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Independent Bottler Picks

Independent bottlers are arguably the most traditional bottlers of Scotch whisky. Harking back to the days when whisky was sold to grocers and merchants before distilleries bottled their own stocks, these companies were distinctly separate entities that acquired stocks of whisky in casks to then be bottled and sold on. Some of these independents have been bottling for decades like Adelphi, or for over a century such as Berry Bros & Rudd.

Each company will have its own bottling policies, whether bottling only single casks, small batches or their own blended whiskies. There are even some companies such as Gordon & Macphail who fill their own casks with new make spirit directly from the distillery meaning they can create a regularly bottled product.

The offerings from independent bottlers can be impressively varied and show a unique side to a distillery's product compared to an official release. There are also opportunities to try product from distilleries that have never been officially released.

Below are some of our favourite recent independent bottlings, ranging from easy drinking everyday drams to truly historic releases.

 

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It has become a truly rare sight to see independently bottled Ardbegs nowadays. This bottling by Ian Macleod for their Chieftain's range has been sourced from two barrels and has been presented unchil ...
IN STOCK
Ardbeg
£399.95
Ardmore produces a lightly peated whisky and was one of the last ones in Scotland to move away from direct coal-firing their stills.
IN STOCK
A single cask bottling of Ben Nevis selected by whisky legend Dave Broom to celebrate the release of The Amber Light, a fantastic new film which explores the culture of Scotch whisky and its relations ...
RMW Exclusive
STAFF PICK
IN STOCK
Ben Nevis
£164.95
The mixture of sweet peat and big rich Sherry characteristics has us quietly confident we've guessed which Orkney distillery Berry Brothers and Rudd have procured this cask from.
IN STOCK
Berry Brothers and Rudd
£78.95
  Mystery Malt results are here In May 2019, Royal Mile Whiskies and Berry Bros & Rudd collaborated to launch a fun blind tasting competition where drinkers could be in with the chance to win ...
RMW Exclusive
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IN STOCK
Berry Brothers and Rudd
£54.95
A small batch Blair Athol from indie bottlers James Eadie. Three hogsheads have been vatted (a mixture of first fill bourbon and refill hogsheads) to produce 1084 bottles.
IN STOCK
Braes of Glenlivet was established by Chivas Brothers in 1973, but in 1994 it changed its name to Braeval to avoid confusion with Glenlivet.
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IN STOCK
Braes of Glenlivet
£158.95
Unlike many independent bottlers Gordon and MacPhail don't just buy casks of already mature whisky.
IN STOCK
Bunnahabhain
£49.95
A 31 year old Bunnahabhain bottled by Wemyss Malts and 'punningly' named 'Raisin D'etre'.
IN STOCK
Bunnahabhain
£249.95
Burn Taobh (pronounced bern toov) translates from Gaelic as 'the side of the burn' which suggests this is a 26 year old famous Dufftown single malt 'teaspooned' by its also famous sibling distillery.
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Burn Taobh
£102.95
Cambus was famously used by DCL in the early 1900s to fight the case for grain whisky's legitimacy.
IN STOCK
A single cask release from Glasgow's North Star Spirits. This Caol Ila has been finished in a PX cask after previously being in a refill bourbon hogshead.
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IN STOCK
Caol Ila
£57.95
Previously bottled as a 'Mystery Cask' for our Blind Tasting Competition with Berry Bros and Rudd in 2019.
RMW Exclusive
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First distilled in 2010, this limited release Caol Ila has been matured and bottled by the whisky brains at Signatory Vintage.
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Caol Ila
£44.95
A stunning grain whisky from Alloa's Carsebridge distillery matured for 46 years in a sherry butt.
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IN STOCK
Carsebridge
£210.00
Alistair Walker's new Infrequent Flyers range refers to whiskies that are lesser-known single malts and Croftengea certainly fits this description well.
IN STOCK
A single cask Croftengea, the elusive peated spirit made at Loch Lomond distillery which is rarely bottled as a single malt.
IN STOCK
This is an excellent single cask of pot distilled rum from the Diamond Distillery in Guyana.
RMW Exclusive
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IN STOCK
A single cask bottled by Adelphi of a blended malt sourced from distilleries located in Dufftown.
IN STOCK
Distilled in Dufftown
£137.95
A 24 year old Glen Keith bottled by Gordon & Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.
IN STOCK
A single cask of peated Glenglassaugh from our good friends at the fantastic Bramble Bar in Edinburgh.
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A single re-charred hogshead bottled by James Eadie from Glenlossie distillery. A rarely seen single malt mostly preserved for Diageo's blended products, its elegant, oily character is influenced by t ...
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A single cask of Glenrothes bottled to commemorate whisky vlogger Ralfy's 10th anniversary.
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We're still lamenting Imperial's demise, it was one of our favourite distilleries and we're overjoyed to be able to add any more bottlings to our shelves as stocks begin to thin out.
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A single cask Linkwood from the Thompson Bros, bottled from a refill hogshead after 12 years.
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LInkwood
£65.00
A single cask bottling from Morrison & Macakay's newly revamped 'Carn Mor Strictly Limited' range.
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Longmorn
£48.95
A new release from Gordon & Macphail's classic Speymalt range with all whisky distilled at Macallan in 2005 and then bottled in 2019.
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Macallan
£79.95
A single cask Miltonduff bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 2007 and matured for 11 years until 2019 with 214 bottles were produced.
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Miltonduff
£76.95
A sister cask to last year's heavily praised #4466 which finished in the Top Five at Whisky Fringe 2018 and was also awarded as Dave Broom's favourite whisky from 2018.
STAFF PICK
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Mortlach
£234.95
A single cask of Edinburgh's single grain whisky North British bottled by the excellent folk from Bramble Bar.
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These intriguing releases from Old Perth are gathering a cult following. This 1994 vintage has been fully matured in a first fill sherry butt, and we felt it had a very 'old fashioned' feel about it, ...
IN STOCK
Old Perth
£149.95
This is the first expression from the new 'Scarabus' range by independent bottler Hunter Laing.
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Scarabus
£34.95
Teaninich is very popular malt whisky for blenders, mainly because it is one of the very few distilleries that use mash filter rather than mash tun to extract the worts.
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Teaninich
£64.95
A single cask bottling from Elixir Distillers. This Ben Nevis was distilled in November 1996, matured for 22 years in a sherry butt before bottling in July 2019.
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25 years in a refill sherry cask gives this Bowmore lovely rich notes to match the excellent smoke.
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