Oban Distillery is found beneath a steep cliff on the West Coast of Scotland in a port town of the same name. In fact, the town was built around the distillery, highlighting the importance of Scotch production to the economy of the day (and probably these days as well!). The distillery itself was built in 1793, making it one of the oldest in Scotland. The malt produced here is the embodiment of the salty coastal surrounds of Oban Distillery itself.
The Oban 14 Year Old tells a tale of its seaside home in every sip. Reflecting the rough rocky shores of “The Gateway to the Isles”, this dram is thick with smoke and tangy sea air. If you close your eyes you can perfectly imagine the waves rolling in over the crags and the salt wind blowing through the Whisky barrels. Despite the peated elegance of this malt, it is brilliantly smooth and will become your new favorite malt if you give it half a chance!
Great golden color, very pretty. Nose of orange peel. Butterscotch on the front of my tongue, a bit of citrusy acidity in the middle, and caramel towards the back. Nice long, bright, fruity finish.
Easy drinking scotch with an ever favorite slight peaty flavor that is my favorite
Solid choice in the bar. Hints of the sea, goes down easy with a nice little bite on the finish
Very smooth to drink with a strong peat flavour.
Love it on the rock, Silky and Delicious.
More of a summer sipper, it is lighter than its counterparts.
Oban 14 is the scotch that got me hooked. Although I’ve migrated closer to the Islay scotches, this is still one of my favorites. Get some slight smoke on the nose, but more brine and fruit. Lot a sweet vanilla and honey notes on the palate. Finish lingers with dry, oak flavors. Adding a little water brings out more of the oak.
This has quickly become on of my favorite scotches. I prefer it neat, but a drop or two of water is delicious too. Love Islay scotches and other island offerings. This one is just different enough to make it stand out. Great dram for sure.
Good solid drink but needed to be over the rocks.
Similar beautiful flavor profile to me as Lagavulin but a touch less on the body. Very solid
Solid choice for the price.
Smooooth as silk. Easy going down. Best Scotch for the money, hands down!
very clean nose slight soft fruit, caramel and vanilla, finish is a slow lingering spicy burn. Phenomenal! 9.0+
A little peat but a lot of flavor. 🔥
My personal favorite. Smooth, slightly sweet, not much peat.
An easy go - to with a great price!
Smooth...not to peaty...paints a great picture of the sea air.
Top shelf. Smooth as silk. My go-to.
One of my favorite scotches of all time.
First class. Complex flavors, not too peaty. I love it.
Very smooth, have recommended to friends
This was my first Scotch and remains a staple on my shelf. Just a hint of the sea with a good slow burn and clean finish. I've found some variation over the years, but that makes it more interesting to track year over year. I rate all other scotches below, equal to, or better than this one as this is my benchmark dram.
Give me a West Highland scotch any day. While peaty Islays are great, and Speyside variants are everywhere, I have to be in the right mood or weather. First time I had Oban 14 I just sat back and let it sit in my mouth. Not sure if spend $70 on it though, considering my local Costco has it for $53. Price only thing holding this back.
Beautiful- one of my favorites for under $100
Beautiful amber color,
Smoky vanilla aroma.
Definitely smoky taste with vanilla, salt, brine. Definitely can taste the sea.
Smooth and sweet with a little water.
kind of bland, slightly floral, and very spicy.
Best everyday Single Malt Scotch for the money. Can't go wrong!
Clean and Crisp, no smoke, would recommend
a great mix of smoke and flavor. Start sweet and ends with a wallop
It's a good base scotch. Not my favorite but a good bottle to have at home or to find in a bar
My go-to scotch. Always have a bottle in the liquor cabinet. Not enough o's in smooth to describe it.
Hands down my favorite Scotch to date. Supremely well balanced and smooth.
Smooth, Carmel, honey-like finish.
Good easy drinking scotch.
Smoky and sweet
Smooth with hints of honey and vanilla. It’s holds a permanent spot in my home bar.
Very well rounded, hints of smoke, brine, not too harsh
Love this scotch. Lots of citrus, vanilla and peat. Nothing overwhelms you, just pleasant to drink.
