How To Buy Rare Single Malts From William Grant & Sons’ Family Archive

Historically, the major whisky companies were focused on high volume blended Scotch whisky brands. As single malt whisky grew in popularity and became a significant portion of the industry’s revenues, those companies also began to focus on expanding their single malt ranges.

Odd lots of barrels however, those whose taste and aroma profile didn’t really fit the template of the single malt brand or whose numbers were so small, typically ultra-aged barrels, were usually sold off to specialty bottlers.

Starting with Diageo’s launch of its Rare and Exceptional Group, about five years ago, the major beverage companies began to bottle their rare and exceptional casks themselves and selling

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