smoky
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caramel
oak
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Spiral Oban 14 Year Old

Oban
14 Year Old
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden amber.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Peat and sea salt, swirling in a fruited caramel body.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Citrus explodes out and is complemented with nutty undertones and dashes of vanilla. 
 
Finish
Smoky peat remains with a slight sweetness.

Price:
$89.99
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Oban 14 Year Old is adored for its smoky, salty, dark fruit and vanilla flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Oban distillery, Highland.

Based on 916 votes, the average rating for Oban 14 Year Old is 8.3/10.

Top reviews for Oban 14 Year Old:

— Love it on the rock, Silky and Delicious.

— Smooooth as silk. Easy going down. Best Scotch for the money, hands down!

— A little peat but a lot of flavor. 🔥

Oban 14 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


8.3/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Oban 14 Year Old
Praveen
Praveen,
Nice single malt highlands medium oak whisky with creamy smooth mouthfeel with earthy peaty taste with hints of orange and a slight smoke finish.
 
David
David,
Smooth, easy sipping.
 
Turka
Turka,
Nose: green apples, distinct Palate: a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar to round out the apple pie Finish: crisp, doesn’t linger for too long
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very light and smooth for a peated scotch. Some salty and sweet with dried fruits and citrus, lightly smoky on the finish. A delicious malt! The peat was very subtle and light, this scotch is a hidden gem in the world of Highland Single Malts.
 
Nate
Nate,
Spectacular.
 
Ira
Ira,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Easy drinking scotch with an ever favorite slight peaty flavor that is my favorite
 
Alex
Alex,
Solid choice in the bar. Hints of the sea, goes down easy with a nice little bite on the finish
 
Elliot
Elliot,
Very smooth to drink with a strong peat flavour.
 
Keith
Keith,
Love it on the rock, Silky and Delicious.
 
Blake
Blake,
More of a summer sipper, it is lighter than its counterparts.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
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.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Good solid drink but needed to be over the rocks.
 
Philip
Philip,
Great scotch.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Similar beautiful flavor profile to me as Lagavulin but a touch less on the body. Very solid
 
Gary
Gary,
Solid choice for the price.
 
Dale
Dale,
Smooooth as silk. Easy going down. Best Scotch for the money, hands down!
 
Steven
Steven,
very clean nose slight soft fruit, caramel and vanilla, finish is a slow lingering spicy burn. Phenomenal! 9.0+
 
Connor
Connor,
A little peat but a lot of flavor. 🔥
 
Newsha
Newsha,
My personal favorite. Smooth, slightly sweet, not much peat.
 
John
John,
An easy go - to with a great price!
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Smooth...not to peaty...paints a great picture of the sea air.
 
Dale
Dale,
Top shelf. Smooth as silk. My go-to.
 
Richard
Richard,
One of my favorite scotches of all time.
 
William
William,
First class. Complex flavors, not too peaty. I love it.
 
Joyce
Joyce,
Very smooth, have recommended to friends
 
Troy
Troy,
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.
 
David
David,
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.
 
James
James,
Beautiful- one of my favorites for under $100
 
Robert
Robert,
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.
 
Shauna
Shauna,
kind of bland, slightly floral, and very spicy.
 
John
John,
Best everyday Single Malt Scotch for the money. Can't go wrong!
 
Simon
Simon,
Smooth
 
James
James,
Clean and Crisp, no smoke, would recommend
 
Michael
Michael,
a great mix of smoke and flavor. Start sweet and ends with a wallop
 
Rasmus
Rasmus,
It's a good base scotch. Not my favorite but a good bottle to have at home or to find in a bar
 
Neil
Neil,
My go-to scotch. Always have a bottle in the liquor cabinet. Not enough o's in smooth to describe it.
 
TERRENCE
TERRENCE,
Hands down my favorite Scotch to date. Supremely well balanced and smooth.
 
Bergmann
Bergmann,
Wery nice
 
guest
guest,
Smooth, subtle
 
guest
guest,
Delicious
 
Josef
Josef,
Good
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Smooth, Carmel, honey-like finish.
 
James
James,
Good easy drinking scotch.
 
guest
guest,
Smoky and sweet
 
guest
guest,
Smooth with hints of honey and vanilla. It’s holds a permanent spot in my home bar.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Smooth, herbal, smoke, toffee, balanced, moderate finish
 
Remco
Remco,
Smooth & spicy
 
Bill
Bill,
Very well rounded, hints of smoke, brine, not too harsh
 
Logan
Logan,
Love this scotch. Lots of citrus, vanilla and peat. Nothing overwhelms you, just pleasant to drink.
 
Will
Will,
Perfection in scotch form
 
guest
guest,
Great,smooth, perfect nightcap
 
David
David,
Light and smokey. Very good neat and great flavour
 
David
David,
Straight from the distillery, very Smokey and smooth
 
Steve
Steve,
This is a very nice single malt to have on hand.
 
guest
guest,
Delicious
 
Vivek
Vivek,
Great, smooth drink
 
Gašper
Gašper,
Exquisite
 
Christian
Christian,
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.
 
