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Best indie bottler?
Douglas laing
6%
 6%  [ 3 ]
Blackadder
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Duncan taylor
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Cadenhead
9%
 9%  [ 4 ]
Compass box
4%
 4%  [ 2 ]
Smws
11%
 11%  [ 5 ]
Other
4%
 4%  [ 2 ]
G & M
15%
 15%  [ 7 ]
No Particular Favourite
34%
 34%  [ 15 ]
Signatory
13%
 13%  [ 6 ]
Total Votes : 44

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Redders1974
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:59 pm    Post subject: Favourite independent bottler Reply with quote

Who in people's opinion are most reliable and best value bottlers out there I've tried a few but not enough to offer an informed opinion?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cadenhead for me. Never had anything bad from them, enjoy the range of single casks and small batch options, prices are always fair (apart from the delivery charges!!) and they also apply the same to wider ranges in terms of rum (always excellent), brandies and bourbons.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They all have their relative merits and can bring out excellent whiskies.

In my experience, I've never had a bad Blackadder bottling. But they are a pig to get hold of in the UK. Very poor supply.

The most reliable in terms of availability and quality that I've enjoyed are Hunter Laing's OMC bottlings.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To my knowledge I have only tried bottlings from DL, Cadenhead and Compass Box all of which have been amazing.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How can you miss Signatory in the poll? One of the most consistent in terms of quality to price ratio especially.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont have a favourite, I have tried them all and they have all varied in quality, I cant say I have had anything bad but the single cask bottlings and more limited release bottlings from any indie bottler tend to be particularly good.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no particular favourite, some of them on the list like to focus a bit on their blended malt whiskies these days such as Douglas Laing and Duncan Taylor, I guess they shift a bigger volume of whisky that way so we don't see so many interesting single malt releases from them as we used to.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RN Rob wrote:
I have no particular favourite, some of them on the list like to focus a bit on their blended malt whiskies these days such as Douglas Laing and Duncan Taylor, I guess they shift a bigger volume of whisky that way so we don't see so many interesting single malt releases from them as we used to.


I think that may be a supply issue? DL and DT both have a substantial range of single cask releases.

DL have been pumping out single cask releases - Emporium releases, Private stock, Old Particular, etc.

DT have just expanded their Octave range with a premium variant which I have yet to see flow through to retail...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexppp wrote:
How can you miss Signatory in the poll? One of the most consistent in terms of quality to price ratio especially.


I guess this is half the reason I put the poll together. It's Not something Ive Drunk or is on my radar. Will maybe look out for it in the future.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

webdunk wrote:

I think that may be a supply issue? DL and DT both have a substantial range of single cask releases.
True but I fell not as much or as interesting for my price range as they used to have, especially DT. A lot of DT's single malt/single cask whiskies are priced out of reach for everyday dramming for example looking at what TWE has listed for DL https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/search?q=Duncan%20Taylor#productlist-filter the cheapest whisky listed is a North Port 1981 at £499

DL still turn out a good amount but not as many as they used to but this will obviously be related to supply these days but what they do turn out is still mostly accessible price wise for most malt whisky drinkers I would think.

Good point about Signatory not being listed.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't buy a great deal of indie bottlings but G&M, Signatory and Douglas Laing are the bottlers I have had most.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say all the bottlers listed are reliable, value for money I would say Signatory, G & M, Douglas Laing, SMWS and Cadenhead
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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