Meet the Masters – Alan Ng

Meet the Masters – Alan Ng

Alan


As the newest member of the Cask Trade family, Alan is helping John Wong head up our new Hong Kong office and is joining us as a Sales & Marketing Executive and fellow Whisky nerd.

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
I started working in Cask Trade at the end of July. So I have worked for almost a month!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I joined a wonderful whisky tour when I was traveling in Edinburgh. That was the first time I tried single malt Scotch Whisky and I have fallen in love with whisky ever since.

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
1. Caol Ila from Scotland
It has a taste of soft smoke and peat which makes a perfect balanced whisky.
2. Cooley from Ireland.
Irish Whiskey often gives a smooth mouthfeel and elegant fruit flavour because of its unique triple distilled method.
3. Kavalan from Taiwan
Kavalan whisky provides a strong oaky and spicy flavour, especially those matured in a sherry cask. You will definitely love it if you are a sherry-casked whisky lover.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
It is really hard to pick one favourite because I like many of them. But if I really had to choose one, it would be peat.
I would say the taste of the whisky is the most important for me. Every single whisky has its own distinctive taste because of its uniqueness. I will never get tired of having whisky every day.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
My favourite whisky cocktail would be an Old Fashion. I like the flavour when the whisky is mixed with the bitters, it tastes so amazing!

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
It depends. Straight cask strength can give you a strong, powerful and full flavour of the whisky, meanwhile, whisky with water has a nice elegant and comfortable taste. So, why not both?

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
I like working with the people here in Cask Trade, very friendly and helpful to each other.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
Whisky Casks are really a nice long-term investment as older whiskies are getting more and more rare and expensive, so it would be a very good foresight to invest in Whisky Casks.

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 – Hugh Troup

Meet the Masters – Hugh Troup

Meet the Masters - Hugh Troup

From juvenile pallet to Whisky Master, new Sales & Marketing Executive Hugh Troup explains how whisky lit a fire in his belly fairly early on, influencing his decision to follow his passion.

How long have you worked for Cask Trade? 

Two weeks now and loving every minute!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
My Godfather purchased a cask of whisky when I was born and 14 years later had it bottled. He let me try a sample when I turned 18 and I must admit, I thought it was way too rich and powerful for my delicate, juvenile palate…! As the years went by and my skill and knowledge increased, I was digging through some old boxes and found he had left me two cases of the stuff! I examined the bottle again, opened a fresh one up was delighted to sample this independently bottled 14-year-old Springbank at 56% ABV. This experience lit a fire in my belly (metaphorically and literally speaking) and drove me onward to learn and develop my knowledge further. 

What are your top three favourite World Whiskies and why?
What are your top three favourite songs? It’s an impossible question for me as my palate is always changing but there are some drams that I’ll always fall back on -1994 Tomatin Single Cask 21-year-old, Laphroaig Lore, and Highland Park 18-year-old are just brilliant, always. 

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of Whisky are the most important for you?
Flavour-wise, I love Islay Peat; that rich iodine, seaweed brine and oily smoke is just iconic and instantly recognisable. I also love anything that is all vanilla and cream-soda, and finally I love a nutty rancio flavour. For me the texture of the dram is definitely up there, I love the broad spectrum you can get so long as it’s not confused and muddled.

Your favourite Whisky cocktail?
Blood & Sand, unusual but a good one is a real delight. 

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Always straight from the cask for me, then add some water after to open it up and explore the more subtle and nuanced flavours.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
The people. The team’s passion, knowledge and humour are infectious, and I’m enthralled by the day-to-day conversations, debates and wit that fly around the office.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
Because it’s exciting, lucrative and an ever-evolving investment. There are few other alternative investments out there that you can watch mature over the years, sample and quite literally taste the fruits of your labours!

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!

Simon & Lee’s Whisky Wanderings

Simon & Lee’s Whisky Wanderings


Lee & Simon at Speyside Distillery

Yesterday Phil Huckle, our newly-appointed intrepid reporter finally managed to sit down for a few minutes with MD Simon Aron. They discussed his recent trip to Scotland with fellow director Lee Tomlinson.

PhilSimon thanks for finding the time to finally sit down and discuss your trip.

Simon: You’re very welcome.

