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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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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...
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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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
Has there ever been a Signatory bottling of Knockando? We can't think of one, which shows how little from this Diageo distillery leaks onto the Indy market. Bottled in February 2020 from hogsheads 304...
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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...
First Fill Sherry
Laudale Batch 3
£52.95
An interesting mix of smoke and sherry comes in this Signatory single cask release of Ledaig, the peated whisky from Tobermory distillery.
Sherry
Ledaig
£94.95
A single cask Linkwood from the Thompson Bros, bottled from a refill hogshead after 12 years. This is an excellent familiar style from Linkwood, expect herbal, grassy and floral characters among pastr...
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Refill Bourbon
LInkwood
£65.00
A single cask Miltonduff bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 2007 and matured for 11 years in a refill sherry cask until 2020. Only 189 bottles came from the cask.
Refill Sherry
Miltonduff
£76.95
A small batch bottling of Mortlach matured in two sherry hogsheads for 12 years. There are few partnerships that get whisky fans as excited as Mortlach and sherry casks so we're sure this won't last v...
Sherry
Mortlach
£68.95

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