Perfection in scotch form
Great,smooth, perfect nightcap
Light and smokey. Very good neat and great flavour
Straight from the distillery, very Smokey and smooth
This is a very nice single malt to have on hand.
Great, smooth drink
The quintessential Highland Single Malt. As well rounded and balanced as any scotch you will find. Rich, layered, slightly briny, just a touch of smoke and a velvety texture. Few drams hold up at this price point.
Favorite so far 2019
My current favorite bottle of scotch. Not too peated or Smokey. Front end mild sweetness. So smooth.
Enjoyed the light citrus and floral notes
Killer. Sea salt and caramel on the tongue and a gentle smoky peat finish.
Loved it. Wife got me this last birthday and has become a favorite. Smooth and not too smoky
Hints of smoke and sea salt on the nose. Honey and heather on the palate
Pretty sweet on the front end, giving way to peat on the back end but smooth throughout.
Delicious blend of peat and smoke yet not overwhelming
My favorite of the standard middle-shelf Scotches that every bar in the US has.
Very smooth, very sippable scotch
easy smoke to start with
The best whiskey ever.
For now my favorite!! I Haven't tried a lot of whiskys but this one already blew my mind
Smokey Petey... Delicious!!!
Great Scotch that goes down smooth and warms you up!
One of my absolute favorites. On the darker side of the scotch spectrum (#scotchspectrum), which is probably why I like it so much.
The only Whiskey bottle my friend and I could finish in a few hours. This is so delicious!!!
Absolutely wonderful. My new favorite by far. Very friendly (As opposed to something like an Ardbeg or a Laphroaig), but still complex on both the nose and the tongue. A little pricey if your not familiar with scotch prices but well worth the money.
Very remarkable finish to finish a perfect Scotch Single Malt dram
Superb peaty yet subtle scotch.
Smoke and vanilla nose. Smoke and seaweed. Thick. Full. Honey. Sweet. Good length.
Wonder sipping scotch, no ice, no water. I think it’s probably the smoothest scotch for under $100.
One of my favorites.
I like it a lot with some water...brings out the oils
If you enjoy a strong peat flavor, then this is your scotch. I can't stand it. This has a strong leather aftertaste. I understand that may be appealing to some, and if you really enjoy this scotch my review will seem off base.
This was not for me, it was worth trying to expand and understand what I do and do not like. Again if you like Joven Tequila or an intense smokey flavor and a rich leather after taste this is for you and ignore my rating.
very “wooden” taste
Smoke and vanilla with light honey - the one scotch I can drink in any mood
A little sweet with a good amount of burn
Peachy, light, smooth fruit forward
This is a nice every day type of scotch with some smoke and some peat
Angenehme Nase, fruchtig süßer Geschmack mit Honignoten im Abgang, sehr fein zu trinken! Gerne mehr!
Highlander Pub/Wien - 05/19
Caramel and spicy
Lighter peat makes it easier to drink, but has a slightly harsh finish. Flavor is good overall with a nice caramel tone.
Lightly peated (2-3 ppm) the nose is bright with a caramelized sweet but slightly aggressive fruit. The palate is lacking, some earthy tones, darker flavors that for me where hard to distinguish. No peat till the backend and on swallowing the peat shows it’s face again coming up through The nostrils. The finish is slightly smoky but seemed to lack in other flavor notes. Decent, and a good little initiation into peat, but way overpriced for me to return to. $20/pour, $90/bottle.
Probably one of my favorites so far
Great Scotch! A little smoky but I enjoy it more every time I drink it!
Really enjoy this one. A nice smooth finish with good flavor but not overbearing
Probably my favorite everyday whiskey right now
An excellent go-to Scotch, well balanced between peat and sweet.
Perfect balance of peat and caramel. Highland Scotch at its finest.
Well. Quite average. Good but nothing to remember.
Perfect balance of salty, smoky, & sweet. Great entry level for those not familiar with smoke and peat. Not the most complex single malt out there, but it is delicious and drinkable. A staple in my bar.
Got the sweetness a bourbon lover will enjoy, with a little peat in the middle of all the fun flavors. Super enjoyable to drink.
