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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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Cambus was famously used by DCL in the early 1900s to fight the case for grain whisky's legitimacy. This whisky was distilled in 1993; Cambus' final year of production and was bottled from a single sh...
A single cask bottling of Macallan whisky by Gleann Mor Spirits presented in their Rare Find series. This was distilled in 1993 and matured in a refill sherry cask for 26 years until 2019 when it was ...
Refill Sherry
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
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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