Phil: Right first question. How was Scotland? You were away for a week

Simon: Of course, the trip was incredibly enjoyable. We went for three very important reasons. First, to visit our partners and suppliers who pre pandemic we were visiting nearly every month or two. Unfortunately, we had not been able to see them since September /October last year. I cannot emphasise enough how good relations with these people are so fundamental to our continued success. I might send you one day…!

Phil: I thought I was going to visit our rum suppliers in the Caribbean as that is such an expanding part of our business?

Simon: Me too! Secondly, we went to see three organisations which are building warehouses. There is a real shortage in Scotland right now.

Phil: I didn’t know that.

Simon: Yes, and they are not easy to build as well as there are a lot of planning regulations, health and safety rules and of course the involvement with HMRC. 

Phil: And thirdly?

Simon: We also went to view some bottling plants. We want to help our customers with a faster more seamless bottling process. Customer service in terms of what we offer, and the efficiency of our processes is at the heart of everything we do.

 Phil: So where did you visit in Speyside?

Speyside Distillery Stills

Simon: It was fantastic to visit the Speyside distillery who provide the Trilogy Series for us. They have a wonderful operation producing very high-quality liquid. Of course, it was also lovely to meet all the staff there. It was interesting to find out that their fermentation time is 120 hrs which is very long compared to the average of many other distilleries. This we think leads to the quick maturation in the cask. The whisky tastes amazing even at just three years old.

 The backdrop of the distillery was the snow-capped Cairngorm mountains – just stunning! For reference The Cask Trade Trilogy series provides the opportunity for our customers to invest in three casks of new make spirit. They are aged in a first fill bourbon, refill sherry hogshead and a port barrique. They are selling out so fast!

Phil: Anywhere else of interest?

Simon: We also managed to spend some time in the famous whisky towns of Elgin, Craigellachie & Rothes. Plus, a trip to see our good friend Matteo at the Speyside Whisky Shop in Aberlour. This is one of the finest whisky shops in Scotland. I always buy a few bottles there and on the trip in general! I managed to pick up a 30yr Highland Park amongst many other great bottlings.

Phil: Any highlights on the trip?

Simon: It would have to be staying at the cottage right next to the still room at the Speyside distillery. We had the River Tromie running close by and in the morning, you can hear the river plus the distillery in operation. With that the wonderful smell of the malted barley combined with the fresh fragrant mountain valley air. Truly incredible!

Speyside Distillery Exterior

Phil: Bit different to Regent St then?

Simon: Quite. Oh, I should also mention we had a great meal at the Macdonald Resort in Aviemore. Plus, the oysters at the White Horse in Edinburgh were also impressive and I can highly recommend Café Andaluz in Edinburgh.

Phil: Agreed that place is very impressive. Ok last question. How was Glasgow & Edinburgh plus anything else you’d like to mention?

Simon: We went to see our friends at Cadenhead & Royal Mile Whiskies. Managed to buy a very interesting Kilchoman finished in Mezcal casks.

Phil: That’s very interesting and quite unusual but makes sense as Mezcal can be quite smoky.

Simon: I bought some brilliant artwork for the Regents St tasting room. It is a distillery map in a cartoon version of the Tower of Babel. Even a philistine like you Phil might appreciate it.

Phil: We’ll see…

Simon: Overall a great trip! Really positive for the business. I’ll also point out that most of Speyside and Glasgow was under level three restrictions so restaurants couldn’t sell alcohol or serve food after 8pm! So, no jolly. It is in fact always a pleasure to be in Scotland and I’ve really missed seeing everyone. Hopefully we’ll be travelling up there a lot more in the near future.

Phil: Thanks Simon that was great.

Simon: I think we should open up that Kilchoman Mezcal finish… don’t you?

Bottle of Kilchoman

About the Cask Trade Trilogy: A limited-edition trio of casks, (only £5,000 for the set) available in three unique expressions – Bourbon, Sherry and Port Matured. The creation of this Trilogy is a first for Cask Trade and a truly exceptional opportunity for whisky enthusiasts and investors alike.

