VAT 69 Finest Scotch Review
Distillery: William Sanderson & Son Limited
Expression: VAT 69 Finest Scotch (No Age)
Category: Blended Scotch
VAT 69 might fly under the radar of casual whisky drinkers, but this blend has actually been around since 1882.
That’s when distillery owner William Sanderson had a vision to create the blend of all blends.
S,o he had his team prepare 100 different casks of blended whiskies.
Then he hired a panel of experts carefully taste each and every one and select the best one.
I have a sneaking suspicion that these so-called “experts” secretly conspired to toss their tastings notes to the wind and play a tasty little joke on their employer.
What number did they pick?
Since then, VAT 69 has had a colorful history, pooping up in 1970s-80s Bollywood sets as the choice of wealthy villains of the underworld.
It was also the most sought after drink by Captain Lewis Nixon in the famed Band of Brothers book and miniseries.
In terms of taste, it’s an OK non-age blend, consisting of a mixture of 40 different malt and grain whiskies.
Swimming somewhere in the Johnnie Walker Black territory.
Really cheap though, so don’t hesitate to give it a shot.
Just don’t be expecting the world or nothin’.
VAT 69 Tasting Notes
Nose: rubbing alcohol,All-spice, vanilla custard, pear
Palate: light caramel, bitter melon, black pepper, hints of peat
Finish: decent finish for a budget blend. Some interplay and smoke but it won’t blow your socks off though.