Oban 1969

Overall rating
91.57/100
votes
166
Whiskybase ID
WB2557
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2002
Vintage
1969
Bottled
2002
Stated Age
32 years old
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Natural Cask Strength
Barcode
5000281016924
Added on
24 jun 2008 9:07 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2842.15

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Whisky reviews for Oban 1969

32 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.57 points.

  1. Gstblack scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    The most intense lemon tart note in nose, lime peel, vanilla..wow. the taste is so complex..candlewax, lime peel, grapefruit, ginger,oily..vanilla cream..I am shocked. Long citric finish with lime and grapefruit

  2. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Maybe i tried a fake bottle. It's really bitter in finish, just like taking medicine

  3. hyc scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/letting-go-7-barra-and-beyond/

    Without internet connection again, I can’t look up any of the details of this single malt. All I know is what I wrote on the label at the time: Oban / 32yo / Justerini & Brooks [the O&R stand] – J&B being Diageo. How does J&B compare with JW, I wonder? What are the recipe differentials?

    N: This one has grown rather gracefully in cask then glass. We’ve honeyed dunnage, yet the dunnage is rather low key, the honey, fruity & floral with a soft nutty huskiness. Alongside a newly cut dry ivy note, things are less dank and fusty than old noses can often be. Rather, we’ve barley sugar layers that build [and have built up] over time, in a way that you’ll rarely come across in a younger malt or blend. There’s a bone-dryness here too that I hope will translate on the nose.

    T: With no abv indicator on the sample bottle and little indication on the nose, I don’t expect it to be so strong, yet my estimate of between 50-54 abv on the palate means I’m back in the game. Profile-wise, adding water takes this old malt to a place I’d hoped it would be from nosing – dry as a bone with those crystallised oak sugars a celebration of age. No need to overthink this. I chew it over, sit with it and settle back.

    F: Reminds me of some unique Cragganmore family casks I enjoyed at Ballindalloch [WLP]. It’s not without some tannins, but given its age and what it’s imparted, I can allow it some slack. Short finish then, but with an all-too-pleasing linger.

    C: Certainly the best Oban I’ve ever had, which isn’t saying too much. Puts those trending £600+ 3yo Bimber whiskies in perspective.

  5. ESiebers scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    one of the best whisky's I ever taste, good balance and plate!

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Quite powerful and firm, not very complex but pretty drinkable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pretty intense, green banana, little leafy, lot of vanilla, lemon peel, lime, carambole, spices - pretty OK
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, very oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, citric, peach, more vanilla, pepper, hints of oak wood - quite good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, spicy, more punchy

  8. CherryHeart scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Wenxiang Nose: Ah wonderful sauce, hazelnut chocolate, Guozhen, Hami melon, cherries seem to be hung up with noble rot, concentrated with cherry beads and black currant, the main food is jujube hair cake, at the same time confirmed In addition, there is a significant presence of peat mixed peat.

    Taste Palate:
    @Yundi
    'S comment is "fresh and spicy", my feeling is "fresh and spicy", fresh from the pure sweet and salty, orange peel, kumquat sauce, sea salt, cloves, cardamom, pineapple rum; spicy more Crisp and crisp from herbs, a pot of crab shell with cinnamon and thyme.

    After rhyme Finish: Long and thick, shredded pepper, lime, chocolate milkshake, pineapple rum, mint, thyme.

    Body: Heavy body, light fat and waxy, large frame and not hollow, complexity and balance are excellent levels, strong alcohol but not burning, slightly spicy.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Malt-Taster scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Incredible variety of flavors and mega intense malt. Beautifully balanced, great cinema!

  10. daverdaz scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Incredibly complex mega malt!

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at old and rare 2020. Savoury with marzipan and toffee some orange a bit old style, quite drinkable.

