Your own cask of Scotch Whisky

A cask or a private bottling of single malt whisky can be an exclusive present for a birthday, the foundation of a company or an anniversary… and provide the special “spirit” to celebrate your event.
There are only a few whisky makers left who offer individuals or whisky clubs to buy casks as a longterm investment, and we can help you find the right choice for you.

Depending on the whisky brand and maturity of the product in the cask - whether is fresh spirit or already aged whisky - the initial investment might be fairly moderate. It will usually include storage for the first 10 years. In addition, buyers should plan for costs for drawing occasional samples to check the maturing progress, the final bottling, applicable taxes and transport.

If the final destination of the whisky is outside of the UK, different regulations might apply for bringing it into the country and it is advisable to contact a specialised whisky importer early on.

Sample calculation for a private cask of whisky

So what would it cost to buy your own cask of whisky?

It will depend on a number of factors, such as

  • general availability of the distillery's whisky from which you want your private cask
  • the size and type of the cask you are looking for (quarter cask, hogshead, barrel... bourbon or sherry re-fill etc.)
  • if it is a freshly filled or already a few years matured cask of whisky
  • applicable taxes, fees, handling costs

Thus, the following sample calculation may give you only a general idea based on a standard cask of a "not-too-famous" whisky:

Sample calculation

Whisky-Cask
e.g. 200 l Bourbon-Barrel

approx. yield of bottles230

Initial investment

2.500 €

Bottling (bottles, labels, corks, handling)1.750 €
Transport   250 €
Taxes on alcohol (Germany)* at 60 vol%1.260 €
Net cost5.760 €

Total cost incl. 19% VAT  (Germany)

6.855 €

It covers average costs and taxes as of summer 2018. Any particular cask will need to be re-calculated based on the actual cost situation at the time of offer.

And after all, we must not forget that a cask of whisky is a raw food product, subject to a multitude of environmental effects during the maturing process: The angels' share will take its toll in quantity as well as %vol, and you won't know the exact output of litres until the bottling. During the maturing process you would want to get an occasional sample from your cask to see how the whisky matures and decide when you want it to come out of the cask.

As with wine you cannot predict if the outcome will be a very special vintage. But unlike wine, a Scotch Single Malt will not have to be poured away because it is corky. If it does not develop in the way you like, you might want it finished in another cask (e.g. port or sherry) or may sell it back to the distillery for blending or to private bottlers.
 

Do you want to buy or sell a cask of whisky?

Don't hesitate to contact us if you are looking for your own private cask or bottling of single malt. And should you already be the proud owner of a whisky barrel and need help in organising the bottling or sale, we are here to support you with that as well.