Old & Rare Whisky

Independent Bottlers

For much of the 20th century, Scottish distillers focused almost exclusively on blended whiskies. Long before the concept of single malt caught on, independent bottlers were buying casks and saving some of history’s greatest spirits from the blender’s vat. In fact, it’s largely thanks to the independents that we have bottlings that provide a sense of Scotland’s most iconic distilleries in this golden era of whisky making.

These are some of our favourite independently bottled single malts, each one offering a unique taste of a moment in history.

Laphroaig 1967 27 Year Old Signatory

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl / 50.7%

Today, Laphroaig is known as a powerfully peaty single malt, but older bottlings like this reveal that the distillery once produced a much softer style. This legendary vintage is marked by intense tropical fruits, coastal minerality and gentle, medicinal smoke. One of the great advantages of old independently bottled whiskies is the ability to experience distillery character of a bygone era.

Longmorn 1966 44 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl / 44.3%

One of Scotland’s most respected bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail has been filling its warehouses with exceptional single malts for more than a century. This dignified old Longmorn was matured in a first-fill sherry butt. An excellent example of old-fashioned sherry character, single casks of this quality are precisely why independent bottlers are prized by collectors.

Ardbeg 1972 29 Year Old Old Malt Cask

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl / 50%

For many collectors, Ardbeg remains the benchmark Islay malt. Vintages from the 1970s are particularly prized for their almost paradoxical combination of elegance and power. While there are official bottlings of Ardbeg from this era, independents like Douglas Laing (the firm behind the Old Malt Cask label) often have the edge if you’re looking for interesting single casks. A stunning dram.

Brora 1970 32 Year Old

Old & Rare Platinum

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl / 58.4%

Hailing from one of Scotland’s most prized distilleries, this old Brora was awarded a rare 92 points on Serge Valentin’s indispensable Whisky Fun. Only 297 bottles were ever produced. Anyone who chooses to break the seal on one of the few that remain will experience a perfect example of Brora’s unique single malt: a harmony of exotic fruit notes and industrial minerality, with an overall wild quality that’s hard to find in modern whiskies. This is what old and rare indie bottlings are all about.

The Whisky Exchange

Since 1999, The Whisky Exchange has offered an unbeatable collection of old and rare spirits to collectors around the world. We pride ourselves in curating the very best bottlings – both contemporary and historical – and providing the expertise to help you find the right one for you.