- Oban 14 year has a combination of rich sweetness with a smoky dryness and appetizing spice that distinguishes this lovingly-matured Highland malt.
Oban's bustling fishing village is on the frontier of the West Highlands and the Islands with a mild, temperate climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream. Oban whisky owes its rich and rewarding Highland character to its very long fermentation process. The tiny lamp glass-shaped copper pot stills that make Oban's Scotch are among the smallest in Scotland, and the liquor they distill is slowly condensed in wooden worm tubs outside among the rooftops, exposed to the salted sea air, bringing a distinct depth of flavor said to go very well with salted caramel. The proximity to the coast lends Oban some of that salted character for which the Islands are renown, though this is as gentle as the soft rains which give the fishing town its lush surrounds.
Oban 14 is a Highland malt with one foot on the islands. With an olive gold appearance this whisky has aromas of rich sweetness and fruits — oranges, lemons and pears, with sea-salt and peaty smokiness. The body is full and rich — this is an almost oily malt with mouth-filling flavors of late autumn fruits — dried figs and honey-sweet spices; followed by a smoky malty dryness and a long, smooth-sweet finish with oak-wood, dryness and a grain of salt. (from the distiller)