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October 27, 2021


There’s this new 12 ‘SR’ and I am somewhat intrigued, being fairly an Oban fan. Let’s attempt to discover a correct sparring accomplice in the event you please, even when let’s be trustworthy, the Oban field is nearly empty at Château Whiskyfun. What number of totally different Obans are there? Maybe select this early Traditional Malt?…


Oban 14 yo (43%, OB, 75cl, +/-1988)

Oban 14 yo (43%, OB, 75cl, +/-1988) Four stars and a half

So a really early European Traditional Malt, nonetheless crammed right into a 75cl bottle and bearing the ‘Little Bay of Caves’ nickname. Keep in mind the 2 or three earlier official 12 yo of their decanter-like bottles had been nothing however stellar. Color: mild gold. Nostril: comes with this very peculiar sooty profile, filled with brine (black olives juice) and roasted pine nuts. Some meaty fatness (mutton suet?) after which an unexpectedly gentler mixture of butterscotch and café latte. Wee touches of sentimental cleaning soap, beeswax and thyme essence someplace within the background. A somewhat massive old-school boy feeling denser and richer than 43% vol. on the nostril. Mouth: certainly, a fatter child, additionally very sooty and a tad mustardy at first, getting then comparatively rounder, with burnt desserts and roasted chestnuts. Fairly some saltiness coating all that, harking back to black olives as soon as once more. Definitely one of many sootiest malts and, in a approach, a real West-coaster beside Springbank and, say Ben Nevis. End: fairly lengthy, dry, very salty and with clear notes of pine smoke. Feedback: most likely extra advanced than newer choices, though I might imagine that latest batches have improved once more after some harder 2000s. Extraordinarily good and actually idiosyncratic (love that phrase in tasting notes), these European 75cl-bottles are actually price chasing down.

SGP:362 – 89 factors.

Oban 12 yo 'A Tale of Light and Dark' (55.9%, OB, Special Release 2021, Untold Legends)

Oban 12 yo ‘A Story of Gentle and Darkish’ (55.9%, OB, Particular Launch 2021, Untold Legends) Four stars

Stated to be a 2008 and to have been matured in fresh-charred American oak, though the label would say ‘ex-bourbon and refill casks’. The official web site additionally speaks of ‘Oban’s understated, easy-drinking fashion’. Not too certain about that half… Color: white wine. Nostril: definitely not as briney and deep because the outdated 14, and somewhat extra spirity however that could be the a lot greater alcohol. Overripe apples and slightly beer, mustard and cleaning soap. With water: we’re nearer to its ancestor, even when there is no beeswax this time, no terpenic notes, no piney stuff… However the olives are again. It is a easier however keep in mind the 14 had spent greater than thirty years in glass. Mouth (neat): good, if slightly eau-de-vie-ish and even brutal. Extra beer or ale, orange bitters, certainly a contact of salt… I imagine we’re heading in the right direction… With water: it is not that we recreated the outdated 14, however, effectively, fairly so… Wonderful pine resin and salt, liquorice, fino sherry (I do know there’s no, however Oban IS fino-y), and as soon as once more one thing clearly ‘West-Coast’. Not speaking about jazz right here, eh… End: fairly lengthy, tighter, with some salted kirschwasser would I say. One pickled gherkin within the aftertaste. Feedback: actually a mode that I take pleasure in, very effectively finished even when the outdated 14 remained out of attain all alongside. Oban is just not malt whisky for vacationers!

SGP:462 – 87 factors.

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