Fine single-malt whisky has been made here for over 200 years, in one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. Oban 14 is made using only the finest barley, malted to the distillery's own particular specification. Partly germinated barley is gently dried in a kiln where a light peat smoke gives the malt a distinctive character and taste. The result is the smoky, malty dryness in the flavour and finish of Oban.
The stills used are among the smallest in Scotland; the cramped nature of the site is attested to by the odd position of the worm tubs, fed by unusually short lyne arms, and nestled in the 'vee' between the roofs of the still house and an adjoining building.
Rich sweetness and fruits on the nose, including oranges, lemons and pears, with sea-salt and peaty smokiness. Body is full and rich. On the palate: Mouth-filling late autumn fruits - dried figs and honey-sweet spices; followed by a smoky malty dryness. Finish is long, smooth-sweet with oak-wood, dryness and a pinch of salt.