Using new make spirit distilled at the award-winning Speyside Distillery in Kingussie, Scotland, each customer will be able to purchase just one cask of each expression. We will travel on this journey with you, arranging samples at the different stages of maturation to provide you with a unique tasting experience. So don’t miss this opportunity to play your part in something truly exceptional. To find out more, get in touch today.

Meet the Masters – Phil Huckle

Meet the Masters – Phil Huckle

Phil Huckle

No stranger to the whisky world, reputable Brand Ambassador Phil Huckle is the latest Master to join our ever-growing team of whisky nerds.

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?

1 day, 4 hrs and 50mins and counting….

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?

I moved to Austin Texas when I was 21 and many of my new Texan friends drank Scotch so I was influenced by them and grew to love it from there…!

What are your top three favourite World Whiskies and why?

Balvenie 21yr Port Word, Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask & The Glenlivet 18yr. I generally prefer whiskies which are rich sweet, fruity and aged for a decent amount of time in sherry or port casks. The Kavalan distillery makes some fantastic expressions and the whisky ages very quickly in Taiwan as it has a tropical climate. I was fortunate to visit the distillery a few years back and has been a favourite ever since.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?

As above the Speyside style really suits my pallet and I love the rich fruity dry nutty flavours that come from sherry casks or with a port cask finish.

 Your favourite Whisky cocktail?

For many years it was a ‘blood & sand’ but these days I am very fond of the whisky highball, especially if it is made correctly. It needs very good quality ice and chilled glasses and must be stirred for a decent amount of time. It was visiting various bars in Tokyo two years ago that got me hooked. The Japanese bartenders have turned making this simple elegant drink into an art form.

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?

For me definitely with water. I generally start with one drop and build up from there and taste and nose the whisky at different ABVs. Every whisky will thus have a sweet spot which is then perfect for your individual pallet. I can’t drink whisky at 60+ % neat, not much anyway!

What do you like most about Cask Trade?

It’s a small growing reputable company which has established itself in a really exciting growing part of the industry. Just as important is that it’s a really nice group of people that are fun to work with.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?

It’s a very safe investment with really good growth. As the casks mature the value of the whisky increases. An example of this is a bottle of 18yr old single malt scotch will always cost a lot more than its younger 12yr old cousin. The same applies to casks. Scotch whisky has global appeal around the world and sales are expanding on nearly every continent. Also, you don’t have to cash in your investment…. you can drink it!

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 – John Wong

Meet the Masters – John Wong

John and his dram

Friendship and bar-hopping with whisky nerds in his hometown in Hong Kong are the two things that first ignited Sales & Marketing Executive John’s passion for whisky…

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?

“I started in September 2020.”

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
“Friendship. It all started a few years ago; I use to go bar-hopping almost every other day back in Hong Kong. Gradually became very good friends with some local whisky lovers and bar owners. Some of them have later become mentors of my whisky journey, and I am always grateful for that. Whisky is our common language and it is simply an inseparable part of my life now.”

What are your top three favourite Scotch whiskies and why?
“Bowmore “Bicentenary”, #315, 56.2%, bottled for Federico Minetti.
To me, this bottle represents the pinnacle of whisky-making – unrivalled distillate from 1960s Bowmore, perfect balance of age and cask influence. It was also a pioneering move to bottle this at cask strength single cask at that time (1979). A truly captivating liquid gem, powerful and explosive, a symphony of phenolic fatty peat, exotic fruit bomb, quince jelly, brine, with an oily body like an ointment that cures everything.”

“Ledaig 2008/2018 53.3%.
This is the first cask I have ever bottled myself – sentimental value, and of course really good liquid as well!”

“Port Charlotte 2011 Single Cask.
Also a first – the first cask I bought from my boss Simon Aron! This cask is still maturing gracefully in Scotland, I truly believe Port Charlotte is producing very promising whisky, that could potentially become legendary malts. There are often malty notes, dry hay, oiliness, farmy hints accompanied by ashy peat smoke in Port Charlotte – no wonder some connoisseurs call Port Charlotte “mini-Brora’!”

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
‘Hanyu’ 131.2″ ‘Magic carpet in a sweetie shop’ bottled by the SMWS.
A magical whisky indeed, you either love it or hate it. It is very heavily sherried which I am normally not particularly fond of, but this bottle presents waves after waves of savory sherry notes: leather, tobacco, liquorice, plum jam, dried dates… the list goes on and on!”

