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 — Douglas Laing
Balmenach 'Provenance' 2007 / 10 years old 46%
Distilled at the Balmenach single malt distillery in 2007, this bottling comes from famed independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co. who have selected this single cask to be bottled by itself - a mark of its quality and taste. Balmenach is a great example of the Scottish Speyside style, sweet and fruity with hints of orange, fresh pears and ha...
Ben Nevis 'Old Particular' 2006 / 12 years old 48.4%
This Old Particular Bottling from Ben Nevis Distillery is 12 years old and 48.4% in strength. The nose starts out with honeycomb and surprising notes of damp grass. Toffee and chocolate covered coconut flakes, which move into an earthy note makes for a balanced palate. The finish is long with notes of spiciness, poached pears and vanilla essence...
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...
Craigellachie 'Old Particular - The Elements' 2006 / 12 years old 54.3%
Released for a new series known as the 'Elements Collection' from Douglas Laing & Co, this whisky celebrates the 'fire' element, bottling a 12 year old whisky from the Craigellachie distillery. Selected from a single sherry butt, the Laing's suggest that this is a dram of cocoa, campfires and ginger spices with orange and barley notes as wel...
Glen Ord 'Old Particular' 2004 / 13 years old 48.4%
Hailing from the Muir of Ord just north of Inverness, this single cask bottling comes from the Glen Ord distillery after 13 years of maturation. Sweet and juicy initially on the nose with a rich barley and tobacco note, moving into spices and honeycomb on the palate. The finish is warmly spiced, drifting to mocha.
Highland Journey Blended Malt 46.2%
The Highland Journey blend has just arrived from Hunter Laing & Company and is comprised solely of single malt whiskies from the Highland region of Scotland. Soft, smooth and easy-drinking, it is a combination of European and American oak casks, and is a balance of gentle fruit and soft oak spice.
Laphroaig 'Xtra Old Particular' 2000 / 18 years old 52.9%
A welcome addition to our shelves is this rare treat from Douglas Laing, selected from a single refill hogshead cask from Islay's iconic Laphroaig distillery. After 18 years of maturation, the peat has softened and mellow yet still rich and medicinal - smoked meats, autumn leaves and peaty bonfires lead the aroma, with dried seaweed and iodine. ...
Ledaig 'Old Particular' 1997 / 21 years old 50.6%
One of Scotland's best kept smoky whisky secrets, Ledaig (pronounced le-chig) comes from the peated spirit made at the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Often described as quite grungy and dirty, this particular bottling from Douglas Laing was matured for 21 years, offering a nose of maritime sea-spray, tarry harbour rope and a distincti...
Rock Oyster 46.8%
Malts from distilleries on Orkney, Jura, Arran and Islay are selected for this blended malt bottled by Douglas Laing. Coastal peat flavours are at the forefront along with spicy black pepper and vanilla notes.
Tamdhu 'Old Particular' 2006 / 11 years old 48.4%
Situated at the village of Knockando in Speyside, the Tamdhu distillery makes a soft and very approachable dram, and this new expression comes from the team at Douglas Laing & Co, a famous Scottish independent bottler. The aroma the tradtional Speyside whisky style, fruity, sweet and spiced - stewed apples, cinnamon and a note of fruit salad...
The Epicurean 46.2%
The Epicurean is a blended malt comprised solely of lowland single malts from famed Scottish independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co. This is a classic Lowland aroma and taste - sweet and rich with barley, tangy citrus and floral/herbal notes throughout. The twangy citrus and smooth candied sweet notes play off each other wonderfully, making...
Timorous Beastie 46.8%
This blended malt has been carefully put together by Douglas Laing & Co solely from whisky from the Highlands, including the Blair Athol, Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne distilleries. Sweet and floral on the nose, it has sweeter and spicier tones on the palate with a raisiny sweet fudge flavour.