Oban isn’t really one of those distilleries that means much to me, the Diageo owned distillery have three core bottles, the 14 year old I’ll be reviewing here as well as the NAS Little Bay and a couple of Distiller’s editions that Diageo put out with all their brands.
But there I was idly wandering through Tesco when I notice they have taken a tenner off the price of a bottle and felt it would be downright rude not to pick up a bottle or two, sucker for a bargain me.
This is bottled at 43% and I tried with and without water and it doesn’t need a lot of water in my opinion, a drop or two opens it up a bit and that’s more than enough.
Nose. A mixture of sweet and salt, my favourite combo, fresh summer fruits, apples, pears and strawberries, lemon comes on with a touch of salt and some peat but it’s not over powering everything.
Palate. The fresh fruit has moved onto tinned pears and grapefruit in syrup, the peat is here too, a gentle smoke, cherry and vanilla pipe tobacco springs to mind.
Finish. Touch of honey now with a linger peat smoke and a soupcon of oak.
This was a very pleasant surprise, I love taking a bit of a punt on something especially when it turns out as nice as this, it’s got everything going for it this and well worth the money spent.