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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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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
IN STOCK
A single cask Croftengea, the elusive peated spirit made at Loch Lomond distillery which is rarely bottled as a single malt. This hogshead was matured for 13 years and produced a total of only 329 bot...
Glen Spey is one of the many workhorse distilleries found around Speyside that you tend to only find bottled by companies such as Infrequent Flyers. This single cask release of only 613 bottles has be...
Pedro Ximenez
A single cask run of 333 bottles at the impressive cask strength of 60.4%
Glenallachie
£76.50
On the slightly peatier side of the Orkney spectrum. This 13 year old whisky was re-racked into Sherry butts for its final two years maturation. Bottled by the increasingly popular North Star.
Sherry Finish
Orkney
£46.95

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