Independent Bottlers Challenge 2006
What are the best independent bottlings? Our tasters tried more than 175 of them to find out.
It’s only in its second year, but the Independent Bottlers’Challenge is becoming a key event in the whisky calendar.
Why? Because the independent sector makes the whisky world go round.It offers the whisky enthusiast the opportunity to regularly stray from a favourite bottle and taste something from the same distillery.
But it can be a hit and miss affair, too,because bad casks find their way to the shelves as well as good ones. So how do you find out what to trust and what to avoid?
All Independent Bottlers we know about were asked to enter and supply their samples. These are the ones who entered :
Berry Bross & Rudd
Celtic Whisky Co
Forbes Ross & Co
Gordon & MacPhail
John Milroy Selection
Milroy's of Soho
The Vintage Malt Whisky Company
Wemyss Vintage Malts
Bottles were sent out with only the category (ie. Highlands 13-18 years old) and ABV on the label. Scores were added up and the winners announced.
It is reassuring to see that time-honoured tradition of paying attention to slections and quality have not been forgotten at Milroys, despite of changes in ownership on occasion. Perhaps some constant still exists in this world of change.
what is a independent bottler? Is it only a bottler with own stocks or also a bottler who bought casks from other IB?
AfaIk some of the IB you mentioned bought also casks from other IB.
Did no one from the scandinavian, italian, french or german IB answer on your request? (I don't know Celtic Whisky Co. and Wemyss)
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