  12. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Vanilla, rice pudding, coconut, ginger, some sourness. Not a very bright or expressive nose, I'm afraid.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Mostly, if not all, ex-bourbon casks. Excellent. Oily, good mouthfeel. Comes on strong and stays there. Wave after wave of flavors -- cooked pears, pears, apples, and root plants like boiled lotus root, daikon, potato, with a hint of peat, something sourish, and oak mixed in. Rock sugar and ginger. With water, salt rushes in, and the flavors are further accentuated. A bit more fruits would garner a higher score.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish, somewhat oaky but not egregious.

      To be honest, this dram is not unlike some of these 1973 or 1975 undisclosed Speysides, likely Glenfarclas, that came out in droves the past 3-4 years. Of course, this Oban cost quite a bit more than those. It's clear which one to buy, if you're a drinker. If you decide to buy, beware of fakes out there.

      Purchased this sample at the Old and Rare 2020 in London.

  13. penumbra scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, Craigellachie 31 is handsome, easy to drink can't catch up with Convalmore 36, the wine is poor in Caol ila 28, and the mix is not as good as Highland Park 30, you can drink, but it is not necessary.
    • Nose
      Yuanwen is a fresh bourbon barrel, honey, licorice, milky, wafer, white Qiao. When I got closer, the feeling of sebum was very obvious, and the taste of cod liver oil began to show up, with a little salty smell, accompanied by pine wood, peat, grass, slightly pungent freshener, lemon grass. Finally there are hearty fruits, citrus, Elizabeth melon, almond, and toasted oak.

      Fruity 10, Honey 6, Oak 3, Peat 3, Salty 2.
    • Taste
      The beginning is a fleeting pepper, less pepper. Honey, lard, brine, plums, apple juice, apricots, vanilla, theophylline, nuts, wooden boards, pineapple, lemon jam. The stack of post-dinner desserts of exceptionally high quality is just right, sweet and salty. The fruity flavor is like cheese, which is the bitterness of the tail section and the wooden barrel is slightly inadequate.

      Full, rich in fat, medium sweet, no tannins, no sourness, bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long, pepper, matcha, oak spice, hearth ash.

  14. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2019] Why not try one of the "legendary" old drams (at least when looking at the WB average score of 92.28 points by 124 members)? One reason could be that the friend who passed on this sample stated that he does not like it at all...

    ...in which case it is a must try - what else? I am not sure if this sample truly was the Oban 1969 (the friend bought it as a sample, too) but if it was than it is by no means stunning. It is an interesting but somewhat limited old style dram that is not worth to pay more than 200 Eurobucks for (in my honest opinion). But again, maybe this was a fake sample... I certainly have to check this if I come across another sample in the future.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a rather shy profile that opens up slowly upon breathing only. It is truly old-stylish but very different to most other end-of-sixties drams I tasted so far. I would call this austere, but not in a bad way. It offers pre-dominantly waxy-oily aromas with some spices and herbal notes, missing the fruity side almost completely.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sugary sweet with old style waxes. honey, vanilla and toffe notes. Some spices and tea-ish flavours too but I would not call this complex. And I do not find any hint of plums that Serge describes passionately (actually, if I compare this sample to Serge's tasting notes I do believe this is NOT the Oban 1969 but an average Glenfarclas from the mid-eighties or something alike).
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and not very coating with a minor drying moment of the tannins. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the sweet sugary-honeyed side of the dram. No distracting moments towards the end. Water turns the nose punchier and the taste more hot-peppery, surprisingly. I like the neat dram best.

  15. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Big and peaty, very smoky as well, dusty, very strong, rather austere. Some jammy modern style sherry.
    • Taste
      Very austere, ripe pear, very malty and fresh, herb medicine. Still very sweet and oily in general.
    • Finish
      Long, minty and nutty, some jammy sherry and oak.

