I've had a few of the NC2 bottlings
A 13 year old mortlach which was wonderfully lemony. My wife, who tends to prefer the heavier whiskies really took to this to the extent that we didn't drink anything else until it was all gone!
I've got an NC2 Clynelish on the go at the moment, which some friends and i tasted head to head with the proprietary bottle over the new year. We generally felt it a more rounded dram - it had a lot of the oily mouthfeel that i used to associate with Clynelish which i feel is missing from the current OB.
I've had a few bottles of NC2 Springbank, although not the one mentioned by Pleb23
Got a bottle of DT NC2 Springbank 1993 for christmass, it was, and my flat mates and various other friends all agree, the most vile liquid any of us have ever had the displeasure of being in the same room as!:yuk:
I've had the 1996, 10 year old version matured entirely in a port pipe. This was a big wonderfully sweet dram, really remeniscient of some of the older Springbank bottlings, which were heavily sherry influenced .
Independent bottlings, by their very nature will vary in quality. But without the pioneering work of the independents and the SMWS we would all be happily and quite ignorantly drinking chill-filtered, caramel-coloured malts (which we still are to a large extent). I for one am willing to accept the odd dodgy indpendent bottling (quite rare from the likes of duncan taylor, douglas laing, Scotts selection and the SMWS) given the wealth of wonderful whisky these guys have provided us with.