Legends of the future: independent bottling companies to watch


As you might have noticed, we love independent bottling companies here at Whisky Foundation. We’re mad about them. We love seeing new independent bottlers getting started and releasing their first expression. We love to see them bringing a new twist to a whisky that we didn’t think could get any better. And, of course, we […]

The Maltman range: independent bottling at its finest

If there was ever a collection of whiskies that epitomised the independent bottling ethos, it would be The Maltman series. I mean, check out this quote from their website. If it was in Latin, it’d pretty much be the motto of the independent bottling industry: Our Maltman range, all single cask releases, is without any […]

Scotch 101: What are independent whisky bottlers?

At Whisky Foundation, we’re always writing about independent bottling, independent whisky bottlers, casks, finishing and new exciting bottlings. But we noticed recently that we’d completely forgotten to write about the most basic topic of all: what are independent whisky bottlers? So, what are independent bottlers?  OK, here’s a Spark Notes version of what independent bottlers […]

An authentic whisky experience: our cask strength collection


If you’ve ever had the pleasure of trying a cask strength whisky, then this scene from The Great Escape probably feels more than a little familiar: Cask strength whisky does not mess around. It comes straight from the cask to the bottle with no dilution whatsoever, so you’re hit with a huge whack of oaky […]

Independent bottler in the spotlight: Signatory Vintage


  At Whisky Foundation, we often talk of our favourite bottlings and our favourite cask-finishes. We often talk of whisky regions and whisky terms and the whisky industry in general. But, for an independent bottling site, we feel like we’ve neglected talking about independent bottlers a little. Well, that’s all about to change. From now […]

Where’s our BrewDog moment? Part II: Should we call independent bottlings ‘craft whisky’?


A few months ago, we wrote a long thought-piece that pondered two central questions: Why aren’t independent bottlings as popular as craft beer? And what can the whisky industry learn from craft beer? The question isn’t as ridiculous as it might sound, either. Beer and whisky are – until the point the liquid is distilled […]

Whisky bluff to whisky buff: a cheat sheet to whisky regions

whisky regions

If you’re a wine drinker, you’ll be well-aware that each wine-producing region has a distinct character. A wine from the Bordeaux region – due to the fact they only grow five types of grape – tends to be full-bodied and well-structured, while wine from the Champagne region will be light and crisp. Whisky is no […]

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