Take A Walk On The Wild Side
SINGLE MALTS OF SCOTLAND AND
SINGLE CASKS BY THE WHISKY EXCHANGE
A wise man – Joe, who works at our London Bridge shop – once said that, ‘independent bottlings are where the jazz is.’ But to the uninitiated, the world of indie bottlings can appear murky, hard-to-navigate and even downright mysterious. So let’s fix that.
Simply put, an independent – or ‘indie’ – bottling is any whisky not bottled by the distillery at which it was made, or by the people who own said distillery. These whiskies are often selected and purchased – by the cask or in larger quantities – from a distillery or third-party-vendor by the company who wishes to bottle them. Because they are not ‘official’ distillery releases, they may exhibit qualities and characteristics which don’t necessarily reflect that distillery’s house style – or, depending on the bottler’s aim, which reflect that house style to an exemplary degree.
Because of this, indie bottlings present a stellar opportunity to examine our favourite whiskies from different angles. They also often represent excellent value for money.
If you fancy dipping your toes into the world of independent bottlings, or gifting a little jazz to a loved one, we can’t think of anywhere better to start than with our own range of single casks – great value drams we’re proud to stake our reputation on – or with new Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Casks from our sister company, Elixir Distillers.