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A new breed of American whiskey producer is copying a trusted page from Scotland’s book of whisky-crafting traditions—they blend and bottle whiskeys that someone else has distilled.
Called independent bottlers, they search out the best and oldest barrels from both craft distillers and major producers across the U.S. and Canada, purchase them, and then create innovative blends, usually in small batches of a few hundred bottles. Some of these blends are made to become standard, repeatable brands, while others are simply one-off bottlings. And not all purchased barrels are bound for blending.
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