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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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An independent bottling of Benrinnes from two sequential bourbon barrels, filled with spirit distilled on 19th June 2007 and bottled by Signatory Vintage 11 years later on the 7th February 2019. Benri...
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
Indie bottlings of Ardbeg have always been few and far between and even more so from Adelphi. This was distilled after Glenmorangie resurrected the distillery in 1997, it is said that during the dark ...
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
Breath of Speyside
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
Breath of Speyside
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...
A small batch of fine Glen Eglin whisky from three PX casks bottled by Morrison and Mackay in their Carn Mor range. Our most experienced staff member Alex - who will not want me to tell you how long h...
Pedro Ximenez
Glen Elgin
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...
RMW Exclusive
First Fill Bourbon
Glen Elgin
A single cask of Glenrothes bottled to commemorate whisky vlogger Ralfy's 10th anniversary. Bottlers North Star Spirits are donating a percentage of profits from this bottle to Macmillan Cancer Suppor...
A single cask Miltonduff bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 2007 and matured for 11 years until 2019 with 214 bottles were produced.
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. This single cask release by in...

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