Then comes the Oban. 14 years old Oban Scotch malt whiskey is made in the Western Highlands, one of the most sparsely populated region in Europe. Oban is not exactly a gem, as the saying is. It is a ‘clean’ malt that misses its mark somehow. It has a flimsy, spiritous smell, by no means spreading throughout the tumbler after pouring. The taste is dry and clean, but fresh, with citrus and licorice tips. It quickly turns to salty and bitter keeping a sharp almost metallic acidity. Its harshness is balanced by the pleasant long finish of mature fruits and pervasive burn-out feeling. It gives a fresh breath too! My overall opinion is quite contrasted. For sure, Oban doesn’t stand comparison with the excellent Lagavulin. Now I can’t wait to taste the remaining four Classic Malts and make comparisons as well.
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