

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    medium amber, hint of gold
    Nose
    citrus, peach, rose, caramel
    Body
    medium light body. soft and smooth
    Palate
    peach, butter, caramel, orange
    Finish
    short finish. subtle but maintains character

    excellent

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by NathanielD

    8450/99
    Color
    Dense Amber
    Nose
    Pine, citrus, ocean breeze
    Body
    Smooth, light and crisp
    Palate
    Lemon, pine nut, hint of butterscotch
    Finish
    A deceptively unremarkable crisp lemon gives way to a pleasant lingering pinewood aftertaste.

    Not enough peat for the price, but otherwise delightful.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by ChadDavis

    7850/99
    Color
    Gold
    Nose
    Grassy fruit, mostly citrus.
    Body
    Medium Bodied, like a typical diluted Scotch
    Palate
    Spicy and warm, fruity notes, and pleasantly bitter.
    Finish
    Medium finish. Nothing to brag about, but good enough to be happy I had it.

    I had a nice snifter full at the Cheesecake Factory with Sweet Megan. I was surprised by the pleasantness of this Scotch. It was Spicy and only slightly smokey. Its a highland, so there wasn't a hint of peat. This scotch is not as sweet as teh Highly sherried Speysides, but there was a sherry presence nonetheless. I'm not sure what the proofage is, but let's guess 86. It was quite drinkable, but I don't "need" a bottle of my own.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Dull amber.
    Nose
    Floral, honey.
    Body
    Sinks in your palette.
    Palate
    Medium peatiness, slightly spicy.
    Finish
    Punchy alcoholic aftertaste.

    An exceptional whisky, but can get better value elsewhere.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Chemistry Is Life

    8650/99
    Color
    Medium amber, a similar color to grade A maple syrup
    Nose
    Honey, slightly earthy, orange, toasted oat
    Body
    Well bodied, neither too heavy or too light
    Palate
    Sel Gris, lemon, butter, slightly peaty, peach, almond, caramel (but more like dulce de leche)
    Finish
    Spicy and warm with a good strong shot that makes you shiver as it goes down. There is a slight bitterness which contrasts well with the richness of the body

    Very smooth and pleasant on a cold night just before bed. It has a very warm aroma of apricot and honey

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7950/99
    Color
    Full Gold
    Nose
    Fresh peat, a little maltiness
    Body
    Firm, smooth
    Palate
    Fruity seaweed and a little smoky. Dry
    Finish
    Aromatic and smooth

    I think this is a good scotch. I would put it in the top 10 of those I've had, but not top 5. I felt it was a bit too light for my palate

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Eye-lah Guy

    8450/99
    Color
    Medium to light amber
    Nose
    Apple nose with spicy highlights
    Body
    Medium bodied
    Palate
    Notes of oak and vanilla in taste with a good, level balance
    Finish
    Mild, somewhat disappointing finish

    Not a typical highlander, it's darker with less grains and more wood.  Stuck between a Highland and an Island. There are others at this price point and less I would revisit first.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Mager

    9550/99
    Color
    golden
    Nose
    Warm, autumny
    Body
    Full, yet dry
    Palate
    Smooth
    Finish
    It warms

    My favorite scotch for sure. It opens off mild, and then has a woody, medium-smoke bite. The after taste burns your belly, but in a good way.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Garrett

    9350/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Complex Peat and Earth
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Similar to the smell, tasting of delicious earth and peat
    Finish
    Clean and Warming

    Absolutely Delicious

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Paydaymayday

    9250/99
    Color
    Rich honey to pale gold. A hint of fresh copper. Initially looks quite thin, but it’s legs take a long time to emerge and remain strong for a surprisingly long time.
    Nose
    Initially light on the nose with sherry first emerging. Alcohol ever-so-gently tickles the nostrils but does not sting or numb. Takes quite a while to emerge: at first, one detects a multitude of aromas just beneath the surface, but they remain evasive. Soon, however, a touch of sweet honey and black pepper arrive. Shortly after this, one notices fresh damp wood just placed in the woodstove. Apples and bananas and other similar fruits are being prepared nearby.
    Palate
    Unbelievably light and delicate; not much oil. Feels very soft in the mouth. A faint but noticable sherry is laying down an excellent plate for the even softer tastes that lie above. Highly complex. Just as evasive as the nose, it teases your tongue and then darts away. The fruits and honey on the nose have been baked into a pie - it is quite sweet. The woodstove has long since extinguised, and the woodsmoke has almost entirely cleared. A sea salt mist lingers in the background throughout.
    Finish
    Vanilla and toffee linger very briefly, but almost extinguish immediately. Probably the weakest part of this whisky - but not because of its flavor; that is quite nice. Instead, it disappears far too quickly to truly appreciate the complex undertones that this master distiller has imparted in his whisky.

