Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Malt Scotch - 13 to 19 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
What's in a name? Oban 14 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Oban 14 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is rich and smoky. The medicinal notes are quite evident with notes of the sea; seaweed, tarry ropes. There are notes of cut hay and wood smoke rising with a gentle estery sweetness. The palate is thick and full. Notes of citrus with smooth sweetness. The smoke wafts with notes of seaweed. The oak is quite rich with grist and cereal and malt. The finish is of good length with fruit and dry oak.
So comforting...so balanced. This glass of smokey sweetness brings you home. Warm and comfortable. Tastes like scotch with a touch of everything wonderful.
12th April 2014
Bought from the distillery ; well balanced ight with only a hint of smoke, lots of dark fruit, plums and blackberries bit of sugar and Vanilla aroma in the glass after the dram was consumed : Solid offering if a little underwhelming for the price ; tastes younger than 14yr the Barrel has not taken over the spirit.
5th March 2014
This scotch has a very crisp, almost refreshing clean taste. Definitely a great "teens" scotch. Probably the best. I like balvenie, but sometimes those are too syrupy, the Oban 14 is on the other side spectrum. Different, but great.
18th February 2014
Picked up a bottle at the distillery. Without water - lovely drop. The distillery had a teat papette, allowing the addition of a couple of drops of water - wow. I add mineral water to whiskey but the tiniest amount just releases the aromas and smooths this craitur off beautifully. Another nip at home and with less control over the water, added more. Pretty much killed the aroma, and oversoftened the drink. Better without, best with just drops, brilliant any way.
16th February 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed a bottle with a friend, both of us will be purchasing this whisky again, not as harsh as the majority of malts.
However please also allow me to vent my cinfusion at a comment left by ''The Sea The Sea'' when the person wrote:
''Nose brought me to the beach, a salty slightly fishy breeze. Hands are holding some vanilla and some orange peel. Taste revealed a small bonfire of smoke near the ocean. Dried oak burning. Dried orange in mouth. Then salty finish. A nice trip to the sea. One problem is notes of glue. Fades after a few days upon opening.''
You are nothing but a fool to write such a pompous poem-like review, i hope one day in the future you get a life.
11th February 2014
5 stars are doing it an injustuce!!! An outdoorsy sort of dram.
6th February 2014
A flavor where peat tastings are pleasurably undeniable, hints of smoke in the finish, and the "just right" citrus overtone. The 14 is delightful and delicious with a good cigar. Very much a fan. Seaside, in the open, fire roaring, cigar in had = bliss.
1st February 2014
i thought Oban 14 had a harsh kick that ruined the flavor. Not for me.
9th January 2014
Nose brought me to the beach, a salty slightly fishy breeze. Hands are holding some vanilla and some orange peel. Taste revealed a small bonfire of smoke near the ocean. Dried oak burning. Dried orange in mouth. Then salty finish. A nice trip to the sea.
One problem is notes of glue. Fades after a few days upon opening.
26th December 2013
This malt is simply stunning, it has everything peat smoke, sweetness,fruity,smoothness and a decent length finish.
One of my first choice malts and easy to obtain
24th December 2013
althoug i like peat, a lot of it like ardberg is to much for me. oban has a subtile peaty taste combined with orangy taste this is a great balance. with a small splash of water this whisky is super smooth
20th December 2013
Hi there! We're actually due a delivery before the end of this week, so do check back and you'll be able to get a bottle without a problem. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
27th November 2013
Kindly tell me when Oban is back in stock
Regards IAN HALL email@example.com
had a bottle of this bought for me, and I have to say it's the finest bottle of scotch I've ever tasted, will definitely be buying a refill!
19th November 2013
Great taste. Taste that stays in ur mouth for a while after drinking it.must have for whiskey lovers!!
5th November 2013
Was a big burboun guy for years,got turned on to scotch last year at Super Bowl party and have tried many since then and love the complex notes of scotch particularly this one. Looking forward to trying others.
27th October 2013
My absolute favorite scotch
25th October 2013
a great single malt...for me is one of the best
10th October 2013
28th September 2013
A very nice scotch....smooth, and full flavored, some smoke and some peat...as a huge fan of "the peat" this one is lighter than I would prefer but a very good one for those who are new to "peat and smoke". Should be in everyone's collection.
22nd August 2013
Agradable olor, sabor a mar, tierra humeda y maderas nobles.
18th August 2013
smooth and easily drinkable, would i buy another bottle? yes
15th August 2013
This is the very first single malt i tried n i loved it..... its awesome.. especially for people who want it light... m a fan now....
