Review #6: Oban The Distillers Edition
Age: 14, Distilled in 2003
Nose (according to the wife): Lots of fruit and fragrance with a bit of smoke right at the end. She said it reminded her of Chinese quince and of floral tea. This is her absolute favorite nose so far! While you get a warming effect, the alcohol “burn” smell is barely there so the result is a very soothing and smooth scent.
Palate: The nose suggests this will be a sweet one and it definitely is. You get a huge blast of the sherry mixed in with some fresh fruit (I couldn’t quite place what it was so I’m going to go with quince as well) followed by a bit of floral tea (reminds me of rose tea) that is very pleasant. Not a lot of smoke in the palate though.
Finish: The finish is interesting for me. You get some of the peat/smoke in the finish along with the other notes from the dram. But other than that, the finish is one I’d expect from a dry wine rather than any kind of whisky–short and well, dry. Part of me really likes it because it’s a bit of a surprise, part of me wishes it would have a nice long finish.
Conclusion: Flavor profile for this one is very pleasant and enjoyable, I’m impressed by how complex it is as well. It is on the sweet side, if you’re not a fan of that I’d avoid this one. However, if you like sherried whisky’s, this should be right up your alley. I’m still not sure where I stand on the finish as it is different than anything else I had. Perhaps one to revisit for another review in the future.
Final Score: 80
Scotch whisky review #6, Highland review #1, Whisky Network Review #7
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection.
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.