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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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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...
Bourbon
IN STOCK
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...
Sherry
IN STOCK
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...
Sherry
IN STOCK
Strathisla
£64.95
A single cask of whisky independently bottled from a mysterious Speyside distillery. We have no idea where it is from but we trust the folks at Adelphi so this bottle is sure to be a tasty dram.
Refill Sherry
Breath of Speyside
£69.95
Independently bottled Caol Ila is alway a welcome sight to our shelves. This small batch of 5 casks from Islay's largest distillery has been bottled by Elixir Distillers for The Single Malts of Scotl...
A single cask Croftengea, the elusive peated spirit made at Loch Lomond distillery which is rarely bottled as a single malt. This hogshead was matured for 13 years and produced a total of only 329 bot...
This is an excellent single cask of pot distilled rum from the Diamond Distillery in Guyana. We have selected this cask in collaboration with the good folks at Nauticus in Edinburgh and Dornoch's Thom...
RMW Exclusive
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Continuing with the catty theme of label art. the Distilled in Sutherland bottlings, from Dornoch's Thompson Bros, have a couple of good clues to suggest where this mystery highland malt comes from. T...
Distilled In Sutherland
£64.95
A mysterious malt whisky bottled by Dornoch's Thompson Bros. This whisky was distilled in the Highlands, specifically in Sutherland which narrows down the options quite considerably. Distilled in 2010...
Distilled in Sutherland
£64.95
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...
RMW Exclusive
First Fill Bourbon
Glen Elgin
£64.95
A single cask Linkwood from the Thompson Bros, bottled from a refill hogshead after 12 years. This is an excellent familiar style from Linkwood, expect herbal, grassy and floral characters among pastr...
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Refill Bourbon
LInkwood
£65.00
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...
Sherry
Mortlach
£68.95
Teaninich is very popular malt whisky for blenders, mainly because it is one of the very few distilleries that use mash filter rather than mash tun to extract the worts. This single cask release by in...
Teaninich
£64.95

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