I just got the Oban 14, and I like it. I'm curious as to whether sherry or bourbon casks are used (or both) and what type of char.
I don't believe that Scotch distilleries use degrees of char in the same manner as bourbon ones. To my knowledge, they only char casks after they scrape them out prior to a fourth of fifth fill, in a last attempt to get a bit more use out of an old cask. I can't say I'm 100% certain about that, and invite correction (oh yes! I've been a bad boy!). In any case, I've never heard of them talking about levels of char in the same way bourbon distillers do.
That's what they do with Talisker (and Dalwhinnie and Lagavulin), so Oban being a Diageo distillery, and they seem to prefer hogshead's, I would guess it's the same type of cask for the std 14yo.
As Mr.T explained, they don't char the staves. But maybe they char the new heads.
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