...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.
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.
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).
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.