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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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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 ...
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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