Thinking of making a whisky investment in 2024? In recent years, alternative investments have thrived under changing economic conditions. Many people have begun to buy whisky and tie up their capital in tangible assets. The question is…which asset? Should you invest in whisky casks or whisky bottles? Whisky casks and whisky bottles represent two very different […]
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has issued an enforcement notice to whisky cask investment companies, demanding greater transparency in their advertising. This directive, effective from January 2, 2024, aims to ensure that consumers are not misled and are fully informed about the risks and details of such investments. The notice requires that advertisements must clearly […]
Whisky enthusiasts are often drawn to cask investment. The chance to own and bottle a cask of whisky is a whisky-lovers dream! However, whether your cask purchase is for investment purposes or for drinking purposes, you must be aware of the costs of bottling a cask of whisky before you choose an eventual exit strategy. […]
One question we often get asked is whether casks or bottles are the best whisky investment. Well, the answer depends on you. Below we’ll run through the things you need to consider when you are deciding if casks or bottles are the best whisky investment for your needs.
The start of 2023 has seen cask investment under the spotlight as BBC Radio 4 and now The Telegraph have covered the liquid alternative asset. The February 2023 Telegraph article is titled “Avoid being caught over a barrel, whisky investors told” follows on from the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme’s “The Wild West of Whisky: […]
A delivery order is the industry standard way of transferring ownership of a cask between two people. It is a document signed by the seller and the buyer and acknowledged by the warehouse where the cask is stored. The legal requirement for a delivery order was revoked in 2006, however it still remains the industry […]
In January 2023 we were thrilled to be part of the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme’s The Wild West of Whisky: From Cask Investment to Dram Scams. This is a really important listen for anyone interested in cask investment, or just whisky investment in general and it was our pleasure to be involved.
Recently a cask of Ardbeg was reported to have sold for £16,000,000 – this is not the case though, and in the video Mark explains why. We are generally conditioned to believe what the media reports is true. In this case the media were not technically wrong but without a full understanding of the costs […]
[Updated Jan 2023] There is no perfect time to sell a cask of whisky as no two casks are the same. When deciding when to sell your cask you should start by answering these questions: What is the health of your cask? How long have you had the cask? How old is your cask? Question one is […]
If you are thinking of buying a whisky cask, you may be wondering whether to go for an ex sherry cask. This video and blog will help you decide whether a sherry cask is for you. The first thing to understand is what a sherry cask actually is in today’s whisky market. You may want […]
We all know and love sherried whisky, but what exactly is a sherry cask? In this video we take a deep dive into the history of sherry casks and their use in the whisky industry.A big thank you again to Speyside Cooperage for hosting me. Do check it out if you ever find yourself up […]
The Lucky Owners Of Springbank Casks: Everything You Need To Know About The Springbank Cask Ownership Scheme
Springbank is one of the most valuable Scotch whiskies, producing a small amount of highly sought after single malt. If you were lucky enough to buy a cask from the distillery in the 1990s or early 2000s your cask may be worth over £200,000. But how exactly did people get their hands on a whole […]
[updated January 2024] If you are a whisky lover chances are that at some point you have considered the benefits of owning your very own cask of whisky. As well as buying a cask through a broker like us in 2024 it is still possible to buy casks direct from some distilleries.
If you are looking to buy a cask of whisky in 2022 there are 6 things to think about before you buy. Casks of whisky continue to show appeal as long term investments but with more and more options coming to the market you need to be sure you are keeping abreast of the potential […]
A duty representative is someone authorised by HMRC to act as an agent for non-UK based businesses involved in the buying, selling and storage of duty suspended goods in UK excise warehouses. The full details of duty representatives, warehousekeepers and registered owners and what they can and cannot do, are described in Statutory Notice 1999 […]
The issue of fraudulent cask investment has been receiving traction in the press for a few months now, with cask ownership transfer and misleading information being the subject of articles in Forbes, Cask & Still Magazine, and Whisky Magazine. Now, financial website This Is Money has picked up on the issue. In an article called […]
In recent weeks, journalist Felipe Schrieberg has written an article for Forbes discussing the top four tips to avoid cask investment scammers and features Mark Littler as an industry expert. The article highlights the main areas of potential risk when choosing to invest in whisky casks, and these areas are in strong alignment with the […]
What The Industry Experts Are Saying About Cask Investment (spoiler: they all say to get a delivery order)
For over two years we’ve been instrumental in the education of consumers on the logistics of cask ownership. Specifically, the focus has been on the importance of receiving a delivery order. The signing and acknowledgement of a delivery order by the seller of the cask, the buyer of the cask, and the warehouse keeper at […]
So, you’ve bottled your cask of whisky. That’s great! But do you have the naming rights to your cask? Trademark law means that you cannot call the whisky ‘Highland Park’ or ‘Caol Ila’ (depending on which distillery your cask is from) without the naming rights to your cask. Even if you are not planning on […]