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VAT 69 Blended Scotch Whisky


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Sep 2014


VAT 69 Blended Scotch Whisky
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I have told the story of VAT69 before, when I wrote my tasting notes for this blend, bottled in 1975. This bottling is a littles less old, from 1983. Around 35% of the contents is said to be malt whisky, including Royal Lochnagar and Teaninich, maybe even some Glenesk.

The nose is sweet on vanilla, malt and apples, but also shows a slightly form of OBE. That should not come as a surprise. This bottle has been open for quite a while. The apples are a bit sour, in fact. After some time, I also get a whiff of sea salt, but that remains tucked away in the back.

It is soft and a bit creamy on the palate, but rather flat. A lot of apples again, but also a hint of citrus fruit, without really any kind standing out. Caramel and a little bit of pepper. The salt lining is a lot more outspoken and gives it some (unexpected) depth. Hint of oak.

The finish is medium long, with more oak than on the palate.

All things considered, this remains a little dram. A bottle will not even set you back 18 EUR. Thanks, Pat!

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vrudy6 commented

This whisky always reminds me of Captain Lewis Nixon played by Ron Livingston from the HBO mini series Band of Brothers. He always had a stash of Vat69. That's the first time I heard of this blend.

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