The independent bottlers of Scotland are some of the oldest traders of Scotch in the world, originating at a time when distilleries seldom sold their wares directly to the public. As it remains today, the independent bottler's role is to showcase the whisky in it's most revealing, natural and singular state - from small batches of 2-3 casks through to the product of just a single cask of whisky.
We are very proud to stock an extensive range of whiskies from Scotland's leading independent bottlers. Among this selection are some of the finest whiskies we stock, covering almost all styles of single malt - from the youngest, peatiest Islay through to the oldest and most revered of Speysides, and everything in between.
Due to the nature of small batch and single cask whisky, there are often precious few bottles to go around, so please be aware that this selection changes frequently between shipments, and some are so rare that availability is often very limited.
If you would like assistance selecting from this range, or would like any advice in general, we are always delighted to hear from you. You can reach us by phone on 0800 WHISKY (944 759) or by email.
Aberfeldy 'Cadenhead' 1978 / 1995 57.9% (c)
Distilled in 1978 at the Aberfeldy distillery in the middle of the Highlands, and bottled in 1995 by Scotland's oldest independent bottler, Cadenhead. This is a rare example of the distillery which is seldom seen in a single cask / cask strength bottling, especially from this era.
Adelphi 'Breath of the Highlands' 1985 / 22 years old #1066 55.2%
Adelphi have been sworn to secrecy as to which distillery this comes from, but it is a classic Highland single malt. Bottled as part of Adelphi's Archive series from a single American-oak barrel. Creamy coconut fudge starts in the aroma, with oakwood, and a fruity, complex note of nectarine or cherries. Herbal and spicy as well, with an unusual ...
Adelphi 'The Glover' 18 years old 49.2%
This is the 4th release under Adelphi's unique 'Glover' series, a fusion of Scotch and Japanese single malt whiskies. As with the previous releases, this fusion contains one of the rarest whiskies from Japan's now-closed Hanyu distillery along with Longmorn and Glen Garioch from Scotland. The tasting notes from Adelphi speak of a very refined ol...
Adelphi's Private Stock Blend 40%
Adelphi's Private stock is a blend of whiskies selected by one of Scotland's most famed independent bottlers. This is a smooth dram with plenty of honeyed sweetness from Spey and Highland malts, a touch of sea-side maritime notes from a coastal distillery and a gentle peat-fire smokyness in the background. A very traditional and old-fashioned fl...
Allt A'Bhaine 'Gordon and MacPhail' 1996 / 2016 43%
Ardmore 'Gordon and MacPhail' 1996 / 2013 43%
Ardmore Distillery was built in 1898 by Adam Teacher to ensure a good supply of whisky for Teachers blended whisky. A surprisingly smoky highland malt, with chewy malt-chocolate elements, dark stewed fruits combined with a distinctive wood-smoke character.
Arran 'Gordon and MacPhail' 2006 / 2014 46%
Distilled at the remote distillery on the Isle of Arran, this single vintage whisky was bottled from a small selection of 1st fill American oak casks. Clasically Arran with a sweet malty and biscuity aroma, delicate floral notes and a hint of tropical (mango, grapefruit) notes. Lush on the palate with sweet vanilla and again a tangy citrus flavo...
Auchentoshan 'Old Particular' 1998 / 18 years 47.5%
One of Scotland's few producers of solely triple distilled spirit, the Auchentoshan distillery is situated in Clydebank, just northwest of Glasgow in the Lowland's of Scotland. Bottled from a single cask which was filled in 1997, this 18 year old Auchentoshan is very fresh and vibrant, with tropical fruits, citrius and a floral, fragrant aroma. ...
Aultmore 'Adelphi' 1982 / 35 years old #1575 54.8%
Matured for 35 years in a European oak ex-sherry butt, this is one of the oldest and certainly one of the darkest Aultmore's we've ever had. Concentrating and intensifying with age, the nose is like walking into an old-world lounge - awash with wood, furniture polish and cedar cigar notes, it builds to juicy and intense fruits with a trace of cr...
Aultmore 'BBR' 2006 / 10 years old #308088 46%
Filled into a cask in 2006 at Aultmore, this bottling by Berry Bros. & Rudd of London is a classic example of the style made at this Speyside distillery. The aroma is distinctly malty and sweet, which also carries an orange zest and toffee fudge note with a hint of liquorice. The palate is quite forward and fizzing with fruitiness and a pepp...
Balmenach 'Cadenhead' 2005 / 12 years old 55.4%
Bottled from a pair of Hogshead casks from the Balmenach distillery, this new Cadenhead release shows the sweet, fruity and spicy flavours found in Balmenach's single malt whisky. The nose starts with vanilla and creamy custardy tones, and a note of strawberry yoghurt. The palate is again creamy, with soft grassy notes and hints of lime, kiwifru...
