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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 ...
Sherry
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Ben Nevis
£39.95
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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Alistair Walker's new Infrequent Flyers range refers to whiskies that are lesser-known single malts and Croftengea certainly fits this description well. A heavily peated spirit made at Loch Lomond dis...
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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
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Gleann Mor have bottled this Tullibardine after 25 years of ageing from a single refill bourbon cask. With notes of salted caramel, almonds, vanilla pods and pine nuts, this quarter century old whisky...
Refill Bourbon
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Tullibardine
£109.95
Ardmore produces a lightly peated whisky and was one of the last ones in Scotland to move away from direct coal-firing their stills. This single cask release by Berry Brothers and Rudd was distilled i...
There has been a fantastic run of Ben Nevis single casks recently from 1996 so we're glad to see another, this time bottled by Elixir Distillers. The whisky was distilled in November 1996 and bottled ...
A single cask of Ben Nevis whisky bottled by the Thompson Bros. This refill bourbon hogshead was matured for 7 years and produced 382 bottles only.
Refill Bourbon
Ben Nevis
£39.95
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 ...
Sherry
Blair Athol
£41.95
A small batch Blair Athol from indie bottlers James Eadie. Three hogsheads have been vatted (a mixture of first fill bourbon and refill hogsheads) to produce 1084 bottles.
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 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...
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 single cask whisky distilled in Sutherland in 2000 and matured for 19 years before bottling. The Thompson Bros have some excellent cask selections and while this is a mystery malt, discerning whisky...
Distilled in Sutherland
£109.95
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 unchillfiltered release from Edradour have always been popular with our staff. This small batch release is made up from carefully selected casks that were distilled in 2010 before a 10 year matura...
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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Bourbon
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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Bourbon
An unusual single cask of Loch Lomond grain whisky bottled by Murray McDavid. After twenty years in ex-bourbon hogsheads, this single grain whisky was finished for two years in a fresh ex-Armagnac bar...
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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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