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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 is an old-world sweets shop in a bottle. Created from 1994 vintage liquid by Douglas Laing, this Old Particular release of Longmorn is a gem of candied fruits, sugared nuts and a touch of chocola...
These intriguing releases from Old Perth are gathering a cult following. This 1994 vintage has been fully matured in a first fill sherry butt, and we felt it had a very 'old fashioned' feel about it, ...
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Old Perth
25 years in a refill sherry cask gives this Bowmore lovely rich notes to match the excellent smoke. The early to mid 90's Bowmores have built up a following with their fruitiness and complexity. It's ...
Braes of Glenlivet was established by Chivas Brothers in 1973, but in 1994 it changed its name to Braeval to avoid confusion with Glenlivet. This whisky from Berry Brothers and Rudd might be one of th...
First Fill Bourbon
Braes of Glenlivet
A single cask of whisky from the demolished Imperial distillery in Speyside. This was distilled on 22nd August 1994 and was matured in a barrel for a quarter of a century before bottling in November 2...
Refill Bourbon

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