In the whisky department, we all have a familiar friend or two… This would certainly be the case for the Oban 14 year.
It also is one of those whiskies that just keeps on resurfacing… Our original Whisky tasting group enjoyed it in August 2011 and June 2013... and it cropped up in our Whisky Ladies November 2015 tasting session.
There is a reason for it – you know what you are going to get with Oban. Its profile has managed to maintain a certain consistency over the years.
In my case, it is an early evening drink of choice with a dear friend in Singapore. I see Oban and I think of some most enjoyable evenings with merry conversations accompanied by a dram or two with her.
- Nose – Sherry, berry, apple, pears, a little leathery but overall fruity, some citrus orange peel, honey sweetness
- Palate – Apple juice, cherry, a puff of smoke, nutmeg, nicely balanced, enough to chew on to satisfy without being heavy
- Finish – Settled into a gentle smoke
- Comments – “Aaaaahh! Coming home to an old familiar friend!”
Here is what they say:
A hint of peat smoke, combined with a salty maritime flavour. Citrus orangey notes are also present in both the nose and on the palate, and the sweeter honeyed notes give our malt a smooth silky finish.
Other whiskies sampled by our Whisky Ladies in November 2015 included:
- Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve 40%
- Nikka Blended Whisky 40%
- Sheringham William’s White double distilled grain 2015 45%
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