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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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Previously bottled as a 'Mystery Cask' for our Blind Tasting Competition with Berry Bros and Rudd in 2019. This Caol Ila was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 10 years of age unchilfiltered with natura...
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Glenburgie is largely an overlooked Speyside single malt which receives very few official bottlings. For many years Gordon & Macphail were the only consistent bottlers of Glenburgie, so its nice ...
Refill Sherry
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Glenburgie
£61.95
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...
Bourbon
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A single cask of Edinburgh's single grain whisky North British bottled by the excellent folk from Bramble Bar. This was matured for over 4 years in a virgin oak cask meaning it resembles more Bourbon-...
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New American Oak
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A single cask release from Glasgow's North Star Spirits. This Caol Ila has been finished in a PX cask after previously being in a refill bourbon hogshead. We're such big fans of Caol Ila and its consi...
Sherry Finish
Caol Ila
£57.95
A batch bottling of 5 casks selected by whisky gent Oliver Chilton from 2010 and 2011 distillations from one of our very favourite distilleries.
Bourbon
A small batch of fine Glen Eglin whisky from three PX casks bottled by Morrison and Mackay in their Carn Mor range. Our most experienced staff member Alex - who will not want me to tell you how long h...
Pedro Ximenez
Glen Elgin
£57.95
An intriguing independent bottling from James Eadie. This Glen Spey was matured for 12 years with its final 22 months in a first fill Palo Cortado sherry hogshead. Palo Cortado casks are very unusual ...
Sherry Finish
Linkwood is typically known for its grassy, lighter character but it is always interesting to see different casks from independent bottlers. This single rejuvenated hogshead has been bottled in Alista...

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