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Vat 69 Blended Scotch Whisky is reliable and accessible - a rugged but canny personality.

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Heritage

William Sanderson wanted to focus on one blend that would epitomise the House of Sanderson and so in 1882 he set out to decide which of his blends this should be. Nearly a hundred of his blends were each stored in separate numbered casks; he then called together a number of skilled blenders and friends and invited them to sample each blend and to select the one which was in their opinion the ideal Scotch Whisky blend. The choice was unanimous and the number of the cask or ‘vat’ was ‘69’ and so he named it there and then ‘Vat 69’.

Interesting Facts:

  • In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton took supplies of Vat 69 on his Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition, stating that it would be used for medicinal and celebratory purposes. The distinctive logo of VAT 69 is a copy of the writing on the original cask.
  • The Whisky was first bottled in port wine bottles. The iconic packaging in India is based on this original bottle shape. Vat 69 is most popular in India, South Africa, Uruguay and Argentina.

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