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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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An independent bottling of Benrinnes from two sequential bourbon barrels, filled with spirit distilled on 19th June 2007 and bottled by Signatory Vintage 11 years later on the 7th February 2019. Benri...
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Benrinnes
£36.95
Clynelish is famed for its mysteriously waxy quality, so this title from Wemyss really whetted our appetite. Arthur was the only one lucky enough to try it and was starry eyed. 'You want typicity in a...
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Clynelish
£204.95
From a single hogshead, a 24 year old bottling of single malt from the Sutherland legend.
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This is an old-world sweets shop in a bottle. Created from 1994 vintage liquid by Douglas Laing, this Old Particular release of Longmorn is a gem of candied fruits, sugared nuts and a touch of chocola...
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Longmorn
£314.95
Macduff distillery is more commonly known as Glen Deveron and is only referred to by its name in independent bottles such as this one. This single cask bottling has been bottled by Alistair Walker Whi...
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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...
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Distilled in the last year this iconic distillery was in operation, and bottled in 2006 as part of Ian Macleods Dun Bheagan range. This Port Ellen is matured in an ex sherry butt (refill judging by th...
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Port Ellen
£895.00
After success of previous releases by James Eadie we are very excited to try another Caol Ila. This release is 9 years old and bottled from a small batch of 3 refill bourbon hogsheads. Caol Ila is on...
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A batch bottling of 5 casks selected by whisky gent Oliver Chilton from 2010 and 2011 distillations from one of our very favourite distilleries.
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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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Imperial is a firm staff favourite with many at RMW and in our opinion a criminally underrated lost distillery. The bourbon hogshead that this whisky was matured in for 30 years yielded only 55 bottle...
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Imperial
£314.95
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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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...
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Longmorn
£48.95

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