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Whisky Casks

One of the best performing alternative investment classes

 

"Over a decade whisky investors would have quintupled their money. That is a far better return than on most assets. Needless to say, global equities are well behind at 2.5 times."

Lex, FT.com, 30th Jan 2021

Introduction
Have you ever fancied owning a cask of whisky? If the answer is yes, then we can make that happen for you. If the answer is no, then perhaps you should consider it, as there is a great deal of synergy between buying wine to lay down and buying casks of whisky. A cask of whisky can be bought, stored and sold under bond, much in the same way as a case of wine. Taxes are only payable if the cask is bottled and delivered, again, the same as with a case of wine. Ultimately, the whisky can be either resold or bottled and enjoyed. You can buy a single cask for as little as £2500 or build a portfolio of multiple casks to suit any budget.

Perhaps most interesting are the returns, with casks capable of showing profit levels that are hard to beat and in a relatively short period of time.

 

Colin Hampden-White

Expertise
Farr Vintners is lucky enough to be great friends with one of the country's leading experts in whisky - Colin Hampden-White. You may have seen Colin on Amazon's The Three Drinkers. He is also chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers, having worked at The Scotsman, The Times, The FT and was the founding editor of Whisky Quarterly. In recognition of his services to the Scotch Whisky industry, he was also made a Keeper of the Quaich. Colin is our eyes and ears when it comes to finding the very best casks to put in front of our customers.

 

Why Buy Casks?
The cask market (and whisky in general) is going through a Golden Age. Bottles and casks of top distilleries are consistently breaking records at auction and a new article about whisky investment seems to appear almost daily in some publication or another. This explosion in popularity is understandable, given that whisky has been the top performing alternative asset class for the past two years. This success is not restricted just to the headline-grabbing top end of the market. As more and more people enter the market, drinkers and investors alike, the availability of casks at all levels decreases and therefore prices go up. It is a simple supply/demand scenario that has been tried and tested.

Liquid Gold

In a nutshell:

 

Casks lying at the distillery

How Does It Work?
* C  hoose your strategy - a budget, an investment period and, most importantly, exactly why you're buying (pure investment, drinking etc.)
* A  sk for advice - about which cask is best suited to your strategy. We have access to some truly wonderful whiskies and some unrivalled expertise.
* S  it Tight - wait whilst your cask matures, under bond, either at the distillery or in a Scottish Bond, legally in your ownership.
* K  eep waiting - older whisky tends to command higher prices so theoretically, the longer you wait, the more the profit could be.
S  ell - independent bottlers are always looking to buy casks of all ages and all quality levels. Other investors often take on casks from previous owners. Or you can bottle, drink and/or sell your cask (taxes and bottling costs apply).

 

Get Involved
Any customer of Farr Vintners can buy a cask from us. It will appear in your online portfolio along with your wines but will remain in a bonded warehouse in Scotland (a legal requirement). You will be invoiced per annum for storage and insurance, in the same way you're invoiced for your wines. When it comes to selling your cask, we can present you with the options and provide you with advice around the sale. 

 

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The list of casks on offer changes regularly and our current offer can be seen below. If there is anything specific you are looking for, or if you'd like advice on how to build a portfolio, please email us at casks@farrvintners.com.

 

Please note that whisky casks cannot be bought including taxes and must be bought under bond.

Glen Moray (Speyside)
Category Vint. Name Size Cs Bts Price
IB
GBP
Per
Cask Whisky2010Glen Moray Cask #800624 (Barrel, Age of Youngest Spirit - 10.11.2010, Litres of Alcohol - 102.4, Re-Gauged, Est 252bts, 57.7%)Cask17,000.00cask7000.000000Glen Moray Cask #800624 (Barrel, Age of Youngest Spirit - 10.11.2010, Litres of Alcohol - 102.4, Re-Gauged, Est 252bts, 57.7%)0

Spirits are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Colin says:

"This whisky is seen as one of the best value single malt whiskies. Previously having been owned by LVMH, it is also recognised to be great quality. Because of this it is very well known, whilst also having a reputation with whisky drinkers for creating very good experimental whiskies. Premium releases have been finished in many different wine and fortified wine casks. It is the only whisky distillery owned by La Martiniquaise and they don’t release many casks to the open market, which means that this whisky will always be in demand."

Craigellachie (Speyside)
Category Vint. Name Size Cs Bts Price
IB
GBP
Per
Cask Whisky2012Craigellachie Cask (Hogshead, Age of Youngest Spirit - 07.05.2012, Litres of Alcohol - 139.0, Re-Gauged, Estimated 331bts, 60.0%) NewCask18,700.00cask8700.000000Craigellachie Cask (Hogshead, Age of Youngest Spirit - 07.05.2012, Litres of Alcohol - 139.0, Re-Gauged, Estimated 331bts, 60.0%)0

Spirits are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Colin says:

"Craigellachie is fast becoming a cult whisky within the whisky-loving community. It is seen as a whisky with a difference. Big and bold in style, the marketing brings a different style too, with all the aged releases being at odd numbers: 13 and 17 for example rather than more traditional age points of 12 and 18. Independent bottlings of Craigellachie are becoming harder to find. Bottlers also like it as it can be bottled from a young age but can also mature for an exceedingly long time. The oldest expression released by the distillery is 51 years old."

 

Royal Brackla (Highland)
Category Vint. Name Size Cs Bts Price
IB
GBP
Per
Cask Whisky2012Royal Brackla Cask #120000324 (Hogshead, Age of Youngest Spirit - 30.04.2012, Litres of Alcohol - 158.1, Original, Est 355bts, 63.6%)Cask18,650.00cask8650.000000Royal Brackla Cask #120000324 (Hogshead, Age of Youngest Spirit - 30.04.2012, Litres of Alcohol - 158.1, Original, Est 355bts, 63.6%)0

Spirits are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

BenRiach (Speyside)
Category Vint. Name Size Cs Bts Price
IB
GBP
Per
Cask Whisky1997BenRiach Cask (Hogshead, Age of Youngest Spirit - 22.01.1997, Litres of Alcohol - 81.1, Re-Gauged, Estimated 180bts, 64.4%) NewCask125,600.00cask25600.000000BenRiach Cask (Hogshead, Age of Youngest Spirit - 22.01.1997, Litres of Alcohol - 81.1, Re-Gauged, Estimated 180bts, 64.4%)0

Spirits are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

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