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 — Hunter Laing
Balmenach 'Old & Rare Heritage' 1979 / 40 years old 45.4%
A stunning single cask release from Hunter Laing's 'Old and Rare' series, this expression from the Balmenach distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1979. Forty years later, it boasts tropical aromas of mango, pineapple and passion fruit drizzled with caramel sauce on the nose. Sweet on the palate, with more tropical fruit notes, strawberry and ...
Blair Athol 'Old Malt Cask' 1995 / 24 years old 50%
This expression from the famous Blair Athol distillery has been matured for 24 years in a single ex-Sherry butt, with only 294 bottles filled. On the nose we find rasberries, apples, and menthol. The palate features salted caramel, blackberries, and chocolate. The finish is long, lingering, and sweet.
Cambus 'Sovereign' 1988 / 30 years old 51.9%
This expression of Cambus was bottled from a refill hogshead which yeilded only 279 bottles. The nose is delicate, featuring blueberries, toffee, vanilla, and menthol. The palate is somewhat richer with cranachan (a Scottish desert of fresh berries, cream, toasted oats, and whisky), red grapes, caramel, and moss. The finish is long and spicy.
Caol Ila 'Old Malt Cask' 2009 / 9 years old 50%
Selected by one of Scotland's acclaimed independent bottlers, this new single cask Caol Ila was matured for 9 years in a refill hogshead cask and bottled at the 'golden strength', according to Stewart Laing, of 50%.The aroma (sometimes refered to as the 'nose') is ashy, sea-air salty and filled with smokey notes. To taste, the peat and sea salt ...
Craigellachie 'Old Malt Cask' 2006 / 12 years old 50%
From one of Speyside's most iconic villages, this single cask release of Craigellachie has been matured in a sherry butt for 12 years before being bottled by independent bottlers Hunter Laing & Co. Decadent aromas of chocolate, vanilla and ripe raspberries are followed by more red fruit, liquorice and another dollop of vanilla on the palate,...
Dailuaine 'Old Malt Cask - 20th Anniversary' 2006 / 12 years old 50%
Released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the very famous 'Old Malt Cask' series, this Dailuaine, a favourite distillery the Laing's, was matured for 12 years and bottled at the now-famous 'golden strength' of 50%.
Dumbarton 'Sovereign' 1987 / 31 years old 43.5%
Distilled at the now defunct Dumbarton distillery in West Dumbartonshire, this single cask single grain has been bottled as part of Hunter Laing's 'Sovereign' series after 31 long years maturing in a single Bourbon barrel. It boasts rich, marshmallowy aromas, with hints of vanilla and decadent caramel. Candied orange to the fore on the palate wi...
Glen Moray 'Old Malt Cask' 1997 / 21 years old 50%
Bottled at 21 years old, this expression of Glen Moray was matured in a single refill barrel, producing a fresh and delicate dram. The nose is typically Glen Moray with straw, apple sauce, and flowers. On the palate we find pears, toffee, and oak. The finish develops a drying spiciness.
Mortlach 'Old & Rare Heritage' 1989 / 30 years old 48.5%
This expression of Mortlach from a single Olorosso ex-sherry cask promises all the robustness of character which is typical of the distillery. On the nose we find raisins, coffee, tobacco, and rubber, on the palate rich red fruits, honey roaster ham, fennel, and dark chocolate. The finish is long, lingering, and peppery.
Auchentoshan 'Old Malt Cask' 1995 / 23 years old 49.7%
This expression of Auchentoshan by Hunter Laing was matured for 23 years in a single refill hogshead.On the nose we find a delightful Lowland style with fruit, citrus and floral notes.The palate holds salted caramel, fresh berries, and spice.The finish is long and lingering.One of just 262 bottles, this is a rather special dram indeed.