“Teeling 1991 49.8% bottled for The Whisky Exchange.
This is fruit punch and liquid dessert – pure fruitiness and happiness.”

“Smögen 2011/2019, 62.2%, OB single cask for Sweden.
An intriguing young whisky from Sweden. It surprisingly resembles an aged Highland malt – gentle smoke, oily, minerals, sandalwood, and hints of yellow fruits. Very interesting!”

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
“There are a few flavour profiles that hit the sweet spot for me: guava and ripe mangoes for fruity whiskies; lapsang souchong (woodfire-smoked black tea), kippers and tar for sherried peaty drams; I also particularly enjoy whiskies which I describe as having “old-school” Highland genes: beeswax, dry hay, minerals and a hint of smoke. I can be annoyingly picky when it comes to whisky!”

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
“A Talisker 10 yo Mint Julep – if you’re putting up with Hong Kong’s heat and humidity you probably would have picked the same. I prefer using Talisker to the traditional bourbon, the extra maritime and peppery twist makes it a perfect summer cocktail.”

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
“Why not both?”

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
“The people! Before I joined Cask Trade I was actually a customer, and I was deeply impressed by the team’s ethos, expertise, and most importantly an unparalleled passion for whisky! I still remember the first time I visited Cask Trade’s office as a customer. I spent the whole afternoon there having really geeky chats over great drams with the team – I guess this would be the best testimonial ever?”

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
“We live in an ever-changing world now; more and more people are considering investing in whisky casks as an alternative to more traditional investments. Whisky cask investment has coupled an enjoyable hobby with promising expected returns. Most importantly it is truly an unforgettable experience – being able to taste, sample, or even bottle your investment!”

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 – Jack Crozier

Meet the Masters – Jack Crozier

Jack Crozier

Understanding the effort and pure passion that goes into making single malt scotch, coupled with the taste of a vintage 18-year-old expression was what lured our new Sales and Marketing Executive Manager Jack into the exciting world of whisky!

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
I’ve just joined the team here at Cask Trade within the last month after spending the last few years working for whisky brands at Edrington-Beam Suntory and Pernod Ricard.

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I spent about 5 years working in hospitality whilst at University, working predominantly in cocktail bars back home in Scotland where we got to play around with some incredible whiskies. I remember one particular whisky tasting up in Dundee where I first heard about all the effort and passion that goes into making a single malt scotch and got to try my first 18-year-old whisky, after that I was hooked!

What are your top three favourite Scotch whiskies and why?
My favourite whiskies change with whichever way the wind is blowing but I’ve tried to pick out a few of my favourite distilleries:
Bowmore – There hasn’t been a whisky that I’ve tried from Bowmore that I haven’t loved. Their 15yo is the perfect balance between salted Islay peat and rich, chewy spice.
Highland Park – Another peated whisky but a completely different style of peat to Islay whiskies. The heather, honey sweetness of the 12yo is perfect for mixing while their 18yo is my favourite bottle that I have at home.
Arran – A much younger distillery in the grand scheme of things, they have released some interesting finishes over the last few years. The Amarone finish in particular is well worth searching for.

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
Midleton – The Spot range of Irish Pot Still Whiskeys from Midleton in Cork are incredible. The apple notes from Green Spot make the PERFECT whiskey highball.
Suntory – We can’t really mention world whiskies without talking about Japan. Suntory make some of the most exclusive whiskies in the world but their Chita Single Grain which you can pick up in lots of British supermarkets is one of my favourites. Super creamy, buttery and far too easy to drink.
Starward – Australian and Whisky aren’t two words that you’d normally stick together but Starward are changing that. Their whisky is young, usually only a few years old but being matured in wine barrels in the heat of Melbourne makes their whisky so enjoyable already. Really interested to see what they come out with in the next few years.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
I’ve been really enjoying trying peated whiskies from different regions of Scotland and seeing the effect that the different peats used in the malting process have on flavour. One of the best things about whisky is that once you’ve found a particular flavour or style that you like, there will be countless other whiskies out there around that style that you can explore.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
Highballs all day every day. I also love anything that pairs super smoky whiskies with fresh red berry flavours. Try sticking Laphroaig in a French martini…

