CASK WHISKY FAQ

How do I sell a cask of whisky?

We can provide you with a valuation of your cask and provide you with offers from our clients.  Valuations and offers are free of charge and there is no obligation to accept an offer.  Use this page to send us your details. 

How much is a cask of whisky worth?

The price of a cask depends on several factors.  The same way that two identical looking cars may have totally different service histories, two identical looking casks might have totally different contents.

The most important factors are the distillery, the age of the whisky and the number of litres remaining within the cask.  We can provide you with a valuation – more information here.

How much is in a barrel of whisky?

There are several sizes of barrels used in the making of Scotch whisky.  The most common are:

  • Quarter cask 45-50 litres
  • American Standard Barrel 190-200 litres
  • Hogshead 225-250 litres
  • Barrique 250-300 litres
  • Puncheon 450-500 litres
  • Butt 475-500 litres
  • Machine Puncheon 500 litres
  • Port Pipe 550-650 litres
  • Drum 600-650 litres

What is a cask of whisky?

A cask of whisky is a volume of whisky which is maturing in a barrel.  The barrels are made of oak and were most likely used for another purpose (such as making sherry or bourbon) before being filled with spirit.

What is a hogshead of whisky?

A hogshead is a type of barrel used to mature whisky.  It contains 225-250 litres of alcohol.

What is a hogshead cask?

A hogshead cash is a barrel made from oak used to mature Scotch whisky.  They are often build from staves previously used to make Bourbon casks and owing to their slightly larger size are ideal for maturing whisky for a long period of time.

What kind of barrels are used to make Scotch?

The barrels used to make Scotch whisky have often been previously used for making fortified wine, sherry, wine and spirits (such as rum and bourbon). 

Scottish whisky laws allow a barrel to be used more than once.  However, in American Bourbon casks can only be used once and consequently supplies a good number of casks to the whisky trade in Scotland.

Is Scotch aged in charred barrels?

Scotch whisky is aged in charred barrels for a number of reasons.  Most importantly, charring or toasting the cask converts the wood sugars into vanilla and caramel flavours. 

Are whiskey barrels charred?

Whisky barrels are charred by burning the inside of the barrel.  A long exposure to flames leaves the inside of the barrel like alligator skin and the surface is broken down.  Toasting a cask, often done when a cask is re-milled, is done for a much shorter period of time.

Why is whisky aged in oak barrels?

There are several reasons whisky is aged in oak barrels.  Firstly it is a strong an workable material, capable of being made into casks which can hold over 500 litres.  Secondly, the chemical compounds in the wood enhance the flavours of the whisky.

What does the age of a whisky mean?

The age of a whisky is the time the whisky was matured for in the barrel.  Once it has been bottled a whisky does not continue to age.

What is a first fill barrel?

Barrels or casks are often re-used in the whisky production process.  A first fill cask implies that it was the first time that particular cask had been used.  Subsequent uses of the cask draw less and less flavour from the cask and may be re-milled, revealing an entirely new surface in the cask.

What is a sherry oak?

Sherry oak means that the oak cask was originally used to mature sherry and are the most expensive types of cask used in the maturing of Scotch whisky.

What is a quarter cask?

A quarter cask is a cask of whisky that contains around 80 litres.  This compares to the standard Hogshead which contains around 225-250 litres.  They are used as they mature the whisky quicker and allow the distilleries to get more whisky to market.

What is a bourbon cask?

A Bourbon cask is a cask that has been used in the production of making bourbon whiskey.  Bourbon casks are made from American oak and charred on the inside.  The subsequent layer of charcoal acts as a filter, removing any impurities.  By law, a cask can only be used once to make bourbon.

What is the value of a cask of Springbank?

The value of a cask is like asking the value of a car.  You may have two identical looking Ferrari F40, for instance, but one may have only done 500 miles, the other 500,000 miles.  As such the value depends on what the mechanics of the car rather than just the appearance.

The value of a cask of Springbank depends on several factors:

  • Distillery
  • Age of whisky
  • Type of cask
  • Size of cask

You can read more about these factors HERE

What is the value of a cask of Macallan?

The value of a cask is like asking the value of a car.  You may have two identical looking Ferrari F40, for instance, but one may have only done 500 miles, the other 500,000 miles.  As such the value depends on what the mechanics of the car rather than just the appearance.

The value of a cask of Macallan depends on several factors:

  • Age of whisky
  • Type of cask
  • Size of cask

You can read more about these factors HERE

What is the value of a cask of Ardbeg?

The value of a cask is like asking the value of a car.  You may have two identical looking Ferrari F40, for instance, but one may have only done 500 miles, the other 500,000 miles.  As such the value depends on what the mechanics of the car rather than just the appearance.

The value of a cask of Ardbeg depends on several factors:

  • Age of whisky
  • Type of cask
  • Size of cask

You can read more about these factors HERE

How do I sell a cask of whisky?

