William Sanderson wanted to focus on one blend that would epitomize the House of Sanderson and so in 1882 he set out to decide which of his blends this should be. Nearly a hundred of his blends were each stored in separate numbered casks; he then called together a number of skilled blenders and friends and invited them to sample each blend and to select the one which was in their opinion the ideal Scotch Whiskey blend. The choice was unanimous and the number of the cask or ‘vat’ was ’69’ and so
he named it there and then ‘Vat 69’. The distinctive logo of VAT 69 is a copy of the writing on the original cask. Vat 69 is most popular in India, South Africa, Uruguay and Argentina.