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.
Independent Bottlers — Cadenhead
Armagnac 'Cadenhead' 47.8%
This Amagnac hails from the famous 'Armagnac Tenareze' region, which is known for producing the richest and heaviest of the type. This selection was distilled in 1990, and bottled at cask strength in 2019, only 456 bottles were filled. On the nose we find burnt orange, dunnage warehouses, and marzipan. The palate features Hazelnut, allspice, mal...
Benrinnes 'Cadenhead' 2007 / 12 years old 57.2%
The Benrinnes distillery has over the years gained a well-deserved reputation for its fruity, elegant and very easy-going style of whisky. This selection from Cadenhead was matured in an ex-bourbon cask, a wood that brings out the distillery's syrupy, fruity flavours. Starting with those wonderful fruits, it builds to an aroma of banana bread, a...
Cognac 'Cadenhead' 35 years old 54.2%
This expression from the Cadenhead's 'malternatives' range is a single cask Cognac from the Charpentier Distillery, 'Petite Champagne' region. It has been bottled at cask strength, with only 270 bottles disgorged. The nose features sandlewood, fresh apples, along with a subtle spiciness. On the palate we find chocolate, nutmeg, and raisin. The ...
Craigellachie 'Cadenhead' 2009 / 10 years old 54%
Distilled in 2009 at the Craigellachie distillery, this new two-cask bottling from Cadenhead is a perfect introduction to the joys of cask strength whiskies, bottled without filtration or dilution. Classic in its style, this Craigellachie carries a grassy, herbal flavour (sage, cut grass, oregano) that is joined by tones of gooseberry, pancakes ...
Dailuaine 'Cadenhead' 2008 / 10 years old 59.9%
This expression of Dailuaine was disgorged from three hogsheads, and yealded 774 bottles. Dailuaine is in high demand from master blenders across Scotland, valued especially for its body and character. On the nose this bottling features fruit salad, cerial notes, and popcorn. On the palate buttered toast, mocha, and vanilla pods. We found Cocoa ...
Dictador 'Cadenhead' 1993 / 26 years old 65.3%
This bottling of a single cask comes to us from Dictador distillery in Colombia. The distillate is from both pot and column stills. On the nose we find Banoffee Pie, heather, and a touch of menthol. One the palate, sticky toffee pudding, raisins, and pecan pie. Confectionaries on the finish, marshmallow, coffee cake, and cocoa powder.
Fettercairn 'Cadenhead' 2007 / 11 years old 56.7%
Fettercairn 'Cadenhead' 2007 / 12 years old 51.1%
One of the less frequently seen whiskies in Scotland, this new Fettercairn from Cadenhead is fresh and summery - peaches, honeycomb and golden syrup joined by flavours of pear skins, hard boiled sweets and a citrusy dessert note (lemon meringue or cheesecake). Bottled from ex-bourbon casks at a surprisingly soft 51.1% natural cask strength.
Fettercairn 'Cadenhead' 2009 / 10 years old 57.3%
Situated under the Grampian foothills, Fettercairn is a picturesque distillery showcasing the diversity of Highland single malts. Cadenheads offerings of Fettercairn so far have been highly praised and this particular bottling is no exception. The nose is fresh and clean, with notes of pine needles, lemon sorbet and icing sugar. The palate is ri...
Glen Spey 'Cadenhead' 2001 / 17 years old 53.3%
The rarely seen Glen Spey distillery produces a classic Speyside style, though it is one of the rarer whiskies to see from the area. This new release from Cadenhead is selected from two hogshead casks combined, offering flavours of custard cremes, candy floss, peatnut butter and a contrasting note of pork crackling. A creamy texture on the palat...
Glenrothes 'Cadenhead' 1996 / 22 years old 50.1%
Distilled in 1996 at the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, this new Cadenhead bottling from 3 Hogshead casks, offering flavours of orange zest and generous helpings of golden syrup. While the distillery is famous for its use of sherry casks, this expression shows how much of the Glenrothes character is actually from its spirit - the fruity (poa...
Glentauchers 'Cadenhead' 2007 / 11 years old 57.9%
From Speyside distillery Glentauchers, Cadenhead?s brings us this 11 year old single malt whisky. The nose has a warmth to it, with notes of banana loaf, barley and a sweetness from marshmallow. This sweetness is carried through to the palate, offering up candy cane, root ginger and apple skin notes. To balance out the sweetness the finish is pe...
