If you are a Scotch whisky aficionado, you have bought unique malts from independent bottlers. The idea is that an outside company finds a single interesting barrel at a distillery and bottles it under its own name.
In the American whiskey renaissance, new brands do something like this: they buy small lots from the giant MGP distillery in Indiana. But they don’t tout the distillery on the front label; in fact they try to hide the origin on the bottle. A true American independent bottler in the Scottish style didn’t really exist until recently.
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