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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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This Ben Nevis has been bottled from two sherry hogsheads, both filled in 2015. A unique chance to try a younger offering from this Highland distillery which has recently seen a fair bit of attention ...
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Ben Nevis
£39.95
A single sherry butt of Cambus grain whisky bottled by Morrison & Mackay in their Celebration of the Cask series. Cambus grain distillery has been closed now for almost 30 years, making casks like the...
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Cambus was famously used by DCL in the early 1900s to fight the case for grain whisky's legitimacy. This whisky was distilled in 1993; Cambus' final year of production and was bottled from a single sh...
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This bottling is a vatting of 3 sherry casks, and limited to 1324 bottles. Released in June 2020.
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Caol Ila
£42.95
A single cask of peated Glenglassaugh from our good friends at the fantastic Bramble Bar in Edinburgh. This is a first-fill sherry cask filled in December 2011 and matured for over 6 years until bottl...
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Sherry casks and Mortlach spirit are one of the best fits when it comes to a distillery character and maturation style. This 15 year old release from Gordon and MacPhail has become a cult classic in w...
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These intriguing releases from Old Perth are gathering a cult following. This 1994 vintage has been fully matured in a first fill sherry butt, and we felt it had a very 'old fashioned' feel about it, ...
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Old Perth
£149.95
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...
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Strathisla
£64.95
The mixture of sweet peat and big rich Sherry characteristics has us quietly confident we've guessed which Orkney distillery Berry Brothers and Rudd have procured this cask from. As there are only two...
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Berry Brothers and Rudd
£78.95
This big and bold whisky was re-racked in a sherry butt for 19 months making it even bigger and bolder. Released by ever-impressive bottlers North Star this is sure to be a tasty one. Limited to only ...
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Blair Athol
£41.95
25 years in a refill sherry cask gives this Bowmore lovely rich notes to match the excellent smoke. The early to mid 90's Bowmores have built up a following with their fruitiness and complexity. It's ...
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A 31 year old Bunnahabhain bottled by Wemyss Malts and 'punningly' named 'Raisin D'etre'. This single sherry butt produced 568 bottles and was bottled at natural cask strength of 44.7%.
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Bunnahabhain
£249.95
Unlike many independent bottlers Gordon and MacPhail don't just buy casks of already mature whisky. Instead, because of their years of experience and knowledge, distilleries allow them to buy spirit s...
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Bunnahabhain
£49.95
A single cask of Glenrothes bottled to commemorate whisky vlogger Ralfy's 10th anniversary. Bottlers North Star Spirits are donating a percentage of profits from this bottle to Macmillan Cancer Suppor...
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An interesting mix of smoke and sherry comes in this Signatory single cask release of Ledaig, the peated whisky from Tobermory distillery.
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Ledaig
£94.95
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...
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Mortlach
£68.95
A sister cask to last year's heavily praised #4466 which finished in the Top Five at Whisky Fringe 2018 and was also awarded as Dave Broom's favourite whisky from 2018. The third in a series of 1993s...
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Mortlach
£234.95

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