Long Live VAT 69
William Sanderson a liquor manufacturer born in Leith, Scotland, was the man behind VAT 69. This famous and popular brand was first made in 1882. At the age of 13, Sanderson worked for a wine producer as an apprentice. By 1863, he had established a business of his own. The company was called North British Distillery. In 1880, his son William Mark became a part of the business who persuaded Sanderson to bottle his own indigenous blends. Encouraged, Sanderson created 100 varied vats of whisky. He also hired a panel of expert tasters who could tell the difference between the blends and select the finest. They unanimously adjudged the batch from cask 69 as the best, which led to the name VAT 69. (However, this is not actually vatted malt.) Sanderson wanted to focus on a blend which would represent the Sanderson House.