Not as good as Cragganmore, but still real good
I’m not a Scotch guy - I’m a solid bourbon man... but the Oban (18) is AMAZING. Balanced, yet sophisticated, it is a pleasure to sip...
Was on the peatier end of my tastes until I really tried peaty
Sweet with strong floral and honey notes. Might be a new favorite!
Very drinkable, based on the flavor spiral and reviews I expected much more smokiness... I got more pepper
Just like it, nothing special to me.
A little sweet with a good amount of burn
Well balanced smokiness, salt and vanilla hits the nose,
Big tastes of both vanilla and citrus makes up the body,
A sweet finish that rounds of with the same smokiness as it began,
A classic in most pubs. Always a good choice.
This coastal single malt has been my favorite go to scotch for the last two decades after discovering it while visiting Oban. It was much rarer back then.
Super smooth, my favorite scotch
My current go to
So smooth this is one of my favorites
100% my goto
Oban my first sip and all I could think was OH My!
Love it! Fell in love with it the first time I had it. A small amount of peat/smokeness, but not overpowering because there's tons of other flavors too.
I own the 18 year but it's not an option to select. A fine scotch, well balanced between spice, smoke and sweetness. For a nice sip by the fireplace.
So good!!! Highly recommend
So smooth and enjoyable.
I'm not a big scotch drinker (although I am trying to learn), but I do think that this Oban 14 is very nice. It was suggested to me by a friend as a good entry level scotch as it is not quite so peaty as some of the other scotches. When I am looking for a scotch to stock the cabinet I grab this bottle because I know I will enjoy it.
Not the kind of Islay i'm into. A bit floral and rough on the finish. That said, it's good on it's own merit.
Just out right delicious!
Just out right delicious!
A hint of caramel and apple.
This is one of the best whiskey I’ve had to date
A little bit of smoke, but not much. Also a floral taste to me, and a little bite at the end. A good scotch but very different from my Islays.
Obama is a very drinkable whisky. It has a touch of smokey peat but, not overpowering. It has a strong fresh taste that even first time Scotch drinker will like.
Im not well versed in the complexities of scotches. The few i have tried have all been too nutty for me. Oban is an exception. Oban 14 is smokey and dry, helping dilute the whiskey's natural sweetness.
Absolutely love this bottle, got me interested in the world of scotch. It's smooth and just the right amount of smoke for me, a great bottle to enjoy with friends
Oban is one of my favorite whiskys. It’s smooth finish is great. Lots of flavors up front with a perfect ending. Love it.
Fantastic all around Scotch and and a good start to the world of Scotch.
Perfect balance of sweet and smoky taste. Strong and elegant. Must have for the single malt admirers. It is do good. Rich nose and taste. Nice finish. It is not very smokey. Very good
Light Smokiness with salty finish. Expected more smoke up front.
Perfect balance of sweet and smoky taste. Strong and elegant. Must have for the single malt admirers.
Good all around dram. Very smooth. Nice blend of peat, fruit, and oak flavors. Pleasant to drink but not exceptional
Very strong and sour in the beginning. Best on the rock
citrus, salt, light peat. Great stuff from a great place, and the 18 is even better.
I'm not sure if I should go 7 or 8 on this. I like it a lot, but I know there are many whisk(e)ys left to try. It's friendly. On the nose, I get orange & lemon and peel, pear. There is a peatiness (medicinal) quality, but it's more fruit forward. On the tongue I can still taste citrus and fruit, but this where I'm getting a touch of the sea. There is a saltiness, and seaweed taste present. I also taste something that reminds me of Honey Nut Cheerios, a sweet cereal, but not overpowering sweetness on the cereal.
The first scotch that really caught my attention and convinced me to educate myself about single malts. I’m still learning, but this is my landmark setting my standard. The lingering flavor changes through at least three enjoyable steps until you go back for the next sip - dark fruit and salt middle being my favorite. Salty caramel end finish.
Very smooth. Not much peat which I prefer but still enjoyed this one. Nothing overwhelmingly flavorful though
I was looking forward to opening this bottle and it most certainly did not disappoint. Delicious.
