Monday, September 1, 2014

Oban - 14 Year Old

Oban is a West Highland malt distilled in a seaside town on the west coast of Scotland. It is light amber in color and has a very light and grassy nose. In fact, it has hardly any nose at all. It has a full body and is pleasing to the tongue and is easy to swish around in your mouth. At first I didn't detect any finish at all but after a few seconds, there was a pleasingly warm feeling. In short, don't turn this one down if someone offers you a wee dram.

Oban is marketed as one of the classic single malts of Scotland along with Dalwhinnie, Talisker, Cragganmore, Lagavulan and Glenkinchie. Each one is a representative of a separate area of Scotland. You can also get Oban in 18 and 32 year old versions.

The distillery itself was built in 1794 and is one of the smallest in Scotland, having only 2 pot stills. It is currently owned by Diageo, a large adult beverage conglomerate.

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