Ten Reasons to Invest in Cask Whisky

Ten Reasons to Invest in Cask Whisky


Is older whisky better than younger whisky?

  1. Whisky is a top-performing luxury investment and far outstrips the more established alternative asset investments such as art, wine and cars.
  2. Each cask is unique and only a limited number are available. No two casks will ever be the same.
  3. Time is on your side as whisky only matures in the cask. The more mature it gets the more valuable it becomes.
  4. There is no index or quoted market for whisky casks as each one is different.
  5. Cask Trade provides Complete transparency; we buy each cask first and all the paperwork, location and health of the cask is verified before it ever makes it onto the stock list.
  6. Trusted marketplace – Buyers can take Cask Trade’s WOWGR number, go to the warehouse and confirm the cask exists. Bonded warehouses check-in each cask and perform a ‘dip’ test to measure the level of alcohol. Every year, they are required to report to HMRC how many casks they have and the level of alcohol. Casks cannot be faked or fabricated.
  7. Casks are safer than storing bottles, so the only thing stealing your whisky is the angels!
  8. Whisky is a delicious asset and casks are a physical, tangible asset that you own. You can sample them, trade them or even bottle them!
  9. Investment Realisation: Cask Trade’s multiple exit strategies and global client base ensures a hassle-free exit from your investment.
  10. Cask Trade will arrange for clients to receive samples of their whiskies and visit their barrels(s), upon request, wherever possible.

Meet the Masters – Myriam Mackenzie

Meet the Masters – Myriam Mackenzie


Myriam's 'on the nose' when it comes to knowing her whisky...

Myriam’s ‘on the nose’ when it comes to knowing her whisky; in the latest edition of our ‘Meet the Masters’ series we’re focusing on one of our Sales & Marketing Executive Managers Myriam Mackenzie, who certainly knows her way around a cask!

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
Two months, but I’ve been working in whisky as a full time career coming up to seven years!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I grew up in the whisky region of Speyside with the iconic Strathisla Distillery quite literally on my doorstep! I actually first started working in whisky as a distillery tour guide when I was 18 at Glenfiddich distillery.
What attracted me to the whisky world is how internationally recognised Scotch whisky is, and how it opens doors to meeting people from so many different backgrounds and countries.
It was always inspiring to see visitors from all over the world visiting the local distilleries and appreciating their passion and love for Scotch whisky. It’s a really close knit industry full of history, amazing people and expertly crafted products.

What are your top three favourite whiskies and why?
1. Bowmore 1966 40 Year Old bottling by Duncan Taylor; one of the most tropical and memorable whiskies I’ve ever come across. I tried this at Sukhinder’s Old & Rare Show and it tastes like picking a ripe mango straight from the tree!
2. Rosebank 21 Year Old, The Roses Series, Innocence bottling by Elixir Distillers. Another tropical whisky and one of my all time favourites, which was bottled during my time at Elixir Distillers. Rosebank distillery is one of those long lost gems of the whisky industry – it is a really special whisky with notes of apricots and exotic flowers.

3. Springbank 1993 single cask. We just sold a cask of this last month and I thought it was absolutely gorgeous. Notes of stone fruits, peaches, sweet nectarines; basically another tropical paradise whisky!

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
I love the older whiskies matured in bourbon casks and packed with notes of tropical and stone fruits. Glenburgie is another great example of this type of flavour profile – which you can find various independent bottlings of – notably Signatory and Single Malts of Scotland.
The other flavour profiles I love are the dried fruits and spice you get from full on ‘sherrybombs’. I love a sherried Bunnahabhain, Aberlour A’Bunnadh or Glendronach, particularly the Glendronach 18 year old Allardice which is a ‘go-to’ whisky for me. Super fruity and indulgent, like black forest gateau with layers of cherries, stewed plums, prunes, blackberries and figs.
I enjoy lots of viscosity; chewy or oily whiskies are particularly memorable for me and aspects which I look for in general. I like to have a whisky I can sit with for hours.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
An Old Fashioned, preferably sipped in a whisky bar in Tokyo! I’ve never had an old fashioned that beats the expertise of the Japanese bartenders!

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
I prefer to try the whisky straight and thereafter add a drop of water to open up the aromas and flavours.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
I love the diversity of working with all types of single casks from over 60 distilleries. We are a small team of experts, all in love with whisky, with a rare privilege of being able to taste so many incredible whiskies from all over Scotland.
Every week we are buying stock and thanks to being so closely connected to the trade, we see such a diversity of casks coming from independent bottlers, blenders and private individuals as well as from the distilleries themselves.
We have no limitations of selling a brand or official bottling, it’s all about the quality of each individual cask and about offering a constantly evolving range of whiskies to our customers.