We can provide you with a valuation of your cask and provide you with offers from our clients.  Valuations and offers are free of charge and there is no obligation to accept an offer.  Use this page to send us your details. 

How much is a cask of whisky worth?

The price of a cask depends on several factors.  The same way that two identical looking cars may have totally different service histories, two identical looking casks might have totally different contents.

The most important factors are the distillery, the age of the whisky and the number of litres remaining within the cask.  We can provide you with a valuation – more information here.

How much is in a barrel of whisky?

There are several sizes of barrels used in the making of Scotch whisky.  The most common are:

  • Quarter cask 45-50 litres
  • American Standard Barrel 190-200 litres
  • Hogshead 225-250 litres
  • Barrique 250-300 litres
  • Puncheon 450-500 litres
  • Butt 475-500 litres
  • Machine Puncheon 500 litres
  • Port Pipe 550-650 litres
  • Drum 600-650 litres

What is a cask of whisky?

A cask of whisky is a volume of whisky which is maturing in a barrel.  The barrels are made of oak and were most likely used for another purpose (such as making sherry or bourbon) before being filled with spirit.

What is a hogshead of whisky?

A hogshead is a type of barrel used to mature whisky.  It contains 225-250 litres of alcohol.

What is a hogshead cask?

A hogshead cash is a barrel made from oak used to mature Scotch whisky.  They are often build from staves previously used to make Bourbon casks and owing to their slightly larger size are ideal for maturing whisky for a long period of time.

What kind of barrels are used to make Scotch?

The barrels used to make Scotch whisky have often been previously used for making fortified wine, sherry, wine and spirits (such as rum and bourbon). 

Scottish whisky laws allow a barrel to be used more than once.  However, in American Bourbon casks can only be used once and consequently supplies a good number of casks to the whisky trade in Scotland.

Is Scotch aged in charred barrels?

Scotch whisky is aged in charred barrels for a number of reasons.  Most importantly, charring or toasting the cask converts the wood sugars into vanilla and caramel flavours. 

Are whiskey barrels charred?

Whisky barrels are charred by burning the inside of the barrel.  A long exposure to flames leaves the inside of the barrel like alligator skin and the surface is broken down.  Toasting a cask, often done when a cask is re-milled, is done for a much shorter period of time.

Why is whisky aged in oak barrels?

There are several reasons whisky is aged in oak barrels.  Firstly it is a strong an workable material, capable of being made into casks which can hold over 500 litres.  Secondly, the chemical compounds in the wood enhance the flavours of the whisky.

What does the age of a whisky mean?

The age of a whisky is the time the whisky was matured for in the barrel.  Once it has been bottled a whisky does not continue to age.

What is a first fill barrel?

Barrels or casks are often re-used in the whisky production process.  A first fill cask implies that it was the first time that particular cask had been used.  Subsequent uses of the cask draw less and less flavour from the cask and may be re-milled, revealing an entirely new surface in the cask.

What is a sherry oak?

Sherry oak means that the oak cask was originally used to mature sherry and are the most expensive types of cask used in the maturing of Scotch whisky.

What is a quarter cask?

A quarter cask is a cask of whisky that contains around 80 litres.  This compares to the standard Hogshead which contains around 225-250 litres.  They are used as they mature the whisky quicker and allow the distilleries to get more whisky to market.

What is a bourbon cask?

A Bourbon cask is a cask that has been used in the production of making bourbon whiskey.  Bourbon casks are made from American oak and charred on the inside.  The subsequent layer of charcoal acts as a filter, removing any impurities.  By law, a cask can only be used once to make bourbon.

What is the value of a cask of Springbank?

The value of a cask is like asking the value of a car.  You may have two identical looking Ferrari F40, for instance, but one may have only done 500 miles, the other 500,000 miles.  As such the value depends on what the mechanics of the car rather than just the appearance.

The value of a cask of Springbank depends on several factors:

  • Distillery
  • Age of whisky
  • Type of cask
  • Size of cask

You can read more about these factors HERE

What is the value of a cask of Macallan?

The value of a cask is like asking the value of a car.  You may have two identical looking Ferrari F40, for instance, but one may have only done 500 miles, the other 500,000 miles.  As such the value depends on what the mechanics of the car rather than just the appearance.

The value of a cask of Macallan depends on several factors:

  • Age of whisky
  • Type of cask
  • Size of cask

You can read more about these factors HERE

What is the value of a cask of Ardbeg?

The value of a cask is like asking the value of a car.  You may have two identical looking Ferrari F40, for instance, but one may have only done 500 miles, the other 500,000 miles.  As such the value depends on what the mechanics of the car rather than just the appearance.

The value of a cask of Ardbeg depends on several factors:

  • Age of whisky
  • Type of cask
  • Size of cask

You can read more about these factors HERE

What is my cask worth?

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. There is more information about each section below the form.

Cask Whisky Valuation Form