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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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Braes of Glenlivet was established by Chivas Brothers in 1973, but in 1994 it changed its name to Braeval to avoid confusion with Glenlivet. This whisky from Berry Brothers and Rudd might be one of th...
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Braes of Glenlivet
£158.95
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...
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Glen Elgin
£64.95
A small batch release from Gordon & Macphail's esteemed Connoisseurs Choice collection. This Glenburgie was distilled on Monday 10th May 2004 and bottled on Thursday 15th November 2018 spending a ...
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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...
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