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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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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. Bottled by Atom Brands, this is the first in a series ...
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Aerolite Lyndsay
£44.95
Releases of Allt-a-Bhainne are something of a rarity so this bottling by Infrequent Flyers is a welcome sight. This whisky was matured in a refill puncheon and limited to 643 bottles
Refill Sherry
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Allt-a-Bhainne
£74.95
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...
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Ardbeg
£399.95
This Ben Nevis has been bottled from two sherry hogsheads, both filled in 2015. A unique chance to try a younger offering from this Highland distillery which has recently seen a fair bit of attention ...
Sherry
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Ben Nevis
£39.95
A single cask of Bowmore bottled in Alistair Walker's Infrequent Flyers series. Alistair was done a great job finding this one, as late Nineties Bowmore is hard to come by. Only 314 bottles were produ...
Pedro Ximenez
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Independently bottled single malt from a mysterious Speyside distillery, so mysterious that even the folks at Adelphi weren't told where the original source was when they bought it. It's a cracking se...
Refill Sherry
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Breath of Speyside
£72.95
A single cask of whisky independently bottled from a mysterious Speyside distillery. We have no idea where it is from but we trust the folks at Adelphi so this bottle is sure to be a tasty dram.
Refill Sherry
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Breath of Speyside
£69.95
Bottled from whisky distilled between 2001 and 2003, this Bowmore has been maturing in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry butts for at least 16 years. Alongside the classic coastal prof...
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Bw8
£139.95
This bottling is a vatting of 3 sherry casks, and limited to 1324 bottles. Released in June 2020.
Sherry
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Caol Ila
£42.95
Previously bottled as a 'Mystery Cask' for our Blind Tasting Competition with Berry Bros and Rudd in 2019. This Caol Ila was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 10 years of age unchilfiltered with natura...
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Clynelish is famed for its mysteriously waxy quality, so this title from Wemyss really whetted our appetite. Arthur was the only one lucky enough to try it and was starry eyed. 'You want typicity in a...
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Bourbon
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Clynelish
£204.95
From a single hogshead, a 24 year old bottling of single malt from the Sutherland legend.
Bourbon
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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 bottled by Adelphi of a blended malt sourced from distilleries located in Dufftown. Bottled at cask strength and unchilfiltered with only 238 available.
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Distilled in Dufftown
£137.95
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 three d...
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First Fill Bourbon
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Glen Elgin
£64.95
With the owners of this distillery not releasing a core expression in the UK, this is a perfect example of the valuable service Indy bottlers provide to malt fans. Bottled in February 2020 from hogshe...
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Bourbon
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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. Palo Cortado casks are very unusual ...
Sherry Finish
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A small batch release from Gordon & Macphail's esteemed Connoisseurs Choice collection. This Glenburgie was distilled on Monday 10th May 2004 and bottled on Thursday 15th November 2018 spending a ...
First Fill Bourbon
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Glenburgie is largely an overlooked Speyside single malt which receives very few official bottlings. For many years Gordon & Macphail were the only consistent bottlers of Glenburgie, so its nice ...
Refill Sherry
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Glenburgie
£61.95
A single cask of peated Glenglassaugh from our good friends at the fantastic Bramble Bar in Edinburgh. This is a first-fill sherry cask filled in December 2011 and matured for over 6 years until bottl...
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One of the best known distilleries in the world bottled by one of the very best independent bottlers to mark their 30th Anniversary. Finished in a sherry cask, and limited to 394 bottles.
Sherry Finish
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Glenlivet
£1,275.00
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. We don't kno...
Sherry Finish
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Islay
£99.95
An interesting spin on maturation here from Càrn Mòr, who have taken the high quality single malt and matured it in a mix of first-fill bourbon and rye barrels. Rye tends to have a fruity-spicy char...
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Linkwood
£47.95
This is a single cask bottling of Scotland's oldest licensed distillery, Littlemill, which closed in 1994 before being destroyed by fire in 2004. This release has been bottled by Ian Macleod for their...
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Littlemill
£495.00
This is an old-world sweets shop in a bottle. Created from 1994 vintage liquid by Douglas Laing, this Old Particular release of Longmorn is a gem of candied fruits, sugared nuts and a touch of chocola...
