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An uplift in price around anniversary years is one of the five big myths around cask investment.

Learn why in this video and explore more below.

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Does Cask Value Increase at Anniversary Years?

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We can see why it may be easy to think that their must be an uplift in the value of whisky at anniversary years. Those are the ages you see on the shelves and so it stands to reason they must be more sort after. However, when it comes to selling your cask of whisky, anniversary years make no difference to the value.

It is far more important to sell your cask while it is healthy than to try and wait for anniversary years. The value of your cask will increase with age as your whisky matures, but the details from your regauge will have far more influence on the value of your cask rather than whether your cask is 14 or 15 years old.

You monitor the health of your cask using your regauge information (which we discuss in more information over on this video guide specifically about regauges) and in turn the regauge information will act as a guide as to whether to keep your cask or look at selling it. For example, whisky must have an ABV above 40%, so if your cask is 18 years old but the ABV is starting to drop into the mid to low 40’s then it would be better to sell your cask now rather than wait for it to reach 20 years and risk the ABV dropping below the legal level.

Selling a cask rather than bottling

You may notice that we mostly refer to selling your cask of whisky rather than bottling it. This is because we have found selling a cask in bond to be the most cost-efficient way of exiting an investment in cask whisky. This is simply because there are a lot of hidden costs associated with bottling that are not often made clear, these are discussed in video guide 2.

If you have a cask that you are considering selling please head to our dedicated sell your cask pages for more information on how we can help. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about buying a cask of whisky then you might also be interested in signing up for our free Cask Buying Guide. We created a free, 50-page magazine to help you make an informed decision about becoming a cask owner to decide whether buying a whole cask of whisky is right for you.

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Since 2016 our aim has been simple – to provide a trustworthy source of information to help people make sound decisions when they are selling their items. To date we have sold millions of pounds worth of antiques and whisky (both casks and bottles) for our clients. 

We’re now applying this same logic to help people invest in casks of whisky.  Rather than providing sales pitches disguised as educational material, it’s our mission to become the ultimate source of open and honest cask investment guidance.

The information you will find in OUR GUIDE, CASK VIDEOS, BLOG and CALCULATOR is all designed to help you make a balanced decision.  We would rather you knew all the facts and didn’t buy a cask than buy one based on ‘fake news’.