I've got another big Diageo classic today: Oban.
Because Diageo like to keep Oban whiskies locked up in their Johnnie Walker, they don't release much of it apart from the 14yo. Shame, because I bet it's epic at cask strength.
Wish their was an annual 12yo cask strength of this, Dalwhinnie, Cragganmore and Talisker. Rather than just Lagavulin.
Like Dalwhinnie and the other classic malts, Oban uses worm tub condensers to give it more of an oily and meaty character.
Oban 14 43%
Colour: Diageo GoldTM
Nose: Intense fruit- Apple, pear, some lemon, oak with a little smoke and soot in the background. Fresh pipe tobacco and leather, spice with a little salt and pepper, a little artificial toffee and caramel (Maybe the colouring talking?)
Taste: Rich fruit- Apple and lemon. Woody development with lots of oak and spice. More than a touch of earthy bitter soot but surprise pockets of fruit and citrus. Good balance.
Finish: Medium length. Spicy oak and soot fades with faint fruitiness.
Smokier than I remembered. Good balance and complexity.
First time I tried this I thought it deserved the same mark as Dalwhinnie 15 but now I think it's up there with the less good batches of Lagavulin 16.
Thanks for reading!
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