Thinking about buying a cask?
It’s every whisky connoisseur’s dream to own their very own cask of whisky. The sheer satisfaction of owning a cask from one of your dearest distilleries, savouring the pleasure of watching your whisky slowly mature, and knowing that you’ve got something here that’s really special – after all, every cask is truly unique.
The buying of casks has become an increasingly popular approach to investment and recently we have seen more and more examples entered for sale. The process might appear daunting to someone new to whisky casks, however, armed with the right information it is actually a very accessible and exciting opportunity. For more information, check out our step-by-step guide below on things to consider when buying whisky casks.
As one of the UK's leading online Scotch and rare whisky auctions, we often welcome entire casks of whisky to our monthly auctions.
Own a cask that you'd like to sell?
If you have a whisky cask that you are interested in selling, we’d love to help. When you sell your cask with Whisky Auctioneer you have access to an expert team of industry specialists with a proven track record of delivering results. We curate our auctions carefully to ensure that we showcase your whisky cask in the best way to our international network of buyers.
Get in touch today if you want to discuss selling your whisky cask further. Please note that we will require a Certificate of Ownership and a recent Re-Gauging of Cask.
Things to look for with whisky casks
CHECK THE LOT DESCRIPTION: Age, cask type and fill details should be present, along with the amount of liquid and alcohol by volume (ABV) found in the most recent re-gauging of the cask. Any fees applicable for transfer of ownership and ongoing storage will also be included.>
STORING YOUR CASK: Storage fees will be applicable and payable by a buyer. The distillery or storage facility can be contacted to request a regauge of the cask, that will confirm the bulk litres of spirit in the barrel and the ABV. Casks can lose around 2% per year through evaporation (the Angel’s Share) so it is worth requesting this regularly, but a charge is likely to be applicable f or this service.
KNOW YOUR REGULATIONS: Scotch Whisky Regulations have a long definition of ‘Scotch Whisky’ that you should be familiar with. One important aspect of the definition is that ‘whisky’ must be a minimum ABV of 40% - so keep an eye on that Angel’s Share!
BOTTLING THE WHISKY: VAT and alcohol duties become payable at the bottling stage and this is calculated per litre of pure alcohol present. Small-scale botting services can be provided by a variety of companies so get in touch if you need some suggestions. Exporting is only possible once the liquid has been bottled.