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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 single cask of Bowmore, distilled in 1998 and bottled 21 years later in 2020 by Gleann Mor in their Rare Find series. After a finish in an Oloroso cask, Bowmore's medium peated Islay spirit has aged...
Sherry Finish
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Bowmore
£298.95
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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Bourbon
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Clynelish
£204.95
From a single hogshead, a 24 year old bottling of single malt from the Sutherland legend.
Bourbon
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A blended malt of whiskies from Speyside bottled by Gleann Mor in their Rare Find series. The youngest component here was distilled in 1978 and all were matured until 2018. A sherried dram of this age...
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Indie bottlings of Ardbeg have always been few and far between and even more so from Adelphi. This was distilled after Glenmorangie resurrected the distillery in 1997, it is said that during the dark ...
Ardbeg
£295.00
A single cask of Bowmore bottled in Alistair Walker's Infrequent Flyers series. Alistair was done a great job finding this one, as late Nineties Bowmore is hard to come by. Only 314 bottles were produ...
Pedro Ximenez
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 ...
Sherry
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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First Fill Bourbon
Braes of Glenlivet
£158.95
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%.
Sherry
Bunnahabhain
£249.95
A 30 year old single cask release from independent bottlers Murray McDavid. This blended whisky contains only three distilleries, all components were aged for at least 30 years with the youngest disti...
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Cult of Islay
£155.95
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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Sherry
Mortlach
£234.95
A single cask of Port Charlotte whisky (Bruichladdich's heavily peated spirit) bottled by Dornoch's Thompson Bros. This is certainly the oldest Port Charlotte we have stocked yet, aged for 17 years, t...
Port Charlotte
£179.95
A single cask whisky bottled by Dornoch's Thompson Bros. The origin of this whisky has been redacted, but it is safe to say that it is a very famous Speyside distillery close to Craigellachie bridge, ...
Refill Bourbon
Redacted Speyside
£229.95

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