Oban 1969

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2002
Stated Age
32 years old
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Natural Cask Strength
Added on
24 Jun 2008 9:07 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2358.19

34 × in wishlist

157 × member ratings

148 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Oban 1969

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.64 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. BXpress scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior


    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.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    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.

  9. ESiebers scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

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

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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


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