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VAT 69 Blended Scotch Whisky

(70cl, 40.0%)
VAT 69 Blended Scotch Whisky

Awards for VAT 69 Blend


Premium Blends - 2014

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)


Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition


Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

VAT 69 Blend Details


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Whisky or Whiskey

What's in a name? VAT 69 Blended Scotch Whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled VAT 69 Blended Scotch Whiskey, rather than whisky.

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VAT 69 Blend Bottling Note

A famous and very popular blended whisky, Vat 69 comes with a great deal of history. It was first made in 1882 by William Sanderson - a liquor manufacturer from Leith, Scotland. To create the perfect blend, Sanderson made up 100 different vattings of whisky and hired a panel of expert whisky tasters to select the finest one. They chose the 69th vatting, thus the name, Vat 69. Blended using forty different malt and grain whiskies, this is a smooth, balanced spirit and a perennial favourite with blend drinkers.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Hints of spice and caramel, notes of barley malt, with a soft wheat character. A touch of pear juice.

Palate: Ground almonds and barley malt. Slightly biscuity, more of those pear notes, a little pepper. Sweet, rounded.

Finish: Woody, spiced finish. Caramel.

Overall: Simple, easy-going stuff. If you're looking for a dependable blend, this is an excellent choice.

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User Reviews of the VAT 69 Blended Scotch Whisky

Nilutpal Neog- Dhemaji.

Its too better for celebration parties.

17th September 2014

Just flat ...not complex... still very decent and smooth

Budget whiskey. Not offensive. That's about it. No woody, caramel and all that. No comparison with anything else. Even Red Label or Black Dog is more complex than this. But it is less offensive than many other similarly priced scotchs

14th September 2014

yeah right 3&half stars

if you the taste of rubbing alcohol,this is your drink.

8th September 2014

All I know about Vat 69

I prefer the Haig scotch whiskeys. Haig&Haig Five Star was my favorite. However, my brother in law, who has enough money to but a distillery and who could buy any scotch made by the barrel, has been drinking Vat 69 since 1950. I have tried to put him onto Ballentine 30 year old but he politely declines and goes back to Vat 69.

4th June 2014


i love this whiskey,simple, smooth, uncomplicated whiskey. my tipple of choice. got a bottle of jonnie double black for my birthday, took one sip, gagged, and gave it to my neighbor! considering the rand is almost 15 to the pound and it costs 17 pounds in the uk, here we only pay R99! bargain!

25th May 2014

I've loved it for many a year.

I am drinking more and more whisky as I come to the close of a dissolute life and I am now returning to the Scotch whisky spirit and rejecting the gins, vodkas,rums, tequilas etc., et al, et al, of my youthful days. These days I want a nice drink that is not over-oaked, is kind of sweet, doesn't burn too much and kind of fits the bill of a friendly "prop" whisky. I remember serving this Scotch in an hotel I worked in (in Scotland) as this was the company's "house" whisky. Customers claimed they hated it but none could ever pick it out in a blind tasting along with other "props". It is OK, alright, satisfactory - and fills the niche when I just want a plain, ordinary glass of Scotch without having to "chew" etc. VAT 69 is fit for purpose, providing you know what the purpose is.

4th April 2014

Not Great

If you are in to single malts ( highlands) you will loathe it. All this Fruitcake Caramel Wood are nonsense,its plain spirit and nothing more. If you want a better whiskey get Black Dog over it anyday.Black Dog has that Caramel Buttery Creamy taste.If you have low tastes get this or the slightly better than VAT ,the Red Label.

24th March 2014

nice blended

very nice

17th March 2014

fuck off !!! Vat 69 is shit brand try black dog its better

vat 69 is not smoooth compared to its price. for 750 ml in bangalore it is 1290rs. try black dog its is 1460 rs for 750 ml and far better than vat 69. vat 69 sucks!! coz is wasted my money for trying vat 69. id u want to try vat 69 go for 180 ml bottle

17th March 2014

Not the cheap whisky I recommend

Someone encouraged me to try it. It gives a good impression at first with a nice caramelized woody flavor but leaves a petrol like flavor afterwards which is disappointing. Won't buy it again

1st March 2014


Great value for a very nice blend

17th February 2014


I poured 69 in Johnie Walker bottle over the festive season,and my buddies loved it! hi hi hi ho.....69 forever we go

7th February 2014

@Old vat69

Hi there! We have some older versions of the Vat 69 right here on our website ( None from the 1940s (yet), but some do seem to have the bottle shape you're after! If we manage to find any from the 1940s, we'll make sure to list it on site, so do check back! --The Chaps at Master of Malt

29th January 2014

Old vat69

anyone who knows where I could buy an older type vat69, with the type of bottle that were shown in Band of Brothers, so a vat bottle from 1940-1945? (or older)?

28th January 2014

Its OK

Passable budget blend, slightly 'marzipan' sweetness with some kick.

13th January 2014

First timer

Today i drink first time....near 200 ml...(though the bottle was 375ml) does't work to really shocked.

1st January 2014

Very nice

Usually only drink single malt, but this is a lovely whisky, I drink it straight and it's a nice evening drink

28th December 2013

Drink for men...real men.

People saying "this is petrol/kerosene like" should just go and get a glassof OJ at the nearest juice bar. Citric bite, wood flavor, strong taste, not for everyone of course. Only for the ones that really appreciate a great blend.

12th December 2013


vat 69 is very bad drink issne mere papa ke 26 sall barbad kar de deye

11th November 2013

Like Petrol

If you want to try this without spending too much, just go to the garage and buy a litre of petrol.