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Totally depends on the whisky, most cask strength whiskies will benefit from adding a couple of drops of water in to open them up but always worth trying them neat first.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
Whisky investment is completely new territory to the vast majority of investors out there so you need to work with a company that is both knowledgeable and transparent. Cask Trade will guide you through the entire process of cask investment, from selecting the perfect casks based on your goals, to managing your portfolio for you through its entire lifespan. Being totally transparent on pricing between private clients and our network of independent bottlers means that you know you’re getting a fair price.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
There’s a real thrill to owning your own cask of whisky. You’re not just sticking your money into a stocks and shares ISA and hoping the numbers on the screen go in the right direction, you’re buying something tangible that has been made with real craft and passion. It helps that the value of whisky has been improving dramatically over the last 10 years!

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!

Rum Appreciation

Rum Appreciation

Rum casks

In recent years, single cask rum has been favoured by many a whisky connoisseur as a “malternative“. Rum is produced by a process of fermentation and distillation, followed by aging in oak casks. You may notice this is comparable to whisky to a large extent. The raw material of rum typically comes from sugarcane by-products, such as molasses, or directly from fresh sugarcane juice (rhum agricole). This highly depends on the region of production.

The Caribbean and Latin America have a long history of being recognised as the cradle of famed rum producers. Although in the modern age, great rums are produced just about everywhere in the world.

Many whisky-lovers have encountered a common problem when they first dive into the world of rum, as there is little to no universal standards or classifications in rum. For example, Jamaican rum has different tiers of ester levels in their liquid and Guyana rum uses various usage of stills; pot stills, column stills, or even wooden stills…

Fortunately, our knowledgeable team at Cask Trade are on hand to answer any queries you may have surrounding rum and rum cask investment. What’s more, we can help you to understand which casks to buy for whatever purpose suits you. Be it for investment, bottling or purely for your enjoyment, get in touch with us. We will embark on the journey of rum with you!

To find out more about Rum Cask Investment, contact The Masters today!

Meet The Masters – Lee Tomlinson

Meet The Masters – Lee Tomlinson

Meet the Masters - Lee Tomlinson

Cask Trade Director Lee welcomed the world of whisky after being put through a vigorous tasting induction of some cask strength scotch; from that moment he never looked back, and this experience alone was enough to convince him to diverge his career path from wine to whisky…

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
From the beginning!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I was working in the wine industry, with a retailer who also owned a famous whisky store. As part of the training, I spent a day at our whisky store, and after being put through a vigorous tasting induction of cask strength whiskies, I asked to move to work in that store…

What are your top three favourite Scotch whiskies and why?
Not necessarily the best three I have tasted, but three that linger in my memory. In no particular order:
Auchentoshan 1979, 32-year-old. A whisky with possibly one of the best noses I’ve had the pleasure to try.

Glen Ord 25 years old. If I were to give one whisky that describes my perfect style of whisky this would be it. Heather, honey a hint of peat.
Talisker 57 degrees North. This comes to mind as I know they have recently discontinued it. For me this was one of my go-to whiskies, Talisker is perhaps one of my favourite distilleries, at high strength and affordable, winner!

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
Again in no order and I’ll limit to just the distilleries –
– Paul John based in India
– Mackmyra from Sweden 
– Finally, I’ll go with an English distillery, though I’m torn between St Georges in Norfolk and the Cotswolds Distillery – although, I’m more excited by my local distillery White Peak in Derbyshire.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
Probably flavours most people would associate with the Highlands and coastal regions, so light peat, salt, honey, wax. I’m not a fan of overly cask-influenced whisky, and although the trend at the moment is towards dark, heavily sherried whisky, I would rather drink a whisky matured in a refill sherry cask with more of the distillery character.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
A good Rob Roy!

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Depends very much on the whisky; some cask strength whiskies benefit from water others really don’t. I’d always try neat to begin.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
The team we have is fantastic, everyone is passionate about whisky and most buy casks themselves, so they are invested emotionally and financially much like our clients.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
The ease of purchase and subsequent sale cannot be overestimated in terms of importance to any buyer. We make the process as inclusive as the client wants, whether a whisky expert or complete novice.

