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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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Previously bottled as a 'Mystery Cask' for our Blind Tasting Competition with Berry Bros and Rudd in 2019.
RMW Exclusive
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This is an excellent single cask of pot distilled rum from the Diamond Distillery in Guyana.
RMW Exclusive
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The first ever bottling selected by attendees of our Whisky Fringe event! Over 1,500 people attended the festival in August 2019 and all tasters visiting the Berry Bros & Rudd stand were given thr ...
RMW Exclusive
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Glen Elgin
£64.95
A mystery Islay single malt matured for 10 years in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels, ex-sherry quarter casks along with some 'mystery' casks.
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Aerolite Lyndsay
£44.95
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
There has been a fantastic run of Ben Nevis single casks recently from 1996 so we're glad to see another, this time bottled by Elixir Distillers.
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  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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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.
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Unlike many independent bottlers Gordon and MacPhail don't just buy casks of already mature whisky.
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Bunnahabhain
£49.95
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
Convalmore was mostly reserved for blended whiskies during its lifetime, but luckily official and independent bottlings have shone a light on the distillery's style which is described as waxy and very ...
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A single cask Croftengea, the elusive peated spirit made at Loch Lomond distillery which is rarely bottled as a single malt.
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A single cask bottled by Adelphi of a blended malt sourced from distilleries located in Dufftown.
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Distilled in Dufftown
£137.95
An intriguing independent bottling from James Eadie. This Glen Spey was matured for 12 years with its final 22 months in a first fill Palo Cortado sherry hogshead.
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A single cask of peated Glenglassaugh from our good friends at the fantastic Bramble Bar in Edinburgh.
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This unnamed Islay single malt was distilled in 2008 and bottled 11 years later after spending some time in a fresh American oak barrique and a finish in a 2nd fill Oloroso sherry octave.
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Islay
£99.95
This is a single cask bottling of Scotland's oldest licensed distillery, Littlemill, which closed in 1994 before being destroyed by fire in 2004.
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Littlemill
£495.00
An unusual single cask of Loch Lomond grain whisky bottled by Murray McDavid. After twenty years in ex-bourbon hogsheads, this single grain whisky was finished for two years in a fresh ex-Armagnac bar ...
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A single cask bottling of Macallan whisky by Gleann Mor Spirits presented in their Rare Find series.
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Macallan
£1,249.95
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
Macduff distillery is more commonly known as Glen Deveron and is only referred to by its name in independent bottles such as this one.
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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 small batch bottling from James Eadie which follows their highly awarded 9 year old release from 2019.
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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.
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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, ...
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Old Perth
£149.95
A blended malt of whiskies from Speyside bottled by Gleann Mor in their Rare Find series.
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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
Ardmore produces a lightly peated whisky and was one of the last ones in Scotland to move away from direct coal-firing their stills.
A single cask of Ben Nevis whisky bottled by the Thompson Bros. This refill bourbon hogshead was matured for 7 years and produced 382 bottles only.
Ben Nevis
£39.95
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.
Berry Brothers and Rudd
£78.95
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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Braes of Glenlivet
£158.95
A 31 year old Bunnahabhain bottled by Wemyss Malts and 'punningly' named 'Raisin D'etre'.
Bunnahabhain
£249.95
Cambus was famously used by DCL in the early 1900s to fight the case for grain whisky's legitimacy.
A single cask bottling of Caol Ila by Morrison & Mackay from their Carn Mor range.
Caol Ila
£42.95
After success of previous releases by James Eadie we are very excited to try another Caol Ila.
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.
Caol Ila
£57.95
Alistair Walker's new Infrequent Flyers range refers to whiskies that are lesser-known single malts and Croftengea certainly fits this description well.
A 30 year old single cask release from independent bottlers Murray McDavid. This blended whisky contains only three distilleries, all components were aged for at least 30 years with the youngest disti ...
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Cult of Islay
£155.95
A mysterious malt whisky bottled by Dornoch's Thompson Bros. This whisky was distilled in the Highlands, specifically in Sutherland which narrows down the options quite considerably.
Distilled in Sutherland
£64.95
A single cask whisky distilled in Sutherland in 2000 and matured for 19 years before bottling.
Distilled in Sutherland
£109.95
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 ...
A single cask of Glenrothes bottled to commemorate whisky vlogger Ralfy's 10th anniversary.
A single refill sherry cask of Glenrothes aged for 10 years and then bottled by Adelphi at a hefty 65.6% producing only 508 bottles.
Glenrothes
£74.95
A single cask of whisky from the demolished Imperial distillery in Speyside. This was distilled on 22nd August 1994 and was matured in a barrel for a quarter of a century before bottling in November 2 ...
The third batch of Adelphi's super sherried Laudale series. This time the distillery featured is Dailuaine, a robust Speysider primarily reserved for blends, and has been aged for 12 years in first fi ...
Laudale Batch 3
£52.95
Linkwood is typically known for its grassy, lighter character but it is always interesting to see different casks from independent bottlers.
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.
Longmorn
£48.95
Sherry casks and Mortlach spirit are one of the best fits when it comes to a distillery character and maturation style.
A small batch bottling of Mortlach matured in two sherry hogsheads for 12 years.
Mortlach
£68.95

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