|Spirits Type||Scotch Whisky|
|Spirits Style||Single Malt|
Appearance: Oban 14-Year-Old is packaged in one of the whisky industry’s most beautiful canisters, a cream-and-blue affair adorned with a gorgeous, evocative line drawing of sea birds resting on craggy cliffs. The color of the whisky is a rich amber.
Nose: Lovely sweet aromas of toffee and sticky pudding greet the nose. There’s smoke, but it’s definitely subtle, more a waft than a plume. A surprising amount of tropical fruit also comes through on the nose—caramelized pineapple and plantains, lychee, orange —plus a dusting of zesty cinnamon and nutmeg. Lovely.
Palate: The initial entry is just like putting a big pat of buttercream frosting right on your tongue, quickly followed by tinned fruit cocktail, pineapple and orange and lychee, with a strong caramelized element. Sherry-like flavors of almond and ranice emerge in the mid-palate, accompanied by some nice crunchy sea salt. The overall experience is sweet and lush, but Oban 14 finishes on a welcome bright, acidic note, like apple cider with lemon, or brioche topped with zingy lemon curd.