Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt. Highlands, Scotland. ABV: 43.00%. Tasted at The Tilbury Hotel, Woolloomooloo. $0, courtesy of my friend Shelly.
Apologies for being off air for a few days, but I’ve been busy drinking whisky! A few days to catch up on, let’s get into it with the Oban 14 year old…
Colour: Bright caramel.
Nose: Dried fruits, mainly sultanas and apricots. Slightly floral.
Palate: Cool oily mouthfeel to start, then a gentle heat builds. Toasted oak flavours, buttery.
Finish: Soft peppery tingle on the front of the tongue. Medium length.
Comments: Have you ever had elocution lessons from a slightly tipsy Scottish lass? Hilarious. My dear friend Shelly bought me an Oban when I was back visiting Sydney, and then proceded to correct my apparent mispronunciation of Oban after we’d had a couple of drinks.
Whisky a Day: Hey Shell, is this an Oban?
Shelly: It’s not O-bahn, it’s Oh-bin!
Whisky a Day: Oban?
Shelly: No no nooooo…that’s not right, it’s Oo-bun!
Whisky a Day: So how would you pronounce it, Oooooo-bun, Oh-bin, Oh-bahn? Or simply “gargle-gargle-swallow”?
Whisky a Day: Surely you can’t be serious?
Shelly: I am serious, and stop calling me Shelly!
I look forward to many more elocution lessons next time I’m back in Sydney Shelly! Though I think I’ll leave the final word to legendary Scottish actor Brian Cox…