Secret Guatemala Rum 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Dram Mor Single Cask #1727
Secret Guatemala Rum 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Dram Mor Single Cask #1727

Secret Guatemala Rum 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Dram Mor Single Cask #1727

£70.00 inc VAT.
£58.33 exc VAT.
Macduff 2012-2022 | 9 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 900047
Macduff 2012-2022 | 9 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 900047

Macduff 2012-2022 | 9 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 900047

£76.00 inc VAT.
£63.33 exc VAT.
Inchmurrin 2011-2022 | 11 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 2996
Inchmurrin 2011-2022 | 11 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 2996

Inchmurrin 2011-2022 | 11 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 2996

£71.00 inc VAT.
£59.17 exc VAT.
Ruadh Maor (Glenturret) 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 220
Ruadh Maor (Glenturret) 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 220

Ruadh Maor (Glenturret) 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 220

£80.00 inc VAT.
£66.67 exc VAT.
Secret Orkney 2008-2022 | 14 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 148
Secret Orkney 2008-2022 | 14 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 148

Secret Orkney 2008-2022 | 14 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 148

£89.00 inc VAT.
£74.17 exc VAT.
Dalmunach 2016-2022 | 6 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 646
Dalmunach 2016-2022 | 6 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 646

Dalmunach 2016-2022 | 6 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 646

£58.00 inc VAT.
£48.33 exc VAT.
Benrinnes 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 302360
Benrinnes 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 302360

Benrinnes 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 302360

£70.00 inc VAT.
£58.33 exc VAT.
Glentauchers 2008-2022 Distillery Labels
Glentauchers 2008-2022 Distillery Labels

Glentauchers 2008-2022 Distillery Labels

£68.00 inc VAT.
£56.67 exc VAT.
Croftengea 2007-2021 | 14 Year Old | Smoke & Glory Single Cask 197
Croftengea 2007-2021 | 14 Year Old | Smoke & Glory Single Cask 197

Croftengea 2007-2021 | 14 Year Old | Smoke & Glory Single Cask 197

£85.00 inc VAT.
£70.83 exc VAT.
Glentauchers 2014-2022 | 7 Year Old | The Falls Of Caledonia Single Cask 9900335
Glentauchers 2014-2022 | 7 Year Old | The Falls Of Caledonia Single Cask 9900335

Glentauchers 2014-2022 | 7 Year Old | The Falls Of Caledonia Single Cask 9900335

£63.00 inc VAT.
£52.50 exc VAT.
George Dickel 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old Stateside Single Cask 35
George Dickel 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old Stateside Single Cask 35

George Dickel 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old Stateside Single Cask 35

£94.00 inc VAT.
£78.33 exc VAT.
Travellers Liquors 2008-2021 | 13 Year Old Darkwood Single Cask Rum
Travellers Liquors 2008-2021 | 13 Year Old Darkwood Single Cask Rum

Travellers Liquors 2008-2021 | 13 Year Old Darkwood Single Cask Rum

£89.00 inc VAT.
£74.17 exc VAT.
Invergordon 1988-2022 | 34 Year Old Cooper's Choice Single Cask 8156
Invergordon 1988-2022 | 34 Year Old Cooper's Choice Single Cask 8156

Invergordon 1988-2022 | 34 Year Old Cooper's Choice Single Cask 8156

£145.00 inc VAT.
£120.83 exc VAT.
Caol Ila Bonfire & Blackberries 2022 | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 6677
Caol Ila Bonfire & Blackberries 2022 | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 6677

Caol Ila Bonfire & Blackberries 2022 | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 6677

£66.00 inc VAT.
£55.00 exc VAT.
Glenglassaugh 2014-2022 | 8 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 9665
Glenglassaugh 2014-2022 | 8 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 9665

Glenglassaugh 2014-2022 | 8 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 9665

£72.00 inc VAT.
£60.00 exc VAT.
Auchroisk 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 805483
Auchroisk 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 805483

Auchroisk 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 805483

£80.00 inc VAT.
£66.67 exc VAT.
Blair Athol 2009-2022 | 12 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 307298
Blair Athol 2009-2022 | 12 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 307298

Blair Athol 2009-2022 | 12 Year Old | Cooper's Choice Single Cask 307298

£77.00 inc VAT.
£64.17 exc VAT.
Speyside 1996-2022 | 25 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland Marriage
Speyside 1996-2022 | 25 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland Marriage

Speyside 1996-2022 | 25 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland Marriage

