The western-Highland representative in Diageo’s Classic Malt range, the Oban 14 is a well-crafted, full bodied fruity single malt with a well-balanced peat and maritime influence.
Nose: Rich maltiness, followed by a wave of distant woodsmoke and seaspray. Vanilla and dried fruit take the fore, with some bergamot and warm hay.
Palate: Salted caramel fills the palate. Sweet citrus rind and apples. More sea spray and smoke returns, with fruit cake. Slight cask funk.
Finish: Medium long with nice sweet-savoury balance.
Overall: A lovely maritime whisky, with not too much iodine or seaweed. Balanced, malty and rich, this is a simple pleasure which rewards drinkers with hidden complexities.