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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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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 ...
Aerolite Lyndsay
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...
RMW Exclusive
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...
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...
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.
Independently bottled Caol Ila is alway a welcome sight to our shelves. This small batch of 5 casks from Islay's largest distillery has been bottled by Elixir Distillers for The Single Malts of Scotl...
A small batch release consisting of three casks of Caol Ila (2 sherry hogsheads and 1 bourbon hogshead). Limited to 1200 bottles and bottled at 50%, and although there is no age statement on the bottl...
Sherry Finish
The unchillfiltered release from Edradour have always been popular with our staff. This small batch release is made up from carefully selected casks that were distilled in 2010 before a 10 year matura...
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.
Refill Sherry
A single cask bottling from Morrison & Macakay's newly revamped 'Carn Mor Strictly Limited' range. Longmorn is well loved by whisky fans and its signature fruity style is a favourite among blenders. T...
A small batch bottling from James Eadie which follows their highly awarded 9 year old release from 2019. This vatting of two first fill bourbon has created a juicy, fruit filled dram that we think sur...
First Fill Bourbon

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