Vat 69 is the world’s first blended whisky to have been born out of exigence and multiple tastings.
Thought to be one of the UK’s most popular blends and, at the same time, one of the best-known import beverages of its kind, VAT 69 marks a page in the history of whiskies. It was born in 1882, at the initiative of a liqueur producer in Scotland by the name of William Sandersen.
As the story goes, Sandersen decided to create the perfect whisky, which is why he came up with over 100 blends. Unable to decide which one he should put out on the market, he asked other people – whisky specialists – to choose. Their unanimous choice was blend number 69.
VAT 69 is obtained by blending 40 single malt whiskies. There are two versions of this beverage available on the market: a widespread one and a slightly different British one, with higher malt content. Either of these, however, sports the same brand-specific coppery hue when poured into a glass.
Those who have had VAT 69 said that, upon the first sip, it reveals itself as a simple, pleasant Scotch with a slightly sweet taste and subtle hints of wood. However, the taste which lingers on your taste buds is a touch smoky, extremely flavourful and warm.