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Whisky Cask Investment Explained

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What is whisky cask investment?

When you invest in a cask, you buy the whisky while it’s maturing. You don’t just buy one bottle with a label. You get a cask full of whisky while it’s ageing. One cask might yield between 200 and 300 bottles. And, because the cask improves a whisky’s taste over time, the longer it’s in the cask, the more valuable it becomes.

Whisky casks are assets that appreciate over time.

How Whisky Cask Investment Works

Step 1: Select your casks

We’ll work with you to understand your investment goals. Based on your objectives, we’ll create a bespoke cask portfolio.

We use our network to source whisky casks ranging in age, region and distilleries to meet your goals.

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How Whisky Cask Investment Works

Step 2: Get Your papers

After you select your casks, we agree a price and prepare the paperwork for a simple transaction.

We’ll send you ownership documents concluding the trade.

How Whisky Cask Investment Works

Step 3: Store Your Cask

We will manage your casks in a bonded warehouse and pay storage and insurance for the first year.

We also provide a re-racking service if you want to give your cask a high-quality finish.

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Step 4: Get Your Return

The demand for whisky far outstrips supply, making it a lucrative investment. There are multiple exit strategies to meet medium-term and long-term investment goals.

We’ll help you choose the right cask.

WHY SHOULD YOU INVEST IN WHISKY CASKS

GOOD INVESTMENT RETURNS

Maturing casks have shown an average return of 8-9% per annum over the past decade.* There are few other tangible assets where you can expect that kind of growth.

The Scotch Whisky industry has had excellent performance in recent years; with export volumes rising 5.4% in 2019, following a 3.8% gain in 2018, 1.6% in 2017 and 2.8% in 2016.*

The steady growth of the whisky industry has lead to strong investment returns for casks. The trend suggests that as the industry continues to grow, we can expect casks of maturing whisky to continue to deliver strong returns for investors.  

* The Scotch Whisky Industry Review (Alan S. Gray)

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Are Whisky Casks A Good Investment?

CASK VALUE INCREASES OVER TIME

Whisky has growth potential because the whisky changes and improves each year. When you invest in an asset like gold, market forces are the only factors that control value.

Whisky increases in value year-on-year because it matures in the cask. The industry has invested millions in marketing and promotional campaigns. Increased customer demand for premium whisky makes owning a cask of maturing whisky a more appealing asset. The longer a cask matures in a warehouse, the more desirable it becomes. This has made whisky casks a good option for investors looking for medium or long term investments.

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Are Whisky Casks Safe?

ALL CASKS HAVE PROVENANCE

A maturing cask must rest in a government bonded warehouse. The government tracks every drop of whisky from the moment it’s distilled until it’s bottled. You can authenticate every bottle of scotch as genuine. Your asset can’t be falsified.

34 malt distilleries opened between 2012 and 2019, increasing the industry’s capacity from 296m Litres of Pure Alcohol to 395m in 2019.*

As the industry has grown, so has the UK Government's need to make sure the correct duty and tax is paid. This close government oversight benefits cask investors who can have confidence in the provenance of their investments

* The Scotch Whisky Industry Review (Alan S. Gray)

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What are the risks when buying casks?

Scotch is a tangible asset

There is limited downside risk to investing in whisky because it’s a physical asset with intrinsic value. And, we have full insurance which protects your asset while it’s in storage.

This insurance on a tangible asset decreases the downside risk.

Scotch whisky represents 12% of worldwide spirit beverage sales. 94% of scotch is sold abroad, which is equivalent to around 40 bottles every second.*

Whisky cask investors own a tangible asset with worldwide demand.

* The Scotch Whisky Industry Review (Alan S. Gray)

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How to sell a cask of whisky?

A Clear Exit Strategy

The market for whisky is dynamic. With active buyers all over the world, investors have many options to realise investment gains.

There are lots of options for cask investors to realise a return on their investment. We always work with clients to help them exit their investments to secure their returns. We have helped clients:

Sell their casks to private investors or collectors.

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