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.





Langs Supreme

Blended Scotch Whisky

Lang Brothers (Alexander & Gavin Lang) was founded around 1861 as a rum importer, whisky merchant and blending company. They moved into distilling after purchasing Burnfoot distillery (later renamed as Glengoyne) and their blends were then based around this malt whisky.


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: 21ct Gold

Nose: Very warming aromas with a gentle fruitiness reminiscent of bramble (blackberry) with a touch of raspberry.

Palate: Initially slightly watery but absolutely filled with flavours. Lots of fruitiness (bramble again) with accompanying suggestions of mild liquorice and creamy toffee.

Finish: Long, tingly and very 'alive'.

Overall Impression: Subtle nose follwed by a very lively palate. Nice.





Sandeman Scotch Whisky

George G Sandeman & Sons Co.

Famed for their port, Sandeman also bottled whisky and used their famous caped silhouette figure in a flat Spanish hat on their whiskies during the 70's. Earlier they used the "King of Whsikies" neck label so this bottling is pre-1970.


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Polished oak

Nose: There's something mildly metallic about this whisky, some vanilla too. Now I'm reminded of what I can only describe as tinny custard but it all remains quite subtle or understated.

Palate: That strange tinny-ness continues onto the palate but it's much more pronounced with a pepperiness and red apple-type of fruitiness.

Finish: Long, tingly and quite peppery.

Overall Impression: Quite metallic, understated nose but lively, peppery palate.





Anchor Blend

Finest Old Scotch Whisky

This is an old bottling by The Hull Brewery Co. who introduced the "Anchor Export" brand of strong beer in 1949. This is really guesswork on my part but I bellieve this bottling is from somewhere between 1949 - 1971. It's no later than 1971 as the deposit cost is pre-decimalisation.


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Amber

Nose: Now this whisky has a true richness with lots of toffee, raisins, hints of aged oak and then, after some minutes a suggestion of marzipan.

Palate: Once again very rich, if a little watery at first with more suggestions of toffee. Perhaps even a little caramel-iness (in a good way) and then a quite amazing chocolate-y marzipan.

Finish: An almost everlasting richness concentrated on the back of the palate.

Overall Impression: Dark and rich, is this really a blend? A perfect Christmas one too. Bloody fantastic.





Gloag's Perth Whisky

Rare Old Liqueur 83 proof 26 2/3 Fl. Oz.

I know this is an early bottling but have yet been unable to date it.


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Shiny bronze tinted Oak

Nose: This initially comes across as sweet as one may expect from a Whisky liqueur. Then some hints of furniture polish, perhaps butterscotch too and definitely a suggestion of creamy toffee (Werther's?).

Palate: The palate is sweet too but not sickly sweet as with some (whisky) liqueurs. It also has a lovely mild spicy tingle which after a few minutes turns into a gentle bitterness or perhaps sourness. The sweet flavour is very much similar to the nose with toffee and butterscotch suggestions.

Finish: Very long.

Overall Impression: A bitter - sweet symphony? Perhaps not all the orchestra are playing off the same music sheet, but it's very more-ish and very pleasant, just not a 'Great'.





Bell's Royal Reserve

20 years old (white label)

An old bottling of Bell's 20y from the 1960's


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale gold

Nose: Something mildly metallic here, is this due to sitting for 50-odd years in the bottle? Now I'm getting faint aromas of Alpine cheese, you know, the sweaty sock variety which I love. After some minutes suggestions of mango ice cream come to the fore, but it's all very subtle and subdued.

Palate: A very creamy mouth-feel offers some of that Alpine cheese sweaty sock-ness but the mango now appears to be more like peach on the palate. It's also almost smoky, but not quite.

Finish: Medium to long with slightly bitter peach-iness.

Overall Impression: Different from any Bell's whisky I remember whilst growing up but it's all a little subdued and could do with a little more oomph.



Bell's Royal Reserve

20 years old (black label)

An old bottling of Bell's 20y from the 1970's


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Bright gold

Nose: Mildly fruity with suggestions of peach and raspberry but it's all very subtle although very pleasant on the nose.

Palate: The peach-iness from the nose carries onto the palate but also brings a gentle pepperiness (black pepper) to liven things up a little. The moth-feel is very smooth.

Finish: Long and gently peppery.

Overall Impression: A mild and subtle nose livens up with gentle pepperiness on the palate along with some nice fruitiness.





Crown of Scotland

Blended Scotch Whisky

A brand owned by Barton Distilling Co. who also owned Littlemill and Loch Lomond distilleries. It was produced from the mid 1970's but in 1982 Barton sold Littlemill & Loch Lomond distilleries so this blend vanished.


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale gold

Nose: A very strong mustiness first hits the nose before developing into something rather farmy - think of damp musty hay in an old barn. It's rich and strong but nothing other than that musty farminess really.

Palate: What a difference from the nose; it's immediately very fruity with big suggestions of raspberry and no suggestion of the mustiness or farminess of the nose. Next comes a very faint pepperiness across the palate and then it just morphs into a very surprising grappa-iness. Definitely a white wine grappa-iness.

Finish: Long with repeating suggestions of that grappa.

Overall Impression: This tasting note is my 1315th on the website and I've never experienced a whisky quite like this with a singularly musty & farmy nose then the palate explodes into peppery fruitiness with big hits of grappa-iness. Wow, I love it; Musty farmy grappa (-iness) from Scotland. I want more, a shame it was only produced for around 6-7 years.







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