All these examples of Scotch exhibit the characteristics of whiskies bottled at great age. We have included one Irish whiskey, which is gaining in popularity; single casks of Irish malt whiskey are becoming very collectible. Bushmills was, for some time, the only Irish distillery producing malt whisky, so single casks are hard to obtain.
Independent bottlings can offer great value for money and range of choice. Those featured here are some of the best examples, and those not normally bottled as single malts are great expressions of their respective distilleries.
Value for money doesn’t necessarily mean they are not as collectible as distillery bottlings. Most whiskies of 30 years or more coming from a single cask would represent a good investment, as long as their quality is known to be high. Those expressions rarely seen as distillery bottlings, such as the Auchroisk, are rare and highly collectible. Expressions from iconic distilleries such as Ardbeg will also come at a premium, because single-cask bottlings are also in short supply.