Auchroisk 2009-2021 12 Year Old | Fable Chapter Nine: Storm | Cask 803672
Auchroisk 2009-2021 12 Year Old | Fable Chapter Nine: Storm | Cask 803672

Auchroisk 2009-2021 12 Year Old | Fable Chapter Nine: Storm | Cask 803672

£83.00 inc VAT.
£69.17 exc VAT.
Inchgower 2011-2021 10 Year Old | Fable Chapter Ten: Labyrinth | Cask 810272
Inchgower 2011-2021 10 Year Old | Fable Chapter Ten: Labyrinth | Cask 810272

Inchgower 2011-2021 10 Year Old | Fable Chapter Ten: Labyrinth | Cask 810272

£78.00 inc VAT.
£65.00 exc VAT.
Glen Spey 2010-2021 11 Year Old | Fable Chapter Eleven: Ghost | Cask 801444
Glen Spey 2010-2021 11 Year Old | Fable Chapter Eleven: Ghost | Cask 801444

Glen Spey 2010-2021 11 Year Old | Fable Chapter Eleven: Ghost | Cask 801444

£83.00 inc VAT.
£69.17 exc VAT.
Whitlaw (Highland Park) 2014-2022 | 7 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited
Whitlaw (Highland Park) 2014-2022 | 7 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Whitlaw (Highland Park) 2014-2022 | 7 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

£55.00 inc VAT.
£45.83 exc VAT.
Glen Keith 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited
Glen Keith 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Glen Keith 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

£52.00 inc VAT.
£43.33 exc VAT.
Glenburgie 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited
Glenburgie 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Glenburgie 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

£55.00 inc VAT.
£45.83 exc VAT.
South Star Islay 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old
South Star Islay 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old

South Star Islay 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old

£47.00 inc VAT.
£39.17 exc VAT.
South Star Highland 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old
South Star Highland 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old

South Star Highland 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old

£47.00 inc VAT.
£39.17 exc VAT.
South Star Speyside 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old
South Star Speyside 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old

South Star Speyside 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old

£47.00 inc VAT.
£39.17 exc VAT.
Linkwood 1939 Gordon & MacPhail
Linkwood 1939 Gordon & MacPhail

Linkwood 1939 Gordon & MacPhail

£3,500.00 inc VAT.
£2,916.67 exc VAT.
Crabbie 1999 22 Year Old Orkney Single Malt | Palo Cortado Finish
Crabbie 1999 22 Year Old Orkney Single Malt | Palo Cortado Finish

Crabbie 1999 22 Year Old Orkney Single Malt | Palo Cortado Finish

£175.00 inc VAT.
£145.83 exc VAT.
Glengoyne 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15426
Glengoyne 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15426

Glengoyne 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15426

£49.00 inc VAT.
£40.83 exc VAT.
Glen Garioch 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15444
Glen Garioch 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15444

Glen Garioch 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15444

£46.00 inc VAT.
£38.33 exc VAT.
Arran 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15394
Arran 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15394

Arran 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Cask DL15394

£44.00 inc VAT.
£36.67 exc VAT.
Talisker 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15435
Talisker 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15435

Talisker 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15435

£139.00 inc VAT.
£115.83 exc VAT.
Glengoyne 2008-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15409
Glengoyne 2008-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15409

Glengoyne 2008-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15409

£68.00 inc VAT.
£56.67 exc VAT.
Braeval 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15378
Braeval 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15378

Braeval 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old | Old Particular DL15378

£67.00 inc VAT.
£55.83 exc VAT.
Dalmore 1994-2005 | 10 Year Old | Chieftain's Casks 90431/90434
Dalmore 1994-2005 | 10 Year Old | Chieftain's Casks 90431/90434

Dalmore 1994-2005 | 10 Year Old | Chieftain's Casks 90431/90434

£100.00 inc VAT.
£83.33 exc VAT.
Compass Box Peat Monster Whisky Glass Gift Pack
Compass Box Peat Monster Whisky Glass Gift Pack
Compass Box Peat Monster Whisky Glass Gift Pack
Compass Box Peat Monster Whisky Glass Gift Pack

Compass Box Peat Monster Whisky Glass Gift Pack

£61.00 inc VAT.
£50.83 exc VAT.
Ardmore 1981-1994 Gordon & MacPhail
Ardmore 1981-1994 Gordon & MacPhail

Ardmore 1981-1994 Gordon & MacPhail

£150.00 inc VAT.
£125.00 exc VAT.
Port Ellen 1983 14 Year Old | Hart Brothers Finest Collection
Port Ellen 1983 14 Year Old | Hart Brothers Finest Collection

Port Ellen 1983 14 Year Old | Hart Brothers Finest Collection

£750.00 inc VAT.
£625.00 exc VAT.
Convalmore 1981-1998 Connoisseurs Choice
Convalmore 1981-1998 Connoisseurs Choice

Convalmore 1981-1998 Connoisseurs Choice

£450.00 inc VAT.
£375.00 exc VAT.
Glentauchers 2007-2021 Distillery Labels
Glentauchers 2007-2021 Distillery Labels

Glentauchers 2007-2021 Distillery Labels

£62.00 inc VAT.
£51.67 exc VAT.
Glen Keith 1993-2021 | 28 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive
Glen Keith 1993-2021 | 28 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive

Glen Keith 1993-2021 | 28 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive

£245.00 inc VAT.
£204.17 exc VAT.
Glen Keith 1999-2021 | 22 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive
Glen Keith 1999-2021 | 22 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive

Glen Keith 1999-2021 | 22 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive

£150.00 inc VAT.
£125.00 exc VAT.
Auchroisk 2006-2021 | 15 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive
Auchroisk 2006-2021 | 15 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive

Auchroisk 2006-2021 | 15 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength | UK Exclusive

£85.00 inc VAT.
£70.83 exc VAT.
Little Brown Dog Maple Syrup Cask Gin
Little Brown Dog Maple Syrup Cask Gin

Little Brown Dog Maple Syrup Cask Gin

£40.00 inc VAT.
£33.33 exc VAT.
Millburn 1971-1991 Connoisseurs Choice
Millburn 1971-1991 Connoisseurs Choice

Millburn 1971-1991 Connoisseurs Choice

£500.00 inc VAT.
£416.67 exc VAT.
Glen Moray 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited
Glen Moray 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Glen Moray 2013-2021 | 8 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

£55.00 inc VAT.
£45.83 exc VAT.
Fettercairn 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited
Fettercairn 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Fettercairn 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

£52.00 inc VAT.
£43.33 exc VAT.
Glen Elgin 2014-2021 7 Year Old | Fable Chapter Seven: Piper | Cask 800406
Glen Elgin 2014-2021 7 Year Old | Fable Chapter Seven: Piper | Cask 800406

Glen Elgin 2014-2021 7 Year Old | Fable Chapter Seven: Piper | Cask 800406

£69.00 inc VAT.
£57.50 exc VAT.
Benriach 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old Infrequent Flyers
Benriach 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old Infrequent Flyers

Benriach 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old Infrequent Flyers

£65.00 inc VAT.
£54.17 exc VAT.
Auchroisk 2006-2021 | 15 Year Old Infrequent Flyers
Auchroisk 2006-2021 | 15 Year Old Infrequent Flyers

Auchroisk 2006-2021 | 15 Year Old Infrequent Flyers

£88.00 inc VAT.
£73.33 exc VAT.
Berry Bros & Rudd Classic Peated Cask Matured
Berry Bros & Rudd Classic Peated Cask Matured

Berry Bros & Rudd Classic Peated Cask Matured

£34.00 inc VAT.
£28.33 exc VAT.
Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old Blended Malt
Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old Blended Malt

Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old Blended Malt

£41.00 inc VAT.
£34.17 exc VAT.
Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt
Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt

Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt

£32.00 inc VAT.
£26.67 exc VAT.
Port Ellen 1982-2002 | 19 Year Old Provenance Cask 2733
Port Ellen 1982-2002 | 19 Year Old Provenance Cask 2733

Port Ellen 1982-2002 | 19 Year Old Provenance Cask 2733

£750.00 inc VAT.
£625.00 exc VAT.
Glenburgie 1980-2017 | 36 Year Old | Old & Rare Platinum Selection
Glenburgie 1980-2017 | 36 Year Old | Old & Rare Platinum Selection

Glenburgie 1980-2017 | 36 Year Old | Old & Rare Platinum Selection

£795.00 inc VAT.
£662.50 exc VAT.
Nicaraguan 9 Year Old Rum | Cadenhead's Green Label
Nicaraguan 9 Year Old Rum | Cadenhead's Green Label

Nicaraguan 9 Year Old Rum | Cadenhead's Green Label

£75.00 inc VAT.
£62.50 exc VAT.
Secret Orkney (Skara Brae) 2005-2021 | 16 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 22
Secret Orkney (Skara Brae) 2005-2021 | 16 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 22

Secret Orkney (Skara Brae) 2005-2021 | 16 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 22

£91.00 inc VAT.
£75.83 exc VAT.
Ruadh Maor (Glenturret) 2010-2021 | 10 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 177
Ruadh Maor (Glenturret) 2010-2021 | 10 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 177

Ruadh Maor (Glenturret) 2010-2021 | 10 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 177

£79.00 inc VAT.
£65.83 exc VAT.
Secret Islay (Laggan Mill) Cooper's Choice Cask 3353 | Port Finish 2021
Secret Islay (Laggan Mill) Cooper's Choice Cask 3353 | Port Finish 2021

Secret Islay (Laggan Mill) Cooper's Choice Cask 3353 | Port Finish 2021

£54.00 inc VAT.
£45.00 exc VAT.
Inchgower 2010-2021 | 11 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 801364
Inchgower 2010-2021 | 11 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 801364

Inchgower 2010-2021 | 11 Year Old Cooper's Choice Cask 801364

£76.00 inc VAT.
£63.33 exc VAT.
Glenglassaugh 1986-2009 MacPhail's Collection
Glenglassaugh 1986-2009 MacPhail's Collection

Glenglassaugh 1986-2009 MacPhail's Collection

£240.00 inc VAT.
£200.00 exc VAT.
Glentauchers 1997-2019 | 21 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 4150 + 4154
Glentauchers 1997-2019 | 21 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 4150 + 4154

Glentauchers 1997-2019 | 21 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 4150 + 4154

£137.00 inc VAT.
£114.17 exc VAT.
Glen Keith 1997-2021 | 23 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 72593 + 72594
Glen Keith 1997-2021 | 23 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 72593 + 72594

Glen Keith 1997-2021 | 23 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 72593 + 72594

£140.00 inc VAT.
£116.67 exc VAT.
Glen Grant 1995-2021 | 25 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 88181 + 88182
Glen Grant 1995-2021 | 25 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 88181 + 88182

Glen Grant 1995-2021 | 25 Year Old Signatory Vintage Casks 88181 + 88182

£148.00 inc VAT.
£123.33 exc VAT.
Braeval 2000-2021 | 21 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 6392
Braeval 2000-2021 | 21 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 6392

Braeval 2000-2021 | 21 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 6392

£192.00 inc VAT.
£160.00 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.