Not a fan of a lot of smoky peat to my scotch but this is the first one that has the perfect amount of smokiness couples with a nice bouquet of flavors.
Smooth but not particularly interesting. Fairly limited finish. No complexity at all. If you’re a bourbon lover, you’d probably like this scotch. But drinking it, you won’t really know you’re drinking scotch.
One of my favorites, and one of my first bottles down!
Our first Scotch Whisky. Wife bought it at Costco because she liked the history story on the label. It was a great choice for our first Scotch. We even went to the Oban Distillery when we went to Scotland. Great tour! Brought home 2 bottles of the Distillers Edition.
Great tasting sipping whiskey, One of my favorites when the price is right.
A touch too Smokey for me, but a respectable finish. Not a Palate crusher.
This is what got me started on whisky some 30 years ago. Easy to drink at any occasion... Still a favorite...
Mmmm, this is so delicate and tasty. It totally fulfills the promise! My palate is so fulfilled by the tantalizing swirl of smoky flavor. It definitely made it out of the crowd.
One of my favorite drams, excellent flavor, great color truly one everyone should have in their collection
It is do good. Rich nose and taste. Nice finish. It is not very smokey. Verry goood :)
Not a peat guy, but this convinced me to venture down that tasting avenue. It's not overpowering like Laphraoig, more of a mild peat taste to it. Also smooth, quite like Glenlivet but without the sweetness. Definitely a good boy, not yet perfect.
From the start I tasted the citrus, sweet caramel, vanilla, the malt, and oak. Very fruity and super smooth. Liked it so much that I got a few bottles.
Lekker fruitig en fris
My favorite single malt scotch to date.
Delicate toasted barley/caramel aroma; rich, sweet, smokey flavor - very smooth, long finish. Doesn't quite compare to my favorite Lagavulin 16, but very enjoyable.
Briefly sweet and a long smoky finish.
Very easy to drink. Not a lot of bang for buck though.
Very smooth, sweet vanilla flavor
Smooth and easy to drink.
Enjoyed a lot, one of my daily drinks.
Nice smooth flavor ! A little bit to much citrus !
Like an old lover, the memories are sweeter.
Favorite every day Scotch
Nice non peaty scotch that is smooth and easy to drink. Good to share with new scotch drinkers.
Immediately getting red apple peels on the nose, with some clover and daisy. Getting honey and dark fruits on the palate with not too much smoke and a dash of sea salt. I find this enjoyable neat and can see this as and any-kind-of-occasion Scotch.
Very fruity and sweet, but not syrupy. This would be a good dessert scotch.
Great smokey flavor with an easy finish. A true classic to have and to enjoy with friends and family
Very nice. Beautiful colour quite smooth. Easy to drink. Honeyish
My go to Scotch.
Not quiet the smokiness of Johnny Walker, but close. I prefer this one over Johnny.
Easy to drink.
Oaky, spicy nose with a lingering sweet velvety finish.
Smooth, Carmel, great for sipping and telling stories at camp.
Did not like he this one at all. Seemed to have some "off" flavors reminiscent of food gone bad.
Very very good
Fabulous, I tasted it at the Blair Atholl Distillery - wish I had time to stop in Oban to try it in it's home distillery!
Well balanced, smoke and caramel
Got this for my birthday. So good.
Smooth, heavy smoke flavor, interesting after taste that lingers.
Great daily drinking scotch.
Amazing. Light smoke, Light peat, smooth finish with a hint of sherry.
Very smooth, a little smoky & a little sweet.
One of the best I think I have ever had, got a bottle from a friend will be buying a new one soon as I finished this one off quickly.
It feels like a lighter Laphroaig 10. Not too smoky, sweet and vanilla. Not my taste
Great finish. Perfect peat.
That's a strong one
My first of the finer scotches. This is the standard to which I compare all others.
Worth picking up a bottle. Good amount of sweet, hint of smoke and oak. Nice finish.
Slightly smoky, bourbon taste. Decent malt
A great dram from one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. Great coastal flavors.
Crisp peat an oak flavourings , Amber , went down a treat
Best single malt I've had. Smooth and easy. Not overwhelming but a fine sophisticated taste and finish