  16. kimmosuo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It's the balance that makes this whisky. Beautiful stuff. I forgot, but I believe I got this some from Dirk? Whoever it was, thanks for sharing!
    • Nose
      Oy, that's a lot of orange. Cointreau, but also more vibrant orange zest. Oh, and there's plums too. Pretty intense. Hints of marzipan too, as well as melted butter and beeswax. There's a touch of shoe polish, and just a whiff of peat smoke, and paraffin.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Honey comb, orange peel, orange marmalade, and a touch of menthol that goes a long way. Some more marzipan and warming cinnamon, but also a whiff of wood smoke, resin, shoe polish and maldon salt. The balance is beautiful.
    • Finish
      Lingering resin notes, accompanied by subtle citrus and a whiff of smoke.

  18. wheatfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Reviewing this from memory after drinking an entire bottle. It's a thick medium gold, lots of orange oils, menthol, light peat and sea air. Concentrated dried herbs and orange oil. The best Oban I've had hands down, though beside the town's incredible seafood they're not one of my favorite distilleries.

  19. Dominique69 scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  20. Calmar scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    The masterpiece of aroma, which brought together practically the entire range of derivatives available for whisky (with the exception of the phenolic block, of course), is almost ideal, compared to it, the taste / finish looks weaker and simpler, but this is only in comparison, if they are also confidently distracted from the fragrance places in the big leagues. All this is perfectly balanced and assembled into a single, one-piece product, one foot standing at the level of masterpieces.
    • Nose
      From the first breath, it is stunning and striking with its richness, kaleidoscopy and multifacetedness - which is not the case here, the mass of the wood is certainly old polished furniture, noble wood products, Indian carpentries soaked with hundreds of fragrances, old boxes for cigars and pipe tobacco, dozens of varieties of tobacco; spices - cinnamon, vanilla, anise, cumin - you can endlessly sniff out new and new shades and aromas; confectionery motifs - burnt caramel crust on the cake, strudels and dozens of varieties of creams; Do not forget and joiner's colors - furniture varnish, thinner, a little eucalyptus and pine needles; mint, leather goods; I stop, for, I feel, I will have to list all the aromas characteristic of whisky, what can I say here - a fantasy.
    • Taste
      Thick, powerful, sweet-oily, lemon-woody, resin, needles, mint and spicy oak, orange peels, ginger candied fruits, dried medicinal herbs, buckwheat honey.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, sweet-bitter oak, butteriness, raisins, slightly burnt biscuits, fondant, boiled condensed milk.

  21. MikerG2k scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The way to describe this: It’s like eating an orange marmelade in front of the distillery watching the sunset and the sea, while cars are passing by. Fruity and dirty but with great satisfaction. It loses a few points on the not so expressive nose but besides that, a great, great whisky. This is the typical oranges, salted and oily profile of Oban but on steroids. Love it! Where are these cask strength Oban releases nowadays?
    • Nose
      Salted oranges. It is quite intense but also a bit closed at first. Oily with some werthers original candy and citrus. Not really complex but all very well defined and great. Later I am getting more citric fruitiness combined with marzipan, vanilla custard. It’s also a bit mossy and sandy, that reminds me of fishing nets and a sandy beach.
    • Taste
      Salt, brine and an outspoken citric aspect with mainly oranges and grapefruit. A touch of wood and ginger. Vanilla. Followed by some smokiness and a lovely honey layer too. Water weakens the saltiness a bit and the fruity notes become fresher. Also some nutmeg and ginger can be find here.
    • Finish
      Ah nice, a long finish with oranges and grapefruits and caramel. Also some smoke and a hint of spices.

  23. Bram84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Body; soft,oily,soothing.
    • Nose
      Sweet ,sandy.A walk on the beach.
    • Taste
      Silky,teasing.Tightly combined flavours. Oily creaminess. Sweet,edible seaweed.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly assertive. Sandy.Almost gritty.Stinging salty.

