Oban 14 Year Old West Highland Whisky 20cl in Gift Tube 43% ABV
The 'Classic Malt' from the West Highlands, distilled in Oban town centre. Part of Diageo's Classic Malts series, this is bottled at 43%ABV and presented as a smaller 20cl size in original gift tube.
On the nose it is immediate and confident; rapidly gaining intensity. Warming and sweet: oily, waxy and nutty, balanced by delicate ripe orchard fruits. Then, lighter notes of an almondy fruit cake sit atop a denser layer of Christmas pudding. Behind, malty cereal notes are offset by aromatic orange. Much later: traces of brine and smoke, a little menthol and pine resin.
In the mouth it is dense and coating, spicy too; sweet, yet menthol- fresh. Filling and warming, with the comforting chewiness of rich fruit-bread and hints of orange zest and clove, before growing drier, still minty, with crisp green apple. Less dense and fruitier with just a little water, which allows the classic Oban fruit, malt and maritime hints free reign until the balancing, drying spice returns. The finish is long. Quite syrupy at first, then drying, with elegant coating tannins rich in dark chocolate character. Later, pine-fresh. At once cleansing yet chewy, with just a trace of late, slightly cedary, smoke.
Bronze winner in the International Spirits Challenge 2010