£202.00 inc VAT.
£168.33 exc VAT.
Ardmore 2009-2022 | 12 Year Old The Single Malts Of Scotland | Single Cask 708026
Ardmore 2009-2022 | 12 Year Old The Single Malts Of Scotland | Single Cask 708026

Ardmore 2009-2022 | 12 Year Old The Single Malts Of Scotland | Single Cask 708026

£71.00 inc VAT.
£59.17 exc VAT.
Linkwood 2010-2022 | 10 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland
Linkwood 2010-2022 | 10 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

Linkwood 2010-2022 | 10 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

£57.00 inc VAT.
£47.50 exc VAT.
An Orkney Distillery 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland
An Orkney Distillery 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

An Orkney Distillery 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

£65.00 inc VAT.
£54.17 exc VAT.
Glen Elgin 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland
Glen Elgin 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

Glen Elgin 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

£60.00 inc VAT.
£50.00 exc VAT.
A Highland Distillery (Ardlair) 2010-2022 | 11 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland
A Highland Distillery (Ardlair) 2010-2022 | 11 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

A Highland Distillery (Ardlair) 2010-2022 | 11 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

£59.00 inc VAT.
£49.17 exc VAT.
Elements Of Islay LG12
Elements Of Islay LG12

Elements Of Islay LG12

£136.00 inc VAT.
£113.33 exc VAT.
Elements Of Islay CL14
Elements Of Islay CL14

Elements Of Islay CL14

£58.00 inc VAT.
£48.33 exc VAT.
North British 2007-2022 | 14 Year Old Duncan Taylor Cask 59306970
North British 2007-2022 | 14 Year Old Duncan Taylor Cask 59306970

North British 2007-2022 | 14 Year Old Duncan Taylor Cask 59306970

£53.00 inc VAT.
£44.17 exc VAT.
Invergordon 1990-2022 | 32 Year Old Duncan Taylor Cask 520009
Invergordon 1990-2022 | 32 Year Old Duncan Taylor Cask 520009

Invergordon 1990-2022 | 32 Year Old Duncan Taylor Cask 520009

£187.00 inc VAT.
£155.83 exc VAT.
Compass Box Flaming Heart Batch 7
Compass Box Flaming Heart Batch 7

Compass Box Flaming Heart Batch 7

£130.00 inc VAT.
£108.33 exc VAT.
Ben Nevis 25 Year Old | That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 16
Ben Nevis 25 Year Old | That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 16

Ben Nevis 25 Year Old | That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 16

£260.00 inc VAT.
£216.67 exc VAT.
Aberlour 31 Year Old | That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 10
Aberlour 31 Year Old | That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 10

Aberlour 31 Year Old | That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 10

£380.00 inc VAT.
£316.67 exc VAT.
Caol Ila 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL16075
Caol Ila 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL16075

Caol Ila 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL16075

£55.00 inc VAT.
£45.83 exc VAT.
Craigellachie 2007-2022 | 15 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL15590
Craigellachie 2007-2022 | 15 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL15590

Craigellachie 2007-2022 | 15 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL15590

£99.00 inc VAT.
£82.50 exc VAT.
Dumbarton 2000-2021 | 20 Year Old Dram Mor Cask 211894
Dumbarton 2000-2021 | 20 Year Old Dram Mor Cask 211894

Dumbarton 2000-2021 | 20 Year Old Dram Mor Cask 211894

£90.00 inc VAT.
£75.00 exc VAT.
Blair Athol 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old Dram Mor Cask 300943
Blair Athol 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old Dram Mor Cask 300943

Blair Athol 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old Dram Mor Cask 300943

£71.00 inc VAT.
£59.17 exc VAT.
Craigellachie 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 300594
Craigellachie 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 300594

Craigellachie 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 300594

£53.00 inc VAT.
£44.17 exc VAT.
Jura 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15870
Jura 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15870

Jura 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15870

£48.00 inc VAT.
£40.00 exc VAT.
Glenallachie 14 Year Old Discovery Range
Glenallachie 14 Year Old Discovery Range

Glenallachie 14 Year Old Discovery Range

£47.00 inc VAT.
£39.17 exc VAT.
Port Askaig 8 Year Old | Gift Pack + 2 Glasses
Port Askaig 8 Year Old | Gift Pack + 2 Glasses
Port Askaig 8 Year Old | Gift Pack + 2 Glasses
Port Askaig 8 Year Old | Gift Pack + 2 Glasses

