What is an independent whisky bottler?

Independent whisky bottlers buy casks of whisky from distilleries and bottle them under their own label. While they don't distill the whisky, they do manage the flavour of the whisky by depending how long to mature it for, and sometimes using cask finishes to add additional layers of flavour. 

What do independent whiskey bottlers do?

Independent whisky bottlers look for the best whiskies. They're looking for whiskies that either showcase the very best of a particular distillery, or that are unique examples of bold, different flavours. They carefully taste a range of single casks, before choosing only those that meet their high standards.

They can then choose to either bottle their chosen casks straightaway under their own independent labels. or, they can choose to further enhance the flavour of the whisky by ageing it in their warehouses for longer, or moving the whisky to another cask (known as re-racking) to add an additional layer of flavour.

Indy bottlers often, but not always, bottle at higher alcohol strength, including natural cask strength. Generally speaking, they do not use chill filtration, or add caramel colouring, choosing instead to keep their whiskies natural. 

List of independent whisky bottlers making the best single cask malt scotch whiskies

Unique whiskies from indy brands

Here at TopWhiskies.com we love independent whisky bottlers (you can read about some of our favourites indies here). We find they're a great source of top quality single malt scotch whiskies at fair prices. There are plenty of unique offerings, single cask expressions, and interesting maturation techniques. Plus, these independent brands are often run by small teams of passionate individuals; so, in buying their whiskies you're supporting both them and their families.

We're proud to support some great independent bottlers, and you can find the independent whisky bottlers we stock here. But there's a wide world of choice out there, so here's a directory list of independent bottlers.

List of independent whisky bottlers, in alphabetical order.

  1. Adelphi Selection
  2. AD Rattray
  3. Artful Dodger
  4. Berry Brothers & Rudd (BB&R)
  5. Blackadder
  6. Càrn Mòr
  7. Chapter 7 Whisky
  8. Cheaper By The Dram
  9. Chorlton Whisky
  10. Compass Box
  11. Douglas Laing
  12. Duncan Taylor
  13. DS Tayman
  14. Fable Whisky
  15. Gleann Morr Spirits
  16. Gordon & Macphail
  17. Great Drams
  18. Hart Brothers
  19. Hunter Laing
  20. Hidden Spirits
  21. Ian Macleod
  22. Imperial Tribute
  23. James Eadie
  24. James MacArthur
  25. Lady of The Glen
  26. Little Brown Dog Spirits
  27. Lombard Scotch Whisky
  28. MacKillop's Choice
  29. Malts of Scotland
  30. Murray McDavid
  31. Na Braithrean
  32. Peg Whisky
  33. Rest and Be Thankful
  34. Roger's Whisky Company
  35. Samaroli
  36. Samuel Gulliver & Co
  37. Scotch & Tattoos
  38. Scott's Selection
  39. Secret Spirits
  40. Signatory
  41. Single Cask Nation
  42. Single Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
  43. Single Note Whisky
  44. Skene Scotch Whisky
  45. Speciality Brands Ltd
  46. Spiritfilled
  47. Swell De Spirits
  48. That Boutique-y Whisky Company
  49. The Firkin Whisky Co
  50. The Single Cask
  51. The Whisky Baron
  52. The Whisky Cellar
  53. The Vintage Malt Whisky Company
  54. Uncharted Whisky Company 
  55. Valinch & Mallet
  56. Watt Whisky
  57. Waxhouse Whisky Co
  58. Wemyss Malts
  59. Whisky Art Journey
  60. Whisky Broker
  61. Whisky Is The Limit
  62. William Cadenhead's
  63. Wilson and Morgan

How to bottle your own whisky or whiskey and become an independent bottler

How to bottle your own whiskies?

Many whisky lovers dream of producing their own whisky, and the most realistic way of achieving this dream is to become an independent bottler. While there are still costs involved, and many things to get right, becoming an indie bottler is easier than building your own distillery. If you'd like to find out more, read our guide to making your own whisky here, which looks at five points to consider:

  1. Why do you want to make your own whisky?
  2. How many bottles do you want?
  3. What type of base spirit do you want to use?
  4. What type of cask do you want your whisky matured in, and where will you store it?
  5. Things to think about when bottling your whisky

Get in touch

If you'd like to add an independent whisky bottler to the list (last updated May 2022), or if you yourself are an independent bottler and you're interested in learning more about what we do here at TopWhiskies, do get in touch, you can email Ed here: ed@topwhiskies.com.