Oban 14yr Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Oban 14yr

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  • Distiller:

    Oban

  • Bottler:

    Oban

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    14 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The Palate is citrus and malt driven with a bit of smoky char and the finish is an unremarkable mix of the two. Nothing terrible, but terribly unremarkable.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Busting out a bottle of this after your next dinner party will make for some very happy guests.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Lengthy in the finish, with toffee, new leather, and perpetual spice. A long-standing favorite with a very distinctive profile.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, sweet, and mouth-watering.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Wowie, what a great whisky! But where is Oban 14? Do they still make it? There cannot be any proper malt aficionado who wouldn’t have properly assessed Oban 14.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: This is a whisky many claim to be a favorite from novices to experts alike (as we can attest to from the mobs of folks at the whisky shows). Find out for yourself what the fuss is about.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The flavors dry to a spicy midpalate before exiting on a long, concentrated maple-like note.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Deserving of its reputation as one of the standbys of the whisky world.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is a unique dram and I really enjoyed it. It's certainly different from most anything else in Diageo's core line (save for Dalwhinnie, it's oddly reminiscent in part to some of the standard Dalwhinnie notes) and I found myself enjoying it a good bit.
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  • Nose:

    Salted caramel, doughy sweet and yeasty bakery notes. Cinnamon, molasses, mild smokey char (very mild) and a bit of toffee and vanilla.

  • Taste:

    Odd, funky sweetness - tastes like a 75% baked pastry. I like it. More salted caramel notes, creme brulee, molasses, vanilla, mild cinnamon, some faint char and a good oak note.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, a tad hot for the proof. Its unique and nice and complex with honey, ginger, very very faint sea air and a good dose of vanilla.

  • Overall:

    This is a unique dram and I really enjoyed it. Its certainly different from most anything else in Diageos core line (save for Dalwhinnie, its oddly reminiscent in part to some of the standard Dalwhinnie notes) and I found myself enjoying it a good bit. Im going to give it a Rank 6 for these reasons. There is one unfortunate note though - this bottle is consistently nearing $75-$80 where I live and thats just painful to see. Id buy this all of the time at $45-$55 but an expensive $25 hike in price just cant be justified.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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