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 it is not classed as a Scotch Whisky which makes 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.
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.
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.