Ben Nevis 'Signatory' 1991 / 24 years old 57.8%
Distilled in October 1991 and matured for 24 years, this new single cask selection comes from Signatory Vintage. Distinctly old-fashioned throughout with the aroma of old oak and leather, joining notes of dried fruit, brandy snaps, golden syrup and a hint of mocha-chocolate. Rich, full bodied and with a heavy mouthfeel, Ben Nevis a characterful ...
Ben Nevis 'Signatory' 1991 / 26 years old 56.5%
Distilled in October 1991 and matured for 26 years, this new single cask selection comes from Signatory Vintage. Distinctly old-fashioned throughout with the aroma of old oak and leather, joining notes of dried fruit, brandy snaps, golden syrup and a hint of mocha-chocolate. Rich, full bodied and with a heavy mouthfeel, Ben Nevis a characterful ...
Benrinnes 'Old Malt Cask' 1997 / 19 years old 50%
Distilled in 1997 at the Benrinnes distillery, this 19 year old single malt whisky was selected and bottled for the famous 'Old Malt Cask' series. After almost 20 years in the cask, the flavours are complex and deep - the nose has notes of cinder toffee (honeycomb), stewed apples and butterscotch, moving to a fudgey and icing sugar flavour on th...
Blair Athol 'Signatory' 1988 / 28 years old 60.9%
Matured in a very active wine-treated butt, this 28 year old Blair Athol is a big, robust and hearty whisky. On the nose it oozes rich old wood (cedar) and macerated dried fruit, with a twang of sulphur (struck match), orange marmalade and freshly toasted bread. The palate is again marmaladey, waxy and balanced with a brown sugar sweetness. The ...
Blue Hanger 'BBR' Blended Malt 9th Release 45.6%
Region: Blended whisky
Regarded by some as one of the finest blends on the market, Blue Hanger is a carefully crafted whisky by independent bottlers Berry Brother's and Rudd. The 9th edition is produced from just a handful of casks, and has a bewitching aroma of orange peel, vanilla and peat smoke. The palate is lucious and complex leading to a fruity, smoky finish. A...
Bowmore 'Adelphi' 1989 / 27 years old #7838 52%
One of the oldest single cask releases from the Bowmore distillery in recent years, this 27 year old selection comes from one of the world's most acclaimed independent bottlers, Adelphi. Distilled in 1989 and filled into an American oak ex-bourbon Hogshead, this is an example of the incredibly tropical and fragrant spirit produced at Bowmore. Al...
Bowmore 'Adelphi' 1990 / 26 years old #2799 48.9%
Distilled at the Bowmore distillery on Islay in 1990, this new release from Adelphi was selected from a single re-fill ex-bourbon cask which yielded 177 bottles at a surprisingly low natural strength of 48.9%.
Bowmore 'Old Particular' 2001 / 15 years old 48.4%
Selected from a single cask from the Bowmore distillery on Islay, this 15 year old shows the softening effect of age on peat smoke. The nose is surprisingly sweet, with cinnamon, coal dust and an aroma very much like burnt home made baking. The palate shows great depth, with sweet and spicy tones again carried by an oily mouthfeel that has a sof...
Bowmore 'Xtra Old Particular' 1989 / 25 years old 55.1%
Distilled at the end of 1989 and filled into a refill hogshead cask, this Bowmore was left to mature for 25 years before being bottled at its natural cask strength. Gently maratime with coastal and oceanic with a drifting subtle smoke. Sweetly smoky to start on the palate with a sooty and iodine peatyness that stays for a long time on the finish...
Bunnahabhain 'Old Particular' 2001 / 15 years old 48.4%
This 15 year old Bunnahabhain has been selected from a single sherry butt by famed independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co. This is a rich and heavy style of Bunnahabhain - lots of macerated dried fruit, Christmas spices and even salted caramel tarte tatin. Underneath this there remains a note of minerality, remisicent of sea-side rocks on a...
Burnside 'Cadenhead' 1989 / 28 years old 47.3%
The Burnside name is trademarked by Wm. Cadenhead, and refers to a 'teaspooned' whisky produced by the owners of the Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie distilleries. Juicy fruits; melon, and kiwi, with vanilla and honeycomb on the nose with the theme continued on the palate: caramel, orange peel, peaches, and white chocolate buttons. Finish: syr...
Cadenhead Classic Rum 50%
Founded in 1842, Wm. Cadenhead are Scotland's oldest independent whisky bottlers, who are also renowned for their rum selections. The Cadenhead 'Classic' rum is a blend from distilleries in the Caribbean, bottled from a selection of casks and reduced to 50% ABV. The nose starts immediately rich, with molasses, demerara sugar and asian spices. Th...
Cadenhead Irish Whiskey 13 years old 46%
It is very rare for us to see independently bottled Irish whiskey in New Zealand so we're delighted to have this expression bottled by Wm Cadenhead of Campbltown, Scotland. Drawn from just a single cask from an undisclosed distillery, it has the classic Irish single malt whiskey character with soft zesty, fruity flavours (pears) and a wonderful ...