As part of our ongoing video guide series about selling casks of whisky we have made a short video about the two things you need to do before you sell as cask of whisky.
There are two things that you need to do before you sell a cask of whisky and the first thing is to get the cask regauged. There’s no answer to “what a cask of whisky is worth”, but there is an answer to a question such as “what is 200 litres of 12 year old Bruichladdich worth that’s 63.5% ABV”.
So when you get your cask regauged, the details that you’ll get back will tell you how many litres of liquid are in the cask and at what the alcoholic strength is. That is the most important factor because we’re not bothered about the cask. It’s so much as how much whisky is within that cask.
The cask does have a bearing on the price, but more importantly, you’ve got to have a solid amount of liquid within that cask in order to get the cask valued.
The second thing you need is a sample and at the same time as requesting the regauge, you may as well request a sample because the operative has to go to that cask to do the regauge anyway.
A sample is only needed to provide a photograph to the interested parties so that they can see how the colour of the whisky and therefore how active that cask has been. And then once an offer has been accepted, it’s then commonplace to send that sample to the buyer in order for them to confirm their purchase. It’s not needed to be sent out before you get offers in. And that’s an important point to make and we cover this in another video.