the secret stills bottlings they do is for the same reason, there not allowed to the the names of talisker, bowmore, auchentoshan etc on there botles.
On a slight tangent, I was told that 2007 was the last year that G&M can use the name of Ardbeg. There was apparently some deal when the new owners of Ardbeg came in that IBs could not use the distillery name but they would have an exemption (derogation is the technical word) for 10 years.
Glen Avon is Glenfarclas and Glen Gordon is Macallan(or there's a slight chance it's glenfarclas as well).
i would bet on them being glenfarclas though as they have a large old stock of many other distillerys in the area and i know the grants dont allow the name glenfarclas on anything but their own bottles.
C57 - I meant to add that some distilleries like to feel they have control over their name as a brand label. They quality control everything that leaves under their name and can ensure it fits their desired profile. Sometimes very good casks get bottled independently, but if a distillery laid claim to these, it would also have to lay claim to the duff ones that end up in bottles and also the ones that might be good but are way off the desired flavour profile. Macduff Distillery has even gone as far as inventing its own name for its OBs - Glen Deveron - whilst allowing others to say that whisky comes from the Macduff Distillery. This is probably the same as Twiglets (perhaps) making generic versions for supermarkets using the exact same recipe but not allowing the supermarkets to call them twiglets.
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