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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an independent whisky bottler?

Independent whisky bottlers buy whiskies from distilleries and bottle them themselves.

Independent bottlers experiment. They experiment with extended maturation periods. They experiment with different casks and finishes. They usually bottle at cask strength, avoid chill-filtration and artificial colouring. Independent whisky is the real deal

Independent whisky bottlers tend to bottle limited edition single casks. They will also make small-batch craft whisky.

They use their experience to bring out the flavour, enhance the character and create twists to traditional single malt scotch whisky.

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What is a single cask whisky?

Single malt must age in oak casks for at least of three years. Otherwise, it isn’t whisky.

But each cask of whisky is unique. Even if there were two casks from the same distillery, filled at the same time, in the same type and shape of cask, next to each other in the warehouse and aged for the same amount of time. They would be different.

A bottle of whisky from a distillery will be a combination of casks. That’s how they maintain their consistency. They mix different casks together to make sure the whisky they bottle all tastes the same.

A single cask whisky is unique. By their nature, single cask whiskies are always limited releases. When all the bottles from a single cask the cask are sold, no more of the same can ever be produced. That’s part of the fun

Most of the whisky on TopWhiskies is single cask. 

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What is Cask Strength whisky?

A cask strength whisky is bottled at the strength at which it’s drawn from the cask.

Distilleries add water to most whiskies to reduce the alcohol percentage before they bottle them. This helps them to keep the whiskies consistent.

With a cask strength whisky, they don’t add water and they don’t take anything away. It’s natural, straight from the cask.

One of the benefits of cask strength whisky is that you decide how you want it to taste. You can add a little water, a lot of water or no water at all. You get to decide how you want your whiskies to taste, making really great drams.

Most of the whisky on our site is cask strength.

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About Topwhiskies

We love drinking whisky. That’s why we started TopWhiskies. Single malt scotch whisky. Bourbon. Irish Whiskey. Whiskies from Japan, Australia, Sweden and Canada. We could keep going, but you get the idea.

TopWhiskies started on social media. We posted photos of whisky we liked, and we shared the stories behind the brands. As we connected with more people, they told us single malt whisky felt intimidating. So, our goal was to make whisky more accessible. We want everyone to love and appreciate whisky.

It wasn’t long before our followers started asking where they could buy the whiskies we shared. That’s why we launched our online whisky shop. TopWhiskies social media channels promote the whiskies we love. The shop is a way you can try them for yourself.

You can learn more about Evan and Ed, TopWhiskies' Founders, here.

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