Ross
Ross,
Personal favorite.
 
guest
guest,
Favorite so far 2019
 
Seth
Seth,
My current favorite bottle of scotch. Not too peated or Smokey. Front end mild sweetness. So smooth.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Enjoyed the light citrus and floral notes
 
Kurt
Kurt,
Killer. Sea salt and caramel on the tongue and a gentle smoky peat finish.
 
Seth
Seth,
Loved it. Wife got me this last birthday and has become a favorite. Smooth and not too smoky
 
Stefan
Stefan,
too smoky
 
guest
guest,
Hints of smoke and sea salt on the nose. Honey and heather on the palate
 
John
John,
Pretty sweet on the front end, giving way to peat on the back end but smooth throughout.
 
John
John,
Delicious blend of peat and smoke yet not overwhelming
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Delicious
 
Daniel
Daniel,
My favorite of the standard middle-shelf Scotches that every bar in the US has.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Very smooth, very sippable scotch
 
Imran
Imran,
easy smoke to start with
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
The best whiskey ever.
 
Tim
Tim,
For now my favorite!! I Haven't tried a lot of whiskys but this one already blew my mind
 
Scott
Scott,
Smokey Petey... Delicious!!!
 
Etienne
Etienne,
Great Scotch that goes down smooth and warms you up!
 
David
David,
One of my absolute favorites. On the darker side of the scotch spectrum (#scotchspectrum), which is probably why I like it so much.
 
NOAH
NOAH,
The only Whiskey bottle my friend and I could finish in a few hours. This is so delicious!!!
 
Marques
Marques,
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.
 
Günter
Günter,
Very remarkable finish to finish a perfect Scotch Single Malt dram
 
guest
guest,
Superb peaty yet subtle scotch.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Smoke and vanilla nose. Smoke and seaweed. Thick. Full. Honey. Sweet. Good length.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Wonder sipping scotch, no ice, no water. I think it’s probably the smoothest scotch for under $100.
 
guest
guest,
Spicy
 
Joshua
Joshua,
One of my favorites.
 
Razvan
Razvan,
Balanced
 
Michael
Michael,
I like it a lot with some water...brings out the oils
 
guest
guest,
Great
 
Bradley
Bradley,
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.
 
arne
arne,
very “wooden” taste
 
Michihiro
Michihiro,
Smoke and vanilla with light honey - the one scotch I can drink in any mood
 
Angela
Angela,
A little sweet with a good amount of burn
 
Jeramy
Jeramy,
Peachy, light, smooth fruit forward
 
Marc
Marc,
This is a nice every day type of scotch with some smoke and some peat
 
guest
guest,
Angenehme Nase, fruchtig süßer Geschmack mit Honignoten im Abgang, sehr fein zu trinken! Gerne mehr! Highlander Pub/Wien - 05/19
 
shannon
shannon,
Caramel and spicy
 
Giulio
Giulio,
Lighter peat makes it easier to drink, but has a slightly harsh finish. Flavor is good overall with a nice caramel tone.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
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.
 
Owen
Owen,
Probably one of my favorites so far
 
WESLEY
WESLEY,
Great Scotch! A little smoky but I enjoy it more every time I drink it!
 
Jason
Jason,
Really enjoy this one. A nice smooth finish with good flavor but not overbearing
 
Brett
Brett,
Probably my favorite everyday whiskey right now
 
Michael
Michael,
An excellent go-to Scotch, well balanced between peat and sweet.
 
Sasikiran
Sasikiran,
Elegant
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Perfect balance of peat and caramel. Highland Scotch at its finest.
 
Andrej
Andrej,
Well. Quite average. Good but nothing to remember.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
 
Chris
Chris,
Got the sweetness a bourbon lover will enjoy, with a little peat in the middle of all the fun flavors. Super enjoyable to drink.
 
Mandy
Mandy,
Not as good as Cragganmore, but still real good
 
Luis
Luis,
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...
 
Ben
Ben,
Was on the peatier end of my tastes until I really tried peaty
 
Jerry
Jerry,
Sweet with strong floral and honey notes. Might be a new favorite!
 
guest
guest,
Very drinkable, based on the flavor spiral and reviews I expected much more smokiness... I got more pepper
 
Cole
Cole,
Just like it, nothing special to me.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
A little sweet with a good amount of burn
 
David
David,
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,
 
Simone
Simone,
A classic in most pubs. Always a good choice.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
Super smooth, my favorite scotch
 
guest
guest,
My current go to
 
Kenyada
Kenyada,
So smooth this is one of my favorites
 
Edwin
Edwin,
100% my goto
 
Richard
Richard,
Oban my first sip and all I could think was OH My!
 
Wesley
Wesley,
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.
 
Christina
Christina,
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.
 
Houston
Houston,
So good!!! Highly recommend
 
Charles
Charles,
So smooth and enjoyable.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
 
Alfonso
Alfonso,
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.
 
Scott
Scott,
Delightful
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Just out right delicious!
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Just out right delicious!
 
Lots
Lots,
A hint of caramel and apple.
 
Stafone
Stafone,
This is one of the best whiskey I’ve had to date
 
Andilee
Andilee,
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.
 