  25. BXpress scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    This is big, but i also felt that the full bottle would have even more to offer. Certainly a Whisky you need to spend time with. Too bad that there is not more Oban around.
    • Nose
      A little mossy and muddy in the beginning. Some notes of red fruit and icing sugar. A little citrusy. Slightly on old tyres. Pepper and parsley, even a little vegetal. Water (one tiny drop) releases some faint peaty notes mostly roots. Gets also a little sweeter and herbal at the same time.
    • Taste
      Strong olive oil note. Sugary sweet, dusty, thick. Getting more herbal, almost overdosing it (in a good way).  Very present salt but it is not overpowering as it can be in some Pulteneys. The salt rather accompanies the other notes. Gets slightly fruity towards the end of the development (this btw is where this Whisky is most vocal). Sour apples mostly but also hinting at red fruit and some vanilla.
    • Finish
      Certainly long and peppery. Parsley, eau de vie and a herbal- earthy aftertaste.

  26. bakerman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose smells like staying on a pier with a fishermans boat engine on and peeling a lemon...oh my...
    • Nose
      Mineral, brine, diesel, lemon peel, some juniper and little wax, more fruity when diluted
    • Taste
      Little peat, Sliwowitz, lemon, salt, sweet
    • Finish
      peppery, lemon, peat

  27. mika417 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    OBAN 32yo / 55.1% distilled 1969

    Firmly ripe apple and peach, mango, slightly smell of strawberries and tides, grassy and coffee after calming down.

    Soft sweetness and ripe fruit, alcoholic feeling is refreshing, the taste similar to drinking yoghurt in the second half.

    The calm and berry sweetness finish followed conservatively. Although there is no impact strength, it tastes the difference between the malt drunk and the dimension normally

    It is wrapped in ripe fruit and strawberry throughout all the time.

    The name of Oban with little lineup, aged for 32 years in 1969 distillation.

    I had an official 14 years service for drinking comparison, but the difference by aging is obvious.

    The images of rural areas and brands are blown off, and it seems there is no need to think about them (lol)

    In a house drinking, one theme is to drink a lot of official bottles of distillery which has over 100

    However, sometimes it seems to be important as well to luxuriously experience such a taste of long-term maturation. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/distilled1973/35497502.html

  28. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    WITH A DASH OF WATER-

    NOSE - Orangy, hot buttered toast, honey, show polish, honey, butterscotch, just a little more of everything with water added.

    PALATE - Toffee, fudge, still some honey, very sweet, very smooth.

    FINISH - Long

    I think this is probably an acquired taste as it syrupy smooth. I thought it was excellent but due to the syrupiness I could not drink alot of it. Sadly very expensive now if you can find a bottle worth it in my opinion. A very very good whisky , one of the best I have tried.
    • Nose
       orange , marzipan, sweet smoke, shoe polish, honey comb, flower scent, cinnamon, mulled wine, butterscotch, some fruit mainly lemon & orange.
    • Taste
      honeyed, sweet, menthol that really remined me of the soft centre of a lockets throat lozenga, ornage blossom, nutmeg, sweet smoke, tobacco, syrupy.
    • Finish
      long, sweet & spicy.

  30. Willie JJ scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Without doubt the best Oban I ever had. 
    • Nose
      Deliciously malty with shortcrust pear, plum and apple pie. Nutmeg almonds and demerara sugar sit alongside the usually Oban slightly sweaty note, Cinnamon and faint smoke bring up the rear.  
    • Taste
      Rich and hugely intense, with massive sweetness. The malt is wrapped in bundles of spice that permeate the palate, but the main thrust of it is in the dark sugars that fizz and pop on the tongue. 
    • Finish
      Massive spices kick in here. there a charming pepperiness that breaks through the sugars and sizzles on the palate. There's a faint hint of ash too. Plenty of length and warmth. 

  31. j j scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    wunderful dram. thanks aby

  32. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby
    • Nose
      grains - whole meal bread, cipolata fruits, strawberries, oily, floral, menthol - after eight, chocolate and orange
    • Taste
      spices, vanilla, woody, nutmeg, some fudge, oily and some smoke
    • Finish
      oily and tobacco leafs

  33. Feusi scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very complex dram, completely united the whole west coast of Scotland, from Skye to Islay, from salt to sweet and from smoky to peppery. In the nose, almost innocuous, salty sweet with a good bang it explodes in your mouth. The finish is long but is a bit dry.

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