    *NOTE* this tasting is for the Double Matured Distiller's Edition - 1995-2009. Bottled at 43%. Overall very impressive, masterfully put together. If only it lasted a little longer; I find myself drinking it quickly to try and capture all of its essence. **Important!** Also note that this review was done on a freshly opened bottle. My thoughts on the whisky have improved even more so as it opened in the bottle over the weeks and flavors emerged.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Giancarlo

    8350/99
    Color
    A sneaky sun kissed copper penny with roughly 40 days in circulation
    Nose
    A mélange of smokey oak clues leading to a finale of citrus, damp earth and a bitter-sharp fog
    Body
    Medium viscosity with a touch of velvet down the home stretch that warms your teeth strokes the length of your tongue from back to front
    Palate
    It begins with a slight spark of an alcoholic bite followed by a collision of caramel and rose petals. All culminating in a happy ending of vanilla. Like a sugar cube buried betwixt the roots of a mighty oak
    Finish
    After warming the deepest depths of my throat the finish is long as it begins with breezes of sandal-wood, transforming ever so slighty into a slowly fading breath of candy and respect

    A good highland for the western knaves. Not the best and the taste could be sweeter for longer. But who am I? Is warm and inviting and compliments my parquet floors and leather chair, comfortable evening for me.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Linusstick

    5050/99
    Color
    Light clear amber
    Nose
    Lightly smokey, with some light fruit and roasted caramel
    Body
    Medium bodied, a tad oily
    Palate
    Strong iodine presence, a hint of citrus on the back of the tongue and some malt
    Finish
    Warm and refined

    Very smooth for 43%- no rough edges but a little too refined. It IS a delicious addition to the cabinet however.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    light amber
    Nose
    fruity, pear, firm
    Body
    full, warming
    Palate
    fruity, light nutty
    Finish
    long lasting heavy flavoured finish

    powerful, flavourful, well balanced

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by ColoradoDram

    8250/99
    Color
    Orangy amber
    Nose
    Citrus, grassy, wet soil, subtle flowers
    Body
    Balanced on the tongue and in the glass (legs were amazingly uniform)
    Palate
    Sweet carnations, fruit and grass mash, a hearty kick of barley
    Finish
    Medium warm, rather long, and nothing displeasing. Adding water imparts some gentle pepper authority with no added acidity.

    A good Highland for certain, but a bit pricey for the results. It is better with a dash of water if you wish to up the silky/fruity factor and increase the finish length. On final review while polishing this bottle off after some years, I'm dropping the score from an original review of 85 with some more experience under my belt.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Eddie

    8150/99
    Color
    Copper Amber
    Nose
    Sort of like fruit that has been kept a little to long and some wet grain.
    Body
    Medium, Mouth coating.
    Palate
    Light spice, butter Toffee, a little grass.
    Finish
    Short and sweet, Didn't stick around long.

    Took a bottle of this to a party, had a lotta comments and most of them were the same way I felt, It tasted very good but was missing something.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Red Hare

    7050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Raisins, peat, toffee, hint of bad breath
    Body
    Smooth, a little oily
    Palate
    Sweet, saccharine, hint of salt. Plums. Iodine.
    Finish
    Lingers, toffee, more peat. Musty, touch of leather. Candied melon.

    Reasonably tasty. A winter malt. Smooth going down, but not that distinctive.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Dramiel McHinson

    8350/99
    Color
    Golden Straw
    Nose
    malted cereal rides on a bed of semi-sweet fruit and citrus, hints of peat.
    Body
    The body is full, mouth filling and smooth.
    Palate
    On the palate the whisky starts with cooked fruits then gets spicy with strong drier oak notes then some peat. Maybe a wisp of smoke with the peat.
    Finish
    The finish is long with a spicy oak driness, a little salty.

    Definitely a good whisky. It has plenty of flavor but doesn't overpower the palate.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Fyoder

    8350/99
    Color
    A new copper penny
    Nose
    Floural, Alcohol, Salt
    Body
    Full, Dry
    Palate
    Salt, Water, Sweetness, Bitterness, Complex, Well balanced
    Finish
    Quite long, Aromatic, Antiseptic smell

    Well suited for contemplattion by a fire on a chilly night.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Bongo

    8150/99
    Color
    light amber
    Nose
    fruity peat
    Body
    standard, slightly thicker than water with a smoothness to it
    Palate
    peat and woody with a medium burn of alcohol
    Finish
    a creciendo of strength which dissolves quickly into a sweet flavored warmth. Pleasant lingering flavors remain.

    A nice whiskey indeed. It has enough flavour to be interesting, and is strong enough to represent a commanding drink. A fine choice for fireside contemplation.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Sfaulk

    9150/99
    Color
    Pale orange
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, almost wood-like.
    Body
    Full bodied, very thick.
    Palate
    Smoke, wood.
    Finish
    Long, strong finish.

    Very highly recommended! Very strong finish and great aftertaste.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Gargamel

    7850/99
    Color
    Copper like a new penny.
    Nose
    Very subtle. Malt, very slight citrus. Very slight alcohol burn. Fragrant
    Body
    Smooth and wet. Thin.
    Palate
    Spicy. Malt, oak. Complex and mature.
    Finish
    A very long and very spicy finish. Some sour notes in the end, then minty.

    This is a very good and easy scotch, but not too easy. It is very complex and mature, and yields surprising amounts of spice.

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    Oban 14 Year Old
    Review by Saul

    7050/99
    Color
    Amber.
    Nose
    Strong iodone. Fruity.
    Body
    Medium viscosity. Medium bodied.
    Palate
    Dark Chocolate. Bitter. Gengle.
    Finish
    Flavour fades to nothing, then finishes with high flavour notes.

    I like this scotch very much!

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