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Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 43%
'Those who prefer malts with a sheen, sweet and with enormous fruit depth' says Jim Murray of Oban, 'won't be disapponited.' Oban (meaning 'Little bay of caves), the gateway to the Isles, is a sheltered and sparsely populated West Highland harbour town steeped in Gaelic history. The towns distillery was reputedly built in 1794 and remains one of Scotlands smallest operations. It includes its malt in a number of blends such as Glen Garry & Glen Royal. The towns waterfront (where the distillery is situated) is indeed a mish-mash of architecture from varying periods and styles, only surpassed in peculiarity by a replica Roman Colosseum that sits perched above the township. Commisioned by a local banker called McCaig, the monument serves as a signpost to the Western Highlands - a region which enjoys its reputation as a producer of malts that offer the 'best of both worlds.' Indeed, a sip of Oban evokes a cliff-side coastal village where a hint of sea mingles with the slightly smoky flavour of peat, and simultaneously embodies something of the sweetness and elegance of the Classic Highland malts.
Other reviews... This is a very attractive medium bodied whisky with some distinctive island characteristics. Deep gold in colour. The nose is fragrant, sweet, with a whiff of smoke over a vanillan oak background. The palate is round, warming, malty, with delicate peaty undertones and a slightly viscous texture followed by a touch of pepper. The whisky has more elegance than most Island malts and is lighter, finishing smooth and long, with undertones of peat and distinct malty sweetness. A fine effort. 43% alc./vol.
'A compromise between the power of Islay malts and the elegance of Speyside, with dryness and smokiness along with flowery, herbal tastes.' -Roger Voss, Discover Life Now, April 1996.
The early aroma is a combination of malt, wood and sea breeze; the later bouquet is a deliciously harmonious, even creamy marriage of maritime atmosphere and malted barley. Palate entry is chock full of biscuity, peaty, tobacco leaf tastes; the midpalate stage is sweet. Concludes strong, firm, slightly hot, pungent and briny. The best-kept secret of Scotland's Western Highlands. Rating: 85-89 - www.wineenthusiast.com
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