12th July 2013
fruit, light smoke, orange marmalade, mellow. Extra sweet and smooth with a drop of water. Great, but not much of a finish
22nd June 2013
My introduction to single malt scotch almost thirty years ago was Glenmorangie and I knew I was introuble. I was attracked to it's vanella and slight cereaminess. Over the years I I have taisted countless scotches; too peaty, too salty, pow too much alcohol in the nose, .......But then I was in a bar, in Los Angeles of all places, when I asked the bar-keep what he drinks when he pours himself a drink. He pulled down the bottle of Oban, pours me a good measure drops a sinlgle ice cube in it and that was it, I found my home. A perfectly balanced single malt scotch; creamy, rich, with just enough smoke. It is a sublime drink.
2nd June 2013
Great tasting whisky !
31st May 2013
In un viaggio in moto in scozia, dopo cena ci siamo fatti un Scotch Whisky ogni giorno di diverese marche. Abbiamo tratto le conclusioni che oban 14 fosse il migliore Whisky di tutti quelli assaggiati. Delicato e piacevole nel sorseggio.
29th May 2013
A well balanced all-rounder. Will buy again.
9th May 2013
I bought this because not only was it very highly rated, but I couldn't find two reviews that agreed with each other. I opened it a little while ago, and this blew my head off.
Nose: sweet toffee musket grapes samos desert wine rum brown sugar, golden Virginia tobacco, maraschino cherries toffee pudding pecan pie short bread shortcrust pastry, lemon meringue pie, rose, apricot jam, dark chocolate turkish delight, batternberg, chocolate trufles
taste: Cut hay, cherry pie, sweet tobacco, cashews, smokey rope, dry grass, bitter coffee, stewed tea, walnut whip, black treacle, marzipan, smoke, stewed plum, rubarb and custard, boiled sweets, christmas cake, icing, orange peel, orange bitters.
Believe the hype its amazing.
20th February 2013
Has been my favorite for over 20 years now. Having branched out to Canada and Japan, I still cannot find it's equal
6th January 2013
One of my favourite malts & at a reasonable price. I have overpaid for this dram a few times but i never really regret it - such is it's quality. Highly peaty with dark, rich fruit notes; for those not wanting a malt as powerful and smoky as Talisker or as peaty as Laphroig/Ardberg/Port Charlotte this is a great compromise. The finish is long and deep with hints of smoke, spice and pepper; whilst baked-apple and rich honeyed mulled berries underlies the warmer, more colourful notes. A superb malt, highly recommended - & if this is to your taste why not go ahead and try the Talisker 10 yr old - a true beast.
31st December 2012
This is an exceedingly complex whisky. A very strong and intricate nose, with a medicinal palate and evident cereal notes. Plenty of peat to go around. I love the seaside taste of this one and I'm sure to keep a bottle around at all times. A unique and characteristic highland malt.
29th December 2012
Just dabbling in single malts and found this incredible! A touch of citrus and a bit o smoke, which I understand to be peat. very "soft" and smooth and a fine subtile after taste. It has me very interetsed in a more variety of tasting. thank you Oban!!
18th December 2012
I have bought a bottle of Oban 43% at the Auction but can't find it on here, it's not got any age in years i.e. like 12 or 10, can anyone tell me how old this might be or how much it would cost to buy? thanks yours freddy
17th December 2012
14th November 2012
Not for me - found it too rich and smoky with a harsh after-taste - an acquired taste not for the faint-hearted. Thanks to the sample bottles I've not wasted too much money on a bottle that would have found its way to the back of the cupboard.
5th October 2012
Oban am converted
24th June 2012
This is simply brilliant. Oranges, sea salt and a touch of smoke. Very smooth, very drinkable, very tasty.
10th April 2012
The Oban 14 was one of the first single malts I tried, as it was part of the Classic Malts promotion packs. At the time I really enjoyed it, but as the years passed and my experience and single malt collection expanded I tended to let my Oban 14 bottle gather dust, thinking that I would not enjoy it anymore, as I had liked it when I was inexperienced.
Then, recently, I tried it again and I was wowed. Rich, creamy, sweet but not overly so, and the rich saltiness of salt toffee. Wonderful, for neophytes and "experts" alike.
13th February 2012
Fab whisky, Hard to get hold of in England, but well worth the trouble!
12th October 2011
a surprise ,a light peaty taste. orange and smokey just fantastic dram .This is my current favorite whiskey ...
16th January 2011
This is an epic dram, a lot is going in the nose - eg. smoky&juicy oranges, thoroughly thick palate delivering what the nose had acknowledged!!!
16th February 2010
A bit peaty, delicious oranges in the nose with perfect oily texture and a characterful finish. It is a great whisky. I wish there was a cask strength edition of this nice tipple.
15th February 2010