The Macallan Gran Reserva 18 Year Old series is an instantly recognisable classic from Macallan. The series ran from 1997 to 2002, with vintage statements of 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982. The series was created to showcase the heavily sherried whiskies that Macallan has become famous for, being one of the only Scottish distilleries to […]
Whatever whisky you prefer, whether you drink it straight, with ice, served with a mixer or prefer to keep it for your collection, it all has one thing in common; it comes in a bottle. Whisky bottle sizes have been standardised since the turn of the 20th century. However, the humble whisky bottle has as […]
Cognac is an extremely old and extremely luxurious beverage that dates back to 17th century France. A fruity concoction made from distilled grapes, the drink has been a firm favourite of spirit lovers for many years. Cognacs have become known for their extreme age statements, with some Cognac bottles containing spirit that is over 100 […]
A lot of people are now looking at casks as an alternative investment; no doubt as someone who has shown an interest in whisky or whisky investments your Facebook feed is littered with promotions about cask investments. However, whatever knowledge you have about bottles of whisky, it is important to understand that there are fundamental […]
The Macallan Easter Elchies is perhaps one of the best known, and also one of the most collectible, series of Macallan bottlings ever released. Made to honour the Easter Elchies estate, and the historic Easter Elchies house that has become a symbol of Macallan, the series contains a number of bottlings that often sell for […]
You will be excused for not noticing the undramatic end of the transition period of the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of 2020. After all, most of the UK had other things to worry about, namely working out what tier they were in, and what that meant, and since then dealing with […]
There are many ways that you can sell your whisky online, including through online brokers, retailers, or through an online auction. However, selling whisky on eBay is no longer an option due to strict licensing laws surrounding the sale of alcohol.
The Port Ellen Annual Releases, bottles 1 to 17, make up one of the most collectible whisky series in the world. Starting in 2001 and ending in 2017, the series consists of 17 annual releases of aged stock from the mothballed Port Ellen distillery. Port Ellen distillery was mothballed in 1983 and has developed something […]
Bourbon and single malt Scotch whisky. The two may seem very similar on the surface, but in reality, they are two very different spirits with different flavours, styles, distillation and maturation processes, and geographical ties. In terms of the collectors’ market bourbon is neither as valuable nor as collectible as Scotch whisky. There are various […]
Buying a cask of whisky can seem like a daunting prospect to those who are not aware of the process. However, when done correctly and with all of the right information it can be a very rewarding journey. That is why we aim to make the process as simple as possible. We have put together […]
The Macallan Diamond Jubilee is one of the most collectible bottles of Macallan due to its celebratory nature. The whisky was distilled and bottled in celebration of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne in February 1952. But which date in February?
The Macallan Diamond Jubilee was released in 2012 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign and featured a number of homages to Her Majesty, including being filled at 52% ABV as a reference to the year of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne in 1952, and the whisky was drawn from its cask on February […]
Laphroaig distillery is somewhat notorious for changing the design of its labels multiple times in the same decade. These changes can be drastic, or something as small as the position of the ABV on the label. These small details can sometimes make it difficult to date Laphroaig bottles. And, as the age of the bottle […]
In October 2020 Glenrothes distillery reached new heights in their journey toward super premiumisation when they released The Glenrothes 50-year-old, the most expensive and exclusive bottling ever released by the distillery.
One of the phrases that we come across regularly when speaking with people who are looking to buy casks, or own a cask already is ‘naming rights’. Naming rights refer to whether or not a private individual or independent bottler has the right to put the name of the distillery onto a bottle of whisky […]
The Macallan Handwritten Label bottles are some of the most sought-after Macallan bottles in the world. The series consists of five expressions with five different vintage statements: a 1938, 1940, 1950, 1957, and a 1973. The 1973 is particularly rare, having been bottled exclusively for the 10th anniversary of the Opimian Society, an exclusive wine […]
The Macallan 25-year-old Anniversary Malts are among the most famous and sought-after bottles of Macallan. The oldest vintage statement in the series is 1957 and the youngest is 1975. There are also a number of non-vintage statement bottlings in the series. Each whisky was aged for at least 25 years before being bottled by the […]
What Is A WOWGR? One of the questions that we get asked the most in terms of cask investment is: what is a WOWGR and do I need one in order to buy a cask? The short answer is, yes, if you are a revenue trader. No, if you are a private individual. In this […]
Whisky barrels can be a great investment when done correctly. At every point in the investment, you must make sure you are in the know about how to buy a cask at the right price, how ownership is transferred, and which distilleries to buy from. That is why we have written this article: to make […]
The Macallan Edition Series is an opulent range of six annual releases by Macallan. Each edition is a mix of several different casks, intended to showcase the range of Macallan’s abilities and ways of producing luxury whisky. The last instalment was released just last month (October 2020). So, now that the last bottle has been […]