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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Edradour 2013-2024 | 10 Year Old Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Collection Small Batch

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Caol Ila 2009-2023 | 14 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 322862

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

North British 1991-2023 | 31 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 272163

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Linkwood 2012-2023 | 11 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 306252

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Linkwood 1997-2023 | 26 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 7585

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Islay (LA) 1992-2024 | 31 Year Old Signatory Vintage Symington's Choice Single Cask 6778

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Islay (LA) 1992-2024 | 31 Year Old Signatory Vintage Symington's Choice Single Cask 6776

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Old School Malt 31 Year Old Batch 1 Bottled 2024

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Secret Orkney 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Collection Small Batch

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Craigellachie 2013-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 302040

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Diamond 2013-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 71

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Glenlossie 2013-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Casks 6136-6138

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Knockdhu 2012-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 7127

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

High Coast 2012-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 4333

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Ardmore 2009-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 709317

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Craigellachie 2012-2024 | 11 Year Old Signatory Vintage Small Batch Edition 5

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Mortlach 2014-2024 | 10 Year Old Signatory Vintage Small Batch Edition 6

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Glenrothes 2015-2024 | 9 Year Old Signatory Vintage 100 Proof Edition 6

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Tormore 1990-2023 | 33 Year Old Brave New Spirits Cask Masters Single Cask 1989

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Glenrothes 1992-2023 | 31 Year Old Brave New Spirits Cask Masters Single Cask 6048

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Ardmore 2005-2022 | 16 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 900124

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Invergordon 1997-2022 | 25 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 300718

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Ruadh Maor (Glenturret) 2011-2022 | 11 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 3

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

North British 2009-2022 | 13 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 316281

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Cameronbridge 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 330828

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Blair Athol 2011-2022 | 11 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 302135

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Teaninich 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 715023

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Blair Athol 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 308039

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Independent 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. 

Independent Bottlers