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. 

Learn more about Scotch Whisky production here


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.

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