26th September 2013

Half decent but too much added caramel

Some reasonable fruit cake character but there is an obvious caramel artificial taste here in the most recent sampling from the Vat 69 bottled in Australia, as at August 2013.

7th August 2013

The name VAT 69 as i see.

VAT 69 to me seems to be "we at 69",before realizing this about the name i had felt that it has a taste like biting a girls hair weird it may seems but thats the taste of VAT 69 as i get it, and 69 obviously makes me feel that the taste is close to a taste as one get in 69 position with the hairy feeling dominating so now i know why any one would try get close to that taste in making of an alcohol as no one would bite hair otherwise but in 69 position one may. VAT 69 rocks its one of my favorite blend, the name rocks too.

14th July 2013

Top Rating By Experts in Blind Tasting

I deemed Vat 69 the best blended scotch whiskey available back in 1962 and bought it exclusively. Then, Les Amis de Von(Spelling) published an article about scotch-tasting parties similar to wine tasting parties where strong cheeses replaced bread and soft cheese as a palate cleannser between scotches. They also published the results of a blind scotch tasting by experts. the results were that Vat 69 and Johnny Walker Black Label were the only blended scotch whiskeys rated excellent. Within a year, the price of Vat 69 doubled so I switched to single malts.

20th June 2013

Slightly overrated whisky, but half-decent for its price

Half-decent whisky, actually quite okay for being a cheap blended scotch. Obviously compares bad versus a single malt, even a young and rather cheap one, however that is expected due to it's price. The bottle is simply aesthetically embarrassing which adds that cheap feeling to the experience. In my opinion this whisky needs a slight amount of water to be at its best. I would buy a twice as expensive bottle anytime though, as taste is for me more important than the cost

26th April 2013

Great value blend

An ideal summer dram with friends not too complex but just a very good, well made simple blend, with a wonderful interplay of vanilla, honey and wood, a Bargain..

13th March 2013

The mymic

What people are calling a kerosine like taste I think is actually a really nice citrus skin bitterness, this is quality blend, and with a price tag of £16.70 this is definitely worth including in your next order.

5th February 2013

Good budget blend for hot climates

Vat69 has a good strong flavor and a smooth light finish. It is good on the rocks or with a little water.It's affordable here in South America.

29th December 2012

The TOP 3 Blended Scotch Worldwide!!

Vat 69 -Highland Cream- White Hourse Nothing .....but really nothing (even Premium Blends with 12 years) are better like this 3 brands of blended scotch!! three old breed brands! Yes of course I like Single Malt but why not sometimes a very good blend! Blending like Vat69 or W.Hourse it's real Art!! Good save the Master-destillers for this magnificent work!! slainte

8th November 2012

Only the best for Mrs. Nixon's baby boy

I first heard of this brand reading Band of Brothers tried it and loved it this is a drink for real men damn right!

19th September 2012

Best value for your money

it's a great great blended whiskey, nothing complex or fancy, but you are not looking for that when you are buying this. Way better *(way!!) then red label, Jack Daniels, Ballantines, JB, Black Label...contender for Chivas Regal, but way cheaper. I would chose this over some of the "entry" level single malts to...but just some of them

23rd August 2012


Enjoyed it wid frnds, very smooth, never burns as it goes down ur throat, strong smell,no hangovers,light and quick effects immediately,sublime..

16th July 2012

Tuelo Moeng (South Africa)

I have tasted V69 in 2010 & i have since fell in love with it,i just love it............

11th April 2012

Tuelo Moeng (South Africa)

Have tasted V69 in 2010 & i feel in it...

11th April 2012

Me n hm

Having VAT 69 and loving it

1st April 2012

Whiskisaurus Rex

I'm having a drink right now, really not bad considering the price (7,79€).

27th February 2012

real good scotch

i first had this when i was in a trip with my friends,its really worth to pay for it.

2nd December 2011

The Finest the very best.

a magnificent blend. As the last Plant Manager of the South Queensferry Plant I can vouch for its quality. Sadly Diageo dont rate it highly enough to invest in the UK market.

5th October 2011

cracking scotch whisky

i have a bottle V69 in the house from menstrie distillery 25 years ago for safe keeping.

17th August 2011

Great drink in Africa.

Spent many years in Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe and this was always my Number One purchase at Gatwick and Heathrow.

30th July 2011

Myanmar country

It looks very expensive.

15th June 2011

Hard to find in USA

I have sipped VAT69 thirteen years ago and have been a fan of it since.great flavour great aroma super it!

27th May 2011

Easy going (KK, Malaysia)

A touchstone favorite. Pretty smooth. Light, fresh and clean. An excellent whisky for hot climates.

22nd May 2011

Easy going (KK, Malaysia)

A touchstone favorites. Pretty smooth. Light, fresh and clean. An excellent whisky for hot climates.

22nd May 2011

This is man's drink son!

Not refined or subtle. Heavy wood flavors. Good strong burn. The weak won't like it. The old breed will have nothing else.

18th April 2011

Its a bad one...

Its like you are having kerosene too much grain whisky for someone who likes to take the malt ones. I spent money on this once..never again..too sweet for me.

21st February 2011

Daria Nixon

Its by far the best booze. ever. When I go drinking, I drive only VAT. Only for a Nixon! ;)

5th February 2011

Great Value for a great whiskey.

This is my favorite scotch. As much as i love the taste, the coolest thing about this whiskey is that it does not get more old school than Vat 69. Cheers.

12th January 2011

Best Blended Scotch for the money

I got this Scotch because I saw it in the Band of Brothers. It was the drink that Lewis Nixon drank. This was hands down the best blended Scotch I have had. Even with the shipping to the US it was well worth the money. It was very smoth.

25th November 2010

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