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Oban 14

Postby ScotchPalate » Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:19 am

I'm looking for a fruity sherry splash. Some have suggested the Oban 14. Tasting notes?

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Postby Bullie » Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:22 am

Fruity sherry? Can't remember that in Oban 14...

Here's my note for it:
Oban 14yrs OB 43%

Nose: Slight smoke, vanilla and berries. Perfume
Palate: Light body. Lots of peat, dry and a touch of honey.
Finish: Medium. Peat and honey.. The peat really lingers.
Score: 81

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Postby shoganai » Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:39 am

I get a little fruitiness & sherriness in Oban 14. But if that's what you're looking for, I'd recommend the Glenlivet 15 French Oak. I haven't had that one in a while and I don't have notes, but I remember it being pretty similar to the Glenlivet 12 but more sherried.

Anyway, here are my notes on Oban 14.

Nose: orange rinds, some sherry
Body: light & very smooth
Palate: sweet, smokey, a little malty?
Finish: medium/long, smokey, spicy, sweet, some tart apple, a little maltiness
Comments: very nice, towards the end of the bottle I was starting to detect the martime flavors that others note, although I'm not quite sure how to describe them.

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Postby Frodo » Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:08 am

Had a few dram a while ago. Was underwelmed especially at the price point. Plenty of other drams out there close to this in flavour for less than the price of this one IMHO...

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Postby Lee » Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:24 am

I also had a few drams of it quite some time ago and was not impressed. Got reacquainted with it a couple of weeks ago and found it was much better. Not sure I found sherry in it but would agree with the spicy finish!

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Postby shoganai » Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:29 am

I'm with you on the price. In PA it will run you about $60 per bottle, which is way too much. In CT I've seen it in the mid-40s which I think is more appropriate.

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Postby laphroaig10_65 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:36 am

I don’t think Oban 14 is a sherry style dram.

My notes:

Nose: vanilla, hazelnut, mellow fruit, hints of smoke and honey
Body: medium
Taste: flesh fruit, hazelnut, liquorice, grassy
Finish: medium, wood
Score: 78


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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:12 pm

I concur... but it is fuity

My notes for what they are worth...

Oban 14yo OB

Nose: Beautiful sweet clean tangy orange and peach, underscored by flat salty malt

Taste: Really smooth at first then salty ripe fruit but not citrus fruit

Finish: A spicey bite rises out of the sweet fruitiness

Could not find any smoke in this but I'm used to Laphroaig so that may be the reason. I hear that this may of been a charachteristic of older versions????

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Postby ResIpsa539 » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:17 pm

Definitely not a sherry-monster - I get ALOT of fruitiness. Am I the only one who doesn't get peat on the pallate?

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Postby BubbaC » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:28 pm

AlanLaz wrote:Definitely not a sherry-monster - I get ALOT of fruitiness. Am I the only one who doesn't get peat on the pallate?

I do not get a lot of peat on the palate. I don't really taste a lot of sherry in it either. I don't have any notes on it, but I will say it is fruity with a nice smoky finish to it. Would definitely go with something else though if you are looking for more sherry influence. Drawing a blank on what you should try instead though... hahaha :wink:

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:24 pm

I think Oban changed in style quite recently. It used to be smoky/salty (actually tasted soapy to me) and it is now light and fruity with a heavy dollop of pear drops. I don't get peat, sherry or oranges, I'm afraid. But perhaps they have metamorphosed again into Glenfarclas meets Lagavulin :?

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Postby Choochoo » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:39 pm

While not bad, Oban has never been too impressive for me. It doesn't have a strong definable character, a little sweet, a little salty, a little fruity, a little this, a little that... And if they've changed their style recently, it makes it even harder to nail down their "house style". Not really a fruity sherry splash.

Maybe try a Glendronach. Auchentoshan 3 wood has a sherry splash too, perhaps a Glenrothes?

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Postby vitara7 » Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:33 pm

for a couple of quid more, get the distillers edition ;)

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Postby peergynt323 » Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:09 pm

Here's my notes:

Smells like smoke, heather, grain and melon. The palate is grainy with seasalt, prosciutto or pepper? Finish is hot and long with a little cinnamon or peppermint in the finish. Maybe altoids?

I'd rate it 78, but that was just my first impression. All malts have a tendency to grow on me after a while.

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Postby dapa » Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:59 pm

Instead of agreeing or not maybe I can suggest an alternative?

In Sweden the regular 10yo Aberlour is a good deal. Otherwise Macallan could work though perhaps not the Fine Oak-versions. For added smoke look to Highland Park or Glenfarclas.

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Postby korolev » Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:44 am

i thought there was also a bit of iron-like (metal properties) taste. :?

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