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 whisky bottlers do?

Independent whisky bottlers look for exceptional 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 bottles these 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.

Unique whiskies from independent bottlers

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
  8. Cheaper By The Dram
  9. Chorlton Whisky
  10. Compass Box
  11. Douglas Laing
  12. Duncan Taylor
  13. DS Tayman
  14. Fabel 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 MacArthur
  24. Lady of The Glen
  25. Little Brown Dog Spirits
  26. Lombard Scotch Whisky
  27. MacKillop's Choice
  28. Malts of Scotland
  29. Murray McDavid
  30. Na Braithrean
  31. Peg Whisky
  32. Rest and Be Thankful
  33. Roger's Whisky Company
  34. Samaroli
  35. Scotch & Tattoos
  36. Scott's Selection
  37. Secret Spirits
  38. Signatory
  39. Single Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
  40. Single Note Whisky
  41. Skene Scotch Whisky
  42. Speciality Brands Ltd
  43. That Boutique-y Whisky Company
  44. The Firkin Whisky Co
  45. The Single Cask
  46. The Whisky Baron
  47. The Whisky Cellar
  48. The Vintage Malt Whisky Company
  49. Valinch & Mallet
  50. Watt Whisky
  51. Waxhouse Whisky Co
  52. Wemyss Malts
  53. Whisky Is The Limit
  54. William Cadenhead's
  55. Wilson and Morgan

How to become an independent whisky bottler?

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, 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.