Port Askaig 8 Year Old | Gift Pack + 2 Glasses

£50.00 inc VAT.
£41.67 exc VAT.
Elements Of Islay Sherry Cask
Elements Of Islay Sherry Cask

Elements Of Islay Sherry Cask

£65.00 inc VAT.
£54.17 exc VAT.
Elements Of Islay Cask Edit
Elements Of Islay Cask Edit

Elements Of Islay Cask Edit

£45.00 inc VAT.
£37.50 exc VAT.
Elements Of Islay Bourbon Cask
Elements Of Islay Bourbon Cask

Elements Of Islay Bourbon Cask

£60.00 inc VAT.
£50.00 exc VAT.
Speyburn 1977-2021 | 44 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection
Speyburn 1977-2021 | 44 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

Speyburn 1977-2021 | 44 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

£2,155.00 inc VAT.
£1,795.83 exc VAT.
Glenlivet 1976-2021 | 45 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection
Glenlivet 1976-2021 | 45 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

Glenlivet 1976-2021 | 45 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

£2,300.00 inc VAT.
£1,916.67 exc VAT.
Glenlivet 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old | Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Cask 9044402
Glenlivet 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old | Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Cask 9044402

Glenlivet 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old | Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Cask 9044402

£2,080.00 inc VAT.
£1,733.33 exc VAT.
Glenlivet 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old | Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Cask 13553
Glenlivet 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old | Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Cask 13553

Glenlivet 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old | Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Cask 13553

£2,080.00 inc VAT.
£1,733.33 exc VAT.
Benrinnes 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection
Benrinnes 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

Benrinnes 1978-2021 | 43 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

£2,080.00 inc VAT.
£1,733.33 exc VAT.
Caledonian 1976-2021 | 45 Year Old XOP Cask DL15243
Caledonian 1976-2021 | 45 Year Old XOP Cask DL15243

Caledonian 1976-2021 | 45 Year Old XOP Cask DL15243

£407.00 inc VAT.
£339.17 exc VAT.
Tormore 1995-2020 | 25 Year Old XOP Cask DL14566
Tormore 1995-2020 | 25 Year Old XOP Cask DL14566

Tormore 1995-2020 | 25 Year Old XOP Cask DL14566

£277.00 inc VAT.
£230.83 exc VAT.

Independent Whisky Bottlers

Independent whisky bottlers have played a vital part in the history of whisky and were crucial to the development of single malt whisky as a category.  The early independent bottlers such as Cadenhead’s and Gordon & MacPhail were pioneers of taste, promoting single malt whisky at a time when blends accounted for a much greater percentage of the overall whisky market than they do today.

The selection skill and foresight of the early independent whisky companies - particularly the Italian bottlers such as Samaroli, Intertrade, Moon Import and Sestante, who also set the trend for bottling natural cask strength whiskies - put them so far ahead of the curve that even today the greatest ever bottlings from most distilleries have been from independent companies rather than official distillery bottlings.

It could also be argued that without independent bottlers many of Scotland’s distilleries might no longer exist as the interest in single malt whiskies they generated and the demand they created has sustained and given impetus to the whisky industry as a whole.

In the dark days of the late 1970s and 1980s the Scotch whisky industry suffered terrible consequences from the enormous surplus of single malt whisky resulting from wildly over-optimistic growth forecasts of the 1970s and the subsequent drop in demand as whisky fell out of fashion. When production was cut back to allow the existing stocks to be sold, dozens of distilleries were forced to close - most never to reopen.

During this crisis, the independent bottlers played a vital role in the survival of the scotch whisky industry, with independent blenders and bottlers like Douglas Laing, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Berry Bros & Rudd buying surplus stock from struggling companies and signing agreements for future supply.  

The ready availability of casks of unwanted whisky also led to a new generation of independent bottlers such as Signatory and Adelphi, who then continued selecting and bottling the best of these casks as single malt whiskies, fostering interest in obscure distilleries and cultivating the market for older single malts.

It was the runaway success of these older cask strength single malt whiskies from little-known distilleries that led to official bottlers getting on board with the creation of Diageo’s Rare Malts Selection in the mid 1990s. This series in turn spawned the annual Special Releases and fuelled the rapid growth of the prestige whisky phenomenon which has shaped the whisky market as we know it today, as well as leading to the revival of classic lost distilleries including Port Ellen, Rosebank and Brora.

Even if you’ve never bought a bottle of independently-bottled whisky, if you’re a whisky fan you have a lot to thank them for. We can’t know what the whisky world would look like if independent bottlers didn’t exist, but we can be sure that it wouldn't be as interesting as it is today.