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 – Jessica Simmons

Meet The Masters – Jessica Simmons

 

Meet the Masters - Jessica Simmons

Working in the alcohol business runs in the family for our new Sales & Marketing Executive Manager Jessica; her father’s background in the Beer Industry is what spurred her on to pursue a career in spirits and more importantly, whisky!

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
About a month now!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I have always been interested in the alcohol industry as my father is in the Beer Industry. But, my love for whisky really ignited when I started working for Master of Malt five years ago. I was able to discover there is a lot more to whisky than just heavy peat! Once I started tasting I never looked back!

What are your top three favourite Scotch whiskies and why?
Glenfarclas 25-year-old – great winter dram, love all the chocolate, nutty and Christmas cake flavours.
Glenkinchie 12-year-old – lovely summer evening dram with lots of honey and apple notes, easy light drinking.
Auchentoshan 18-year-old – another Lowland with zesty and floral notes, alongside some vanilla. 

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
Nikka from the Barrel is my all-time favourite, so easy to enjoy in the evening over a good film. 
Milk and Honey Single Malt from Israel – love the honey and chocolate notes.
Cotswolds Single Malt – another of my favourites, fruity, floral, citrusy, a breakfast whisky! 

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
I love the fruity and zesty flavours, as well as honey and vanilla, but also in the winter enjoy the sherry cask finishes and more of a heavier dram. I like exploring all different flavours and picking up on the cask influence, I look to alternative casks that whisky has been matured in.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
A Rob Roy or an Old Fashioned!

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Always taste first straight, but I do like to add a drop of water to just fully open the flavours.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
The honesty and transparency in which we deal with our customers. Being genuine in our processes and helping people enjoy the world of whisky and investing. The team are great, all of us bringing together our knowledge and love of whisky from different points of view and past experiences.  

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
It is one of the alternative assets which does appreciate with age and therefore why not! It is a keen market at the moment, and a fun way of investing, being able to taste and see your investment and watch it mature is something that is very special.

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 – Conor Strang

Meet the Masters – Conor Strang

Conor enjoying a festive dram

It all started with a Glengoyne Whisky and Chocolate tour for our Operations Manager Conor, and from then he’s never looked back…

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
I’ve been with the company since June 2020.

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I’m actually half Scottish and tend to head back to my roots most years. One summer I went to visit Glengoyne and took the Whisky and Chocolate tasting tour. It was marvellous; from then on, my passion for whisky was well and truly ignited! When I got home, I straight away went online to purchase a few bottles, and my collection thus grew from there.

What are your top three favourite whiskies and why?
1. Clynelish – I like the fact that it bears plenty of orchard fruit plus loads of waxiness, which is my favourite flavour in whisky. Also, it’s from a coastal Highland distillery which I usually enjoy.
2. Springbank – They’re traditional and still do everything the old fashion way. They make three different types of whisky and all are fantastic!
3. Ben Nevis – Rich and fruity, they are one of the most distinctive and characterful whiskies currently being made in Scotland.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
As I said I love waxy whiskies, which can usually be found in older whiskies from the early ‘80s and even older, but are also in Clynelish and Springbank as well as some Speysides like Glenlossie. I also enjoy notes of tropical fruit that can be discovered in older Irish whisky and some Islays, particularly Bowmore.
I have a penchant for rich, baked fruits flavours like apple crumble which you can often find in bourbon-matured Speyside, or Highland whiskies like Braevel and Clynelish.

 Your favourite whisky cocktail?
I am partial to either a Bobby Burns or a Sazerac.

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
If it’s young or the ABV is over 50% I will often add water, whereas if it’s older or below 50% I will drink neat. I nearly always try water with every whisky as in the end it always depends on the whisky and how it changes with water.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
I love being the interface between the whisky trade and private investors. I enjoy being able to deal with bottlers that I already buy bottles from, so now I can buy bottles from casks I’ve sold. It’s a delight to work with passionate whisky fans and investors, and being able to assist them in buying casks from their favourite distilleries.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
Apart from the fact that it is the best performing alternative asset, you can’t visit and taste your stocks and shares… Why invest in something that makes money behind the scenes, when you can invest in something that makes more money and also gives you pleasure?

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!