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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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  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
This is the first expression from the new 'Scarabus' range by independent bottler Hunter Laing. Launched at the Fèis Ìle 2019 at their newly opened Ardnahoe distillery, Scarabus is a mystery malt wh...
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Scarabus
£34.95

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