Bourbon
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Longmorn
£314.95
A single cask bottling of Macallan whisky by Gleann Mor Spirits presented in their Rare Find series. This was distilled in 1993 and matured in a refill sherry cask for 26 years until 2019 when it was ...
Refill Sherry
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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. We rarely get Speymalt releases anymore so this one might be aroun...
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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. This single cask bottling has been bottled by Alistair Walker Whi...
Bourbon
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There have been some very tasty bottlings released recently of this much underrated Speyside distillery. This single cask by Infrequent Flyers has been matured for 10 years in an ex-bourbon barrel yie...
Bourbon
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Sherry casks and Mortlach spirit are one of the best fits when it comes to a distillery character and maturation style. This 15 year old release from Gordon and MacPhail has become a cult classic in w...
Sherry
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A single cask of Edinburgh's single grain whisky North British bottled by the excellent folk from Bramble Bar. This was matured for over 4 years in a virgin oak cask meaning it resembles more Bourbon-...
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New American Oak
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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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Sherry
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Old Perth
£149.95
Distilled in the last year this iconic distillery was in operation, and bottled in 2006 as part of Ian Macleods Dun Bheagan range. This Port Ellen is matured in an ex sherry butt (refill judging by th...
Bourbon
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Port Ellen
£895.00
A blended malt of whiskies from Speyside bottled by Gleann Mor in their Rare Find series. The youngest component here was distilled in 1978 and all were matured until 2018. A sherried dram of this age...
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Gordon and MacPhail have matured this 2006 vintage Strathisla in refill sherry butts. Strathisla is known as a light yet spicy whisky, and this release really does show off some of the best the spirit...
Sherry
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Strathisla
£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. This single cask release by Berry Brothers and Rudd was distilled i...
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. The whisky was distilled in November 1996 and bottled ...
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.
Refill Bourbon
Ben Nevis
£39.95
  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 w...
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Berry Brothers and Rudd
£54.95
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. As there are only two...
Sherry
Berry Brothers and Rudd
£78.95
This big and bold whisky was re-racked in a sherry butt for 19 months making it even bigger and bolder. Released by ever-impressive bottlers North Star this is sure to be a tasty one. Limited to only ...
Sherry
Blair Athol
£41.95
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.
Braes of Glenlivet was established by Chivas Brothers in 1973, but in 1994 it changed its name to Braeval to avoid confusion with Glenlivet. This whisky from Berry Brothers and Rudd might be one of th...
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First Fill Bourbon
Braes of Glenlivet
£158.95
A 31 year old Bunnahabhain bottled by Wemyss Malts and 'punningly' named 'Raisin D'etre'. This single sherry butt produced 568 bottles and was bottled at natural cask strength of 44.7%.
Sherry
Bunnahabhain
£249.95
Unlike many independent bottlers Gordon and MacPhail don't just buy casks of already mature whisky. Instead, because of their years of experience and knowledge, distilleries allow them to buy spirit s...
Sherry
Bunnahabhain
£49.95
Cambus was famously used by DCL in the early 1900s to fight the case for grain whisky's legitimacy. This whisky was distilled in 1993; Cambus' final year of production and was bottled from a single sh...
Sherry
A 9 year old Caol Ila bottled from a single refill sherry butt (316659) in February 2020 by the Pitlochry based Signatory Vintage.An impressive 673 bottles came from this single cask. A totally natura...
Refill Sherry
Caol Ila
£99.95
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. We're such big fans of Caol Ila and its consi...
Sherry Finish
Caol Ila
£57.95
After success of previous releases by James Eadie we are very excited to try another Caol Ila. This release is 9 years old and bottled from a small batch of 3 refill bourbon hogsheads. Caol Ila is on...
Bourbon
A single cask bottling of Caol Ila by Morrison & Mackay from their Carn Mor range. This Islay whisky has been matured in a single hogshead for 9 years. Only 411 bottles were produced.
Caol Ila
£42.95
First distilled in 2011, this limited release Caol Ila has been matured and bottled by the whisky brains at Signatory Vintage. Caol Ila is a whisky which has lots of character even at an early age. We...
Caol Ila
£44.95

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