Old & Rare Blended Whisky


This page is dedicated to old & rare blended whiskies that don't have their own pages on the site.





VAT 69 43% ABV

Originally produced in 1882 by William Sanderson, VAT 69 gets its name from the fact that Sanderson created 100 different vattings of whisky and hired a panel of experts to decide upon the best. They chose the 69th vatting, hence the name.

I believe this bottle to be from the 1960's.


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Light oak or dark golden yellow.

Nose: A very light but yet musty nose hinting at bread dough with some very faint (white) pepperiness.

Palate: Somewhat watery fruitiness comprising mainly apple & pear flavours which eventually expand to include the pepperiness of the nose.

Finish: Long with more hints of pepperiness.

Overall Impression: Interesting to revisit a whisky of my youth, but hardly spectacular.





King Edward I

"Old Blended - Specially Selected Scotch Whiskies".

Bottled in 1950's or 1960's


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Polished oak.

Nose: An initial light mustiness gives way to exotic fruitiness including banana, then turning into something very meaty akin to roast lamb with beef stock. Lovely.

Palate: Surpisingly there's nothing meaty here on the palate as it's slightly watery, musty and faintly floral.

Finish: Quite long with a velvety mouth-feel.

Overall Impression: Excellent old fashioned blend.





Malcolm Fraser's

Extra Special Blended Scotch Whisky

Bottled in 1940's


Glass: Bugatti Kelch

Colour: Cloudy dark gold.

Nose: I can only describe this whisky as solid, warming, almost meaty with a mild nuttiness - hazelnut.

Palate: A little watery at first then the nuttiness of the nose appears on the palate along with a suggestion of fruitiness in the form of summer berries, but all remaining mild and a little watery throughout.

Finish: Really quite short.

Overall Impression: Lots of promise from the nose but not really matched by the mild and watery palate.





White Horse

Blended Scotch Whisky

I'm assured this bottle is from 1938 thanks to the import / tax stamps


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: 21ct Gold - shiny and bright.

Nose: Immensely fruity and peaty as I sense toasted peaches glowing over the embers of an open peaty fire. The depth of peaty fruitiness is fantastic.

Palate: As with the nose I'm stunned by the peaty, peachy fruitiness giving a massive presence.

Finish: Very long, almost everlasting and extremely satisfying.

Overall Impression: An excellent nose turns into a glorious palate. Now why am I reminded of Lagavulin?




White Horse

Blended Scotch Whisky

A bottling from the late 50's or early 60's


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich golden

Nose: Very farmy and musty, almost akin to cardboard.

Palate: Unlike the reserved musty nose the palate is immediately alive and tingly with suggestions of black pepperiness, but it's really quite dry and almost, but not quite, metallic. But all in a good way.

Finish: Long and very peppery on the front of the tongue.

Overall Impression: Lovely palate, shame about the nose although it's an interesting one to compare to the very different 1938 version above. I'll take the '38 every time thank you.





Clan More

Blended Scotch Whisky

I believe this to be from the 50's or 60's


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Extremely pale.

Nose: Very fruity with lots of suggestions of berries and hints of very aromatic hay or dried grass.

Palate: Sweet, rreally quite sweet with flavours of honey and definate maltiness.

Finish: Long and very enjoyable.

Overall Impression: As you see my notes are quite short due to this one being a little hard to decribe in full, but it's certainly full of character to the point where I'd like more of it.





Dewars 12

Blended Scotch Whisky

I believe this to be from anywhere between the 50's to the 70's


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Brass.

Nose: Initially quite metallic, almost like a metal-workshop. Then some fruitiness coming through reminding me star fruit or possibly slightly under-ripe pears.

Palate: A creamy mouth-feel, double cream just like the Christmas treat I used to enjoy. Mildly woody, tingly with a suggestion of pepperiness. Finally some hints of butterscotch, delightful!

Finish: Long? It goes on forever with that fruity pepperiness (strawberries?)

Overall Impression: Fantastic, I adore it.







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