Whisky Cask Ownership Journey

The Journey begins with the purchase of a cask from one of the most renowned Scottish distilleries. Using our contacts we are able to source exceptional casks at the best prices.

At this stage a 'new fill' cask contains the liquor that will eventually evolve into a Scotch Whisky. The contents is as clear as water, and extremely high in alcohol content.

 

Because the cask hasn't developed into Whisky yet, you are able to purchase a cask at it's lowest price point.

Between the second and third year the cask will be going through notable changes. The clear liquor will be slowly absorbing the colour from the oak cask, changing it's appearance slightly. The alcoholic content has dropped a little, but not quite enough to be bottled for consumption. 

The angels have begun to take their share. Around 2% of the spirit is lost to evaporation each year. This explains why aged whisky is so expensive. Put simply, there isn't much left to bottle.

You are now one year away from a finished whisky that can be sold or bottled. The liquor has nearly developed into a consumable product. The alcohol content is at consumable levels and the once clear liquor, which resembled water in appearance in the first year, is now golden in colour. 

The whisky cask has been stored in ideal conditions within a specialist bonded (duty exempt) warehouse in Scotland. The maturation has been overseen by an expert. 

Year 1

Year 2 - 3

Year 4

Year 5

You now own a  consumable scotch whisky which is more valuable than clear liquor it begins life as. Your cask has now developed into a product which can be sold to a distillery or bottled by yourself personally. 

It takes a minimum of 5 years maturation before a whisky can be bottled. However, there is no obligation to sell or bottle at this stage. The longer a cask is held, the better and more expensive the whisky becomes. 

And beyond...

It is not uncommon for cask owners to hold their casks for 10 years or more. The older a cask, the more valuable it becomes.