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OBAN 14 YEAR OLD

Oban 14 Year Old – Single Malt Scotch

“Double Gold Medal” – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010

REGION: Highlands, Scotland

PRICE: $114.99

CSPC: +243824

ABOUT OBAN

Fine single malt whisky has been made here in Oban for over 200 years, in one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. In effect, the town grew up around the distillery and since its foundation in 1794 it has played a crucial role in local life.

Oban is the frontier between the West Highlands and the Islands; the meeting place between land and sea. A perfect, sheltered harbour makes it the principal seaport for the Isles and the capital of the West Highlands.

It has a mild, temperate climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream and washed (too often, some might say) by the soft rain that often falls hereabouts. This misty, maritime character, with a background of heather and peat, is perfectly echoed in the malt whisky produced in Oban.

Oban is made using only the finest barley, malted to the distillery’s own particular specification. The tiny lantern-shaped copper pot stills are among the smallest in Scotland; their rich, fruity malt is then slowly condensed in wooden worm tubs that sit outside among the rooftops, before being aged in oak casks for at least 14 years.

“Oban – where the Highlands and the Islands meet.” – Dave Broom, whisky writer and expert.

TASTING NOTE

APPEARANCE: Olive Gold

NOSE: Rich sweetness with fruits – oranges, lemons and pears with sea-salt and peaty smokiness

BODY: Full and rich

PALATE: Mouth-filling late autumn fruits – dried figs and honey-sweet spices; followed by a smoky malty dryness.

FINISH: Long, smooth-sweet finish with oak-wood, dryness and a grain of salt.

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