Whisky Cask Ownership Guide

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Since our establishment in 2014 we have witnessed a shift in demand for whisky cask ownership, which over recent years has outperformed the FTSE and the London Property Market.

 

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Viticult Whisky

Welcome to Viticult. We are a London based Whisky Cask Brokerage and Official Sponsor of AFC Wimbledon. Since our establishment in 2014 we have overseen the combined purchase and sale of over 140,000 items. If you own an existing portfolio we would be happy to assist you in the management or sale of your portfolio. Click here to learn more about our non-client resale services.

 

Est. 2014

8 - 12% per annum

Entry £5,000

Tax Benefits

Exit Strategy

Whisky Cask Ownership Journey

Step One - Purchase

The journey begins with the purchase of a cask from a renowned Scottish Distillery. A “new fill” cask contains the liquor which will eventually mature into a Scotch Whisky. At this stage the contents of a cask is as clear as water and extremely high in alcohol content. Because it has not matured yet this the lowest price point of a cask. 

Step Two - Maturation

During the maturation process a cask will go through notable changes. The clear liquor will slowly absorb the colours from the oak cask it is stored in, overtime completely changing its appearance. The angels will begin to take their share. Around 2% of the spirit will be lost to evaporation each year. Put simply, the older a cask is, the less whisky there is to be bottled. This explains why older bottled whiskies are significantly more expensive.​ 

 
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Step Three - Realisation of Capital

5 years later, a cask which contained the raw materials has matured into a consumable Scotch Whisky and is ready for bottling. For a whisky to be deemed a Scotch, it must be distilled and matured entirely within Scotland. 

Viticult guarantees to assist in the resale of your casks. When the time comes to sell, we offer casks to Distilleries for bottling through our network. Often, the producer of a cask will insist on first refusal on buying a cask back. This puts our customers in a strong position from the get go.

Click here to learn more about the market's statistics.

 

Whisky Cask Inventory

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SPEYSIDE

BENRINNES

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GLENROTHES

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HIGHLANDS

CAOL ISLAY

ISLAY

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ISLANDS

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CAMPBLETOWN

BENRIACH

SPEYSIDE

GLENALLACHIE

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TEANINICH

HIGHLANDS

Whisky Cask Storage & Ownership

Storage & Insurance

 

To be legally classified a Scotch Whisky, casks must be held in Scotland for the entirety of their maturation period. Whisky casks asks are stored in Duty-Free Government Regulated Warehouses where they are also  insured. Storage and insurance costs between £50 - £80 per year. 

Transfer of Ownership

Whisky cask owners receive a Certification of Ownership outlining them as the exclusive owner. The certificate will also outline important information such as the unique cask number, the distillation date, alcohol levels and the warehouse it is stored in. Samples can be drawn upon request, although we advise disturbing the cask as little as possible to ensure optimum maturity. 

Export Value of Scotch Whisky 

Scotch Whisky is the most traded spirit internationally. It is worth £5 Billion to the British economy and makes up 21% of all UK food and drink exports. In value Scotch Whisky is bigger than the UK’s iron/steel, textiles, shipbuilding, or computer industries. It is around half the size of the UK’s pharmaceuticals or aerospace industries and is one third the size of the entire UK car industry. It is big business! 

The Future of the Scotch Whisky Market

Analysis by the UK government in 2019 concluded that Scotch Whisky exports to the US was the most valuable single market, generating over £1 Billion in revenue, a 12% increase on the previous year. Europe is the largest consumer of Scotch Whisky, generating £1.4 Billion in revenue. The FTSE 100 listed company Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits who owns brands such as Johnny Walker, have seen sales of Scotch Whisky jump by over 50% in the past five years.

2015 - 2025 Single Malt Whisky Market

The future of the Scotch Whisky Market looks very promising. The market is predicted to continue to rise over the next 5 years, as it has done historically. This growth is fuelled by changing lifestyles, high disposable incomes and an increasingly global demand for premium Scotch Whisky. 

This chart summarises the growth of the Single Malt Whisky Market in the United States between 2015 and the present day, as well as providing a prediction into the market’s future. Click here to learn more.

Whisky Cask Ownership Guide

Brochure has been sent by email

Since our establishment in 2014 we have witnessed a shift in demand for whisky cask ownership, which over recent years has outperformed the FTSE and the London Property Market.

 

Download our Whisky Cask Ownership Guide to learn more.