Oban 14 Review

This is the entry level expression from Oban’s core range. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Toffee and butterscotch lead off with some grape juice on the backend. Acidic and malty with some slightly rancid butter.

Palate: Very bland – where did those toffee and butterscotch notes go that were so prominent on the nose? Distant fruits, faint barley, and very subtle oak.

Finish: Dry malt and oak – fades rapidly.

Rating: 74/100 – A somewhat promising nose followed by a let down of palate/finish. Tastes like it was watered down to 20%.

Value for the money: These retail for close to $60 and it’s an easy pass at that (or any) price for me.

Oban Little Bay Review

This is a NAS expression from Oban that is a made up of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks that is married in small oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Briny with some playdough, but fairly hollow overall. Light blackberries with whipped cream.

Palate: Smoky malt with damp cardboard, slightly herbal profile, and subtle spices.

Finish: Very faint berries and sour malt – otherwise unremarkable.

Rating: 71/100 – I found this very underwhelming on all fronts. It’s not bad per se, but all the flavor/aroma knobs have been dialed down to about 3 it seems.

Value for the money: These retail around $70 which is a very easy pass. Spend $30 more or so and pick up the Oban 18 if you’re looking for an Oban.

Oban 18 Review

This is an 18 year expression from Oban – part of its core lineup. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Huge, sweeping malt chased by crisp apples, heather, cardamom, and oak.

Palate: Cinnamon and a myriad of spices up front with sugary oak, apricot, honey. Deliciously complex.

Finish: Big spices lingering with peppery malt and seasoned oak.

Rating: 92/100 – A great expression from Oban.

Value for the money: These can be had for around $110 or so which is a good price for what you get.