Cask Trade as a business is super flexible and we are very open minded; if a customer wants to sample, regauge, rerack or bottle their cask, we offer this service.
Whether you’re an investor looking at casks to sell and make a profit, a bottler or even an enthusiast looking for a unique cask to sell as a finished product,  we can look after the entire life cycle of a cask, making your journey memorable and fun.
We sell whisky for everyone; we cater for all budgets, with superb quality whisky starting from under £2k per cask, including old & rare casks which are globally sought after by independent bottlers and private investors.
We’ve had casks of Ardbeg from the ’80s, Bowmores and Glenlivets from the ’70s, Springbank from the 90s; we are privileged to have a truly unique list of casks which very few traders in the world could even dream of owning!

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
It’s a journey unlike anything else. Whisky is one of the few assets that appreciates in value with age; it’s a tangible commodity with real history and provenance. Scotch whisky is shipped to over 200 markets worldwide so the supply and demand element is huge for a small country like Scotland, with a population of five million and approx. 120 distilleries!
For those who drink whisky, it’s an investment which allows you to make a profit from a passion – you can even sample and visit your own cask. For those who are interested in whisky investment from a financial perspective, you can invest in a cask and sell it on again in five, 10 and 15 plus years and make a profit, with legitimate exit strategies as independent bottlers, collectors and enthusiasts.

To find out more about what Cask Trade can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact the team today and let’s talk whisky!

Meet the Masters – James Russell

Meet the Masters – James Russell


James on his boat, whisky in hand, in his natural habitat

We’re cordially inviting you to ‘Meet the Masters’ in our latest blog series to highlight why we’re truly the Masters of Whisky Appreciation. We’ll be delving into the minds of the people behind the casks, and finding out what fills their drams. Without further ado let’s talk Whisky!

James our Sales Manager and resident ‘Protégé’ gives us the lowdown on all things scotch and why he thinks Cask Trade is worth its weight in whisky.

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
I’ve worked for Cask Trade from the beginning – coming up to two years!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
Regular holidays to the Scottish Highlands – Glen Ord was the local distillery.

What are your top three favourite whiskies and why?
For everyday drinking, the Ben Nevis Traditional. It’s the ultimate ‘fireside’ whisky. Next up – something a little different; a most stunning single cask of Springbank  1993. It is the most vibrant Scotch I’ve ever tasted in my life. Finally, I’d have to go with a St Magdelene for pure complexity and balance – pure elegance.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
I personally love orange peel, toffee and earthy peat smoke.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
Old Fashioned, but made my way. Lightly peated Scotch Whisky, muscovado, angostura, stirred and served straight up in a chilled tumber with a twist of orange peel.

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
It depends, how many are we having? 😉

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
I really like the small, friendly and close-knit team of dedicated whisky professionals who all share the same passion.

To find out more about what Cask Trade can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact the team today and let’s talk whisky!

Discovering Glenrothes Distillery

Discovering Glenrothes Distillery

Glenrothes distillery (Glen-roth-ess, From ‘Gleann Rathais’, Rothes Valley), Macallan’s sister distillery, is built a short distance away in the picturesque Speyside town of Rothes. While it is not as well known, Glenrothes’ spirit is richer and more complex, and is aged in the same famous sherry casks as its illustrious relative. It is little wonder that Glenrothes is quickly becoming noticed by investors and independent bottlers alike, and prices have been rising very quickly.

A richly flavoured and complex malt, Glenrothes is a colourful Speyside distillery that ages the majority of its whiskies in large sherry butts. Due to its artisanal character, Glenrothes has developed a dedicated following, especially in east Asia where rich, sherried whiskies are in great demand.

Glenrothes bulbs

The distillery was built in 1878 by James Stuart & Co, who then also ran the nearby Macallan distillery. For the first 50 years, Glenrothes was hampered by a series of unfortunate events. The first whisky ran off the stills on the 28 December 1879, the same day as the Tay Bridge disaster.

Over-proof whisky is notoriously highly flammable, and at 100% proof, the distillery paid the price. Extension work began in 1896, but before the work was finished, a fire in December 1897 caused serious damage. The distillery saw further damage when a violent explosion shook Glenrothes in 1903.

Inside a cask

Then, in 1922, another fire in Warehouse Number One caused the loss of 910,000 L of whisky. The final fire in 1962 afforded the opportunity for expansion, and a further re-build in 1982 extended the still hall to five wash stills and five spirit stills.

Today, Glenrothes is part of the Edrington Group.

These incredible casks yield a huge number of bottles and can be bottled from 12 years upwards to 40 years. People often buy them after our client sells them and hang on for the next stage of their life. They can either change hands a number of times or be kept for the next generation before bottling. Ex-sherry barrels are an important component of any investment portfolio. We’ve got plenty of Glenrothes currently in stock!

Call our friendly team today on 0203 7463030 and let’s talk Glenrothes!

Glenrothes cask