independent bottlers do not make their own whisky. Instead, they source and select special barrels from a number of distilleries so they’re able to treat them as they see fit: Some buy new make and mature the spirits themselves, while others keep an eye out for particularly good casks of already matured whisky. Independent bottlers take their finds and bottle them. Because the barrel selection process is thorough, consumers almost always get spectacular limited-edition Scotch—most of them rare and hard to find, considering that the yield for each cask is only a few hundred bottles. At best.