Gary
Gary,
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.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
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. Definitely recommend
 
Christopher
Christopher,
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
 
Ben
Ben,
Oban is one of my favorite whiskys. It’s smooth finish is great. Lots of flavors up front with a perfect ending. Love it.
 
Scott
Scott,
Fantastic all around Scotch and and a good start to the world of Scotch.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
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
 
guest
guest,
Light Smokiness with salty finish. Expected more smoke up front.
 
Christos
Christos,
Perfect balance of sweet and smoky taste. Strong and elegant. Must have for the single malt admirers.
 
William
William,
Good all around dram. Very smooth. Nice blend of peat, fruit, and oak flavors. Pleasant to drink but not exceptional
 
Taryn
Taryn,
Very strong and sour in the beginning. Best on the rock
 
Chris
Chris,
citrus, salt, light peat. Great stuff from a great place, and the 18 is even better.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
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.
 
Colin
Colin,
Average
 
Anthony
Anthony,
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.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Very smooth. Not much peat which I prefer but still enjoyed this one. Nothing overwhelmingly flavorful though
 
Erik
Erik,
I was looking forward to opening this bottle and it most certainly did not disappoint. Delicious.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
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.
 
Alon
Alon,
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.
 
Gerard
Gerard,
One of my favorites, and one of my first bottles down!
 
Russ
Russ,
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.
 
Roger
Roger,
Great tasting sipping whiskey, One of my favorites when the price is right.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
A touch too Smokey for me, but a respectable finish. Not a Palate crusher.
 
guest
guest,
This is what got me started on whisky some 30 years ago. Easy to drink at any occasion... Still a favorite...
 
Aaron
Aaron,
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.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
One of my favorite drams, excellent flavor, great color truly one everyone should have in their collection
 
Piotr
Piotr,
It is do good. Rich nose and taste. Nice finish. It is not very smokey. Verry goood :)
 
Alex
Alex,
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.
 
Guillermo
Guillermo,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Lekker fruitig en fris
 
Mario
Mario,
My favorite single malt scotch to date.
 
Christine
Christine,
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.
 
Uriel
Uriel,
Briefly sweet and a long smoky finish.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very easy to drink. Not a lot of bang for buck though.
 
Quinton
Quinton,
Very smooth, sweet vanilla flavor
 
Eric
Eric,
Smooth and easy to drink.
 
Leon
Leon,
Enjoyed a lot, one of my daily drinks.
 
guest
guest,
Nice smooth flavor ! A little bit to much citrus !
 
Dallas
Dallas,
Like an old lover, the memories are sweeter.
 
Michael
Michael,
Favorite every day Scotch
 
CJ
CJ,
Nice non peaty scotch that is smooth and easy to drink. Good to share with new scotch drinkers.
 
Amit
Amit,
Accidental rating
 
Tristan
Tristan,
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.
 
Leo
Leo,
Very fruity and sweet, but not syrupy. This would be a good dessert scotch.
 
Nick
Nick,
Great smokey flavor with an easy finish. A true classic to have and to enjoy with friends and family
 
guest
guest,
Very nice. Beautiful colour quite smooth. Easy to drink. Honeyish
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
My go to Scotch.
 
Eduardo
Eduardo,
Not quiet the smokiness of Johnny Walker, but close. I prefer this one over Johnny.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Easy to drink.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Oaky, spicy nose with a lingering sweet velvety finish.
 
guest
guest,
Easy drinker
 
Steve
Steve,
Smooth, Carmel, great for sipping and telling stories at camp.
 
Vicky
Vicky,
Did not like he this one at all. Seemed to have some "off" flavors reminiscent of food gone bad.
 
Steven
Steven,
Very very good
 
guest
guest,
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!
 
guest
guest,
Well balanced, smoke and caramel
 
Sean
Sean,
Very good
 
guest
guest,
Hangland
 
guest
guest,
percect balance
 
Steven
Steven,
Got this for my birthday. So good.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth, heavy smoke flavor, interesting after taste that lingers.
 
Matt
Matt,
Smooth
 
guest
guest,
Great daily drinking scotch.
 
Gary
Gary,
Amazing. Light smoke, Light peat, smooth finish with a hint of sherry.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth, a little smoky & a little sweet.
 
Joe
Joe,
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.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Lovely.
 
guest
guest,
It feels like a lighter Laphroaig 10. Not too smoky, sweet and vanilla. Not my taste
 
Robert
Robert,
Great finish. Perfect peat.
 
Dumitru
Dumitru,
That's a strong one
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
My first of the finer scotches. This is the standard to which I compare all others.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Very nice
 
Jeremiah
Jeremiah,
Worth picking up a bottle. Good amount of sweet, hint of smoke and oak. Nice finish.
 
guest
guest,
Slightly smoky, bourbon taste. Decent malt
 
guest
guest,
A great dram from one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. Great coastal flavors.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Amazing flavor
 
guest
guest,
Crisp peat an oak flavourings , Amber , went down a treat
 
guest
guest,
Meh
 
Robert
Robert,
Best single malt I've had. Smooth and easy. Not overwhelming but a fine sophisticated taste and finish
 
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