The oldest Oban at the time of release in 2002, this cask-strength bottling from the Highland distillery was distilled in 1969 and aged for 32 years. A legendary Oban that was awarded 93 points by Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com.
Nose: this one starts very close to plum spirit, kirsch… Big notes of fresh almonds as well, fresh walnuts, crystallized citrons, lemon marmalade… Less phenolic and peaty but fruitier than the 1963 and perhaps a tad woodier, but it’s just as superb. Faint 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: we’ve got the same differences with the 1963 as on the nose, albeit in smaller proportions. Plum brandy (or any stones fruits for that matter), sorb apple spirit, good marzipan (without too much sugar), 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’s a true aficionado? you may ask).
Finish: as long as the 1963’s, still on plum brandy, with a little tar now and again that faint saltiness. I had this one at 93 points.
|Classification||Highland Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||55.1%/ 70cl|