1969 Oban 32 Year Old
Nose: starts very close to plum spirit, kirsch… Big notes of fresh almonds as well, fresh walnuts, crystalised citrons, lemon marmalade… Less phenolic and peaty but fruitier than the 1963 [tasted alongside] and perhaps a tad woodier, but it’s just as superb. Fait whiffs of sea breeze but that may be just my mind. As close to a great wood matured plum brandy as whisky can get - just better.
Mouth: Plum (or any stone fruit) brandy, sorb apple spirit, good marzipan, bitter chocolate, teas, lemon marmalade. Not gentle at all I must say, this one is rather a beast and I’d say it’s for true aficionados only (but what is a true aficionado? you might ask).
Finish: as long as the 1963, still on plum brandy, with a little tar now and again that faint saltiness.
Score: 93/100 'superb.. a beast'
- Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
One of 6,000 bottles originally released by Diageo in 2002 as part of their newly created Special Releases which only began in 2001.
The Special Releases is still running to this day and has given us many of the most treasured bottles from Brora, Port Ellen and Lagavulin as well as this one from Oban.
This one-off vintage release of Oban is now a modern legend and has rightfully earned its place in the ICON 100 index of blue chip collectable single malts. More about this index can be found on rarewhisky101.com
Bottle size: 70cl
Shipped weight: 4kg