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!

Meet the Masters – Sir Colin Hampden-White ‘The Keeper’

Meet the Masters – Sir Colin Hampden-White ‘The Keeper’

Colin headshot

The Three Drinkers star, Cask Trade’s Non-Executive Director and fellow Whisky enthusiast Sir Colin Hampden-White sits down for a dram to discuss his love for all things Scotch.

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
Since January 2019.

What first kick-started your passion for Whisky?
I vividly remember being given a dram by a gamekeeper on a freezing cold shoot in Scotland when I was about 15 or so. 

What are your top three favourite whiskies and why?
1. Johnnie Walker black label: The great all-rounder.
2. Mortlach 75 -year-old. The best whisky experience I have had at Edinburgh Castle.
3. At the moment I am enjoying 100% rye whiskey from all over the world. Especially Kyro from Finland.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
I really like a little linseed oil, dried apricots and fresh tropical fruits.

Which is your “holy grail” whisky? What’s THE bottle you want to own in your lifetime?
A bottle of Malt Mill.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
It has to be the classic Old Fashioned.

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Honestly, it depends on the whisky. For something old and delicate probably without, young, cask strength and vivacious probably with.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
My two favorite things about Cask Trade are the people and the transparency. What you see is what you get with us, there’s no smoke and mirrors. This is important when it comes to whisky investment.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
Whisky casks are able to take you on an emotional journey as well as a profitable one.

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 – Josh ‘Woody’ Wood

Meet the Masters – Josh ‘Woody’ Wood

 

Whisky Woody

Josh, one of our newest Sales & Marketing Executive Managers tells us about his enthralling Whisky journey, and how it all started with the humble ‘Jack and Coke’…

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?

Since September 2020.

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
Shortly after I turned 18 I was in the pub with a friend of mine who knew I enjoyed ‘Jack and Coke’ and offered to teach me about enjoying Scotch served neat. It was a good lesson and I’ve been doing continuous ‘homework’ ever since! 

What are your top three favourite Scotch whiskies and why?
I have quite an eclectic palate! Bowmore 15 was the first ‘proper’ Whisky I enjoyed and it still holds a special place in my heart. Pound for pound my favourite ‘Daily Dram’ is Johnnie Walker Green Label and the variants, and for something special it would be a draw between Glenury Royal and Lochside – I love the history of lost distilleries but naturally knowing they’re gone makes drinking the whisky bittersweet.

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
Chchibu On The way 2015, Stauning’s Young Danish Rye 2016, and Red Breast 12. I find all three very, very distinct in extremely different ways and encountered them all a few years ago when I decided I wanted to try some different whiskies for a change. 

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
I enjoy both sweet and savoury flavours, depending on my mood. When choosing a whisky it’ll depend if I’m pairing it with something, what I’ve eaten before, and even the climate and time of year, as well as what I’m doing when I drink it.
People tend to laugh at how long I ‘nose’ a whisky for because I enjoy the aromas so much. I often get asked if I prefer smelling a whisky or tasting it but I haven’t worked out the answer yet! 

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
Perfect Manhattan, hands down.

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Usually cask strength but I have lots of whiskies bottled at ‘forty-something’ which I enjoy. It’s very rare that I prefer whisky with water added to what comes out the bottle and I absolutely never add ice!

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
I’m surrounded by a great group of colleagues and incredible whisky which I get to share with enthusiasts all over the world. Cask Investment is an extremely exciting field and I enjoy being able to work for a Stockist and not a Broker. 

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
With interest rates and property yields low (and traditional investments highly volatile), this is the perfect time to move into Alternative Assets. Only wine and whisky appreciate in a linear fashion, and by buying a cask (kept in a warehouse for under £50 per year) you needn’t worry about storage (unlike bottles).
The Scotch Whisky Boom shows no signs of abating with increased demand from emerging markets depleting stocks of quality aged single malt, which will continue