Knockdhu 'Cadenhead' 2010 / 9 years old 56.2%
The Knockdhu distillery is more famously known for making the modern brand AnCnoc, but all of its casks bare the name Knockdhu, named after the black hill that stands behind the distillery. This new release from Cadenhead was chosen from 3 hoggies that were laid down in 2010 and bottled together at a natural strength of 56.2% The tasting panel a...
Mackmyra 'Cadenhead' 2007 / 11 years old 48.2%
Distilled at the Mackmyra distillery in Sweden, this is the oldest expression we have stocked from one of Europe's most famous single malt producers. Matured in a single ex-American barrel, it features a lush aroma of cedar wood, custard powder, and green apples. The palate is creamy, with nutmeg and apple pie, finishing with flavours of fruit s...
Miltonduff 'Cadenhead' 2008 / 11 years old 56%
Miltonduff is a key component of the Chivas Regal blend, occasionally seen as a single malt and one we always look forward to trying. On the nose there are notes of fresh pastry's and creamy milk chocolate, leading into sliced pears and snowballs on the palate. The finish is creamy and refreshing with notes of coffee and biscuits.
Ord 'Cadenhead' 2008 / 10 years old 57.7%
This 10 year old whisky from Ord distillery in the Highlands has been maturing in two hogs heads and bottled at 57.7%. This whisky has an interesting nose with a creaminess, honeycomb and goats cheese. Lime and pickles are found on the palate with geraniums and a nuttiness from praline and pistachio. A saltiness and freshness from notes of lemon...
Ord 'Cadenhead' 2008 / 11 years old 56.4%
Matured for 11 years solely in ex-bourbon American white oak barrels, this bottling from the Ord distillery (aka Glen Ord) is a zippy dram, with fresh mint, lemons and gooseberries coming through on the aroma, with a mineral quality behind. The palate leads to thoughts of mediterranean flavours: lemon infused olive oil and apricots, with milk ch...
Tomatin 'Cadenhead' 2009 / 10 years old 57.7%
Selected from two hogshead casks from the Tomatin distillery and bottled at a cask strength of 57.7%, this new arrival shows the lighter, delicate style of the Highland style Tomatin makes. Described by the Cadenhead team as very creamy, it has an aroma of white chocolate and strawberries, alongside butterscotch buttery shortbread. To taste, aga...
Tullibardine 'Cadenhead' 1993 / 26 years old 43.9%
This expression of Tullibardine was bottled from a pair of ex-American hogsheads, yeilding only 462 bottles. The strength is notably low for a cask strength whisky even at this age, often a sign of high spirit to cask interaction. On the nose we find tropical fruit notes, and mint leaves. The palate backs this up with mangos, whipped cream, and ...
Cadenhead's Old Raj Gin 55%
Cadenhead's Old Raj Gin is distinctive in that it contains a measure of saffron, the rare and costly spice derived from the crocus flower. In addition to a slightly spicy flavour, this also imparts a pale yellow colour to Old Raj. This expression, bottled at 55%, is one of the few high strength gins on the market, fantastic in a gin & tonic ...
Teaninich 'Cadenhead' 2009 / 10 years old 55.1%
Distilled at a distillery whose make is in great demand from the master blenders of Scotland, this bottling was matured in three hogsheads which yealded 876 bottles. The nose features walnuts, green apples and fresh cut timber. On the palate we find more nuttiness, caramelised banana, and pinecones. On the finish there lingers flavours of brown ...
Cognac 'Cadenhead' 40 years old 61.6%
This truly special Cognac comes to us from the Charpentier Distillery in the 'Petite Champagne' region. It has been matured by Cadenhead to the ripe old age of 40, and bottled at an astonishing 61.6% alcohol. Only 264 bottles are available worldwide. On the nose we find a distant smokeyness, bacon, and gooseberry jam. The palate is complex with ...
Strathclyde 'Cadenhead' 1989 / 30 years old 54.5%
Situated in the Gorbals district in Glasgow, Strathclyde is one of the biggest grain distilleries in Scotland, producing high-quality grain whisky for blends like Chivas. This bottling comes from a combination of sherry and bourbon casks, each of which matured for at least 30 years. The sherry cask influence is imediately obvious - demerara rum ...
Glentauchers 'Cadenhead' 2010 / 9 years old 55.1%
Matured for 9 years in a combination of sherry and bourbon barrels, this Glentauchers is a sweet and woody treat - sherry cask notes of bread and butter pudding, dark cherries and butterscotch lead the aromas, with dry sherry, dark chocolate and raspberry adding contrasting dryness. The sherry influence continues with more fruit, cloves and all ...