This 14 year old is an expression from the range Classic Malts of Scotland by Diageo. Light oak and apples in the smell. It is slightly salty. I actually feel like I am standing down the harbor in Oban. Not much sweetness though. A little vanilla and burned sugar in the background.
The coastal saltiness is the first thing I notice in the taste. Great oak influence mixed with some raisins and just a wee hint of smoke. Some spices as well. Pepper indeed. Some caramel sweetness comes forward in the finish. It lies very pleasant in the mouth.