Hi folks!

I was wondering, do independent bottlers of scotch take possession of the barrels soon after distillation or after a certain amount of aging at the distillery?

I ask because in the Gordon & MacPhail webpage you can see all the barrels of dif scotches in the same warehouse and wondered if this makes these scotches dif than the ones kept and bottled by the distillery?

What about malts that take on a lot of character from the warehouses where they age (I am thinking of the sea character in many malts from near the coasts for example), wouldn't moving them to a warehouse somewhere else change the character significantly?

I might have to buy an independent of Laphroaig to see for myself.

Thanks, Rene'