Vat 69 scotch blended whisky
Vat 69 is a scotch blended whisky that is produced by William Sanderson & Son Limited of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland.
In 1882, William Sanderson prepared one hundred casks of blended whisky and hired a panel of experts to taste them.The batch from the cask (or “vat”) with number 69 was judged to be the best, and this provided the whisky’s brand name.
The whisky was at first bottled in Port bottles.
Despite the name it is not a vatted malt but a blend of about 40 malt and grain whiskies. The different malts are blended with each other at the optimal ripening stage to ensure the best blend. This means that a light malt of eight years, having reached its ripening summit and coming from the Lowlands adds the same result to the blend as an 18-year-ripened peat malt from Islay. Therefore Vat 69 Reserve carries no standard age statement.