Halo single Malt Mates,
I have been studying about Single malt Scotch and giving tastings for over thirteen years and I still learn things.
For example the movie industry has independent films and the Scotch Whisky Industry has famous independent bottlers.
What are independent bottlers?
While distillers make all the whisky, they’re not responsible for every bottle on the shelf. There are a whole host of other companies who select casks and bottle whiskies – the independent bottlers. From casks that the distilleries can’t release to those that they won’t, the indies offer an alternative take on whisky, giving us the change to try a huge range of different drams.
My take on this is that these bottles can be collectable at best and a good dram at worst.
Here are some of the most famous and not known about:
Gordon & MacPhail
For more than 120 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been one of Scotland’s most well-known independents. Still family owned, the company has grown far beyond the walls of the Elgin grocers where it started, and is now one of the world’s biggest independent whisky bottlers
I was in Elgin myself and was blissfully unaware of this fact.
A favourite independent bottler at TWE and one we work closely with, Signatory has some of the best casks of whisky in the business. From the company’s HQ at Edradour distillery, Andrew Symington and his team curate an incredible range of single malts, bottled without compromise.
Used to be we would simply buy single malt Scotch. Now we buy vintage single malt Scotch. Fancy that, aye mates?
This one is new
Founded by Whisky Exchange director Sukhinder Singh, Speciality Drinks bottles a diverse selection of whiskies, including The Single Malts of Scotland, Port Askaig and The Elements of Islay. Driven by Sukhinder’s in-depth knowledge of whisky, the award-winning range continues to expand.
There is also Whisky Galore, Compass Box, which also is a distiller, Alexander Murray Ltd. and the mysterious Finlaggan.
I would like to make a toast to lying, stealing, cheating and drinking. If you’re going to lie, lie for a friend. If you’re going to steal, steal a heart. If your going to cheat, cheat death. And if you’re going to drink, drink with me.
Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
Great health and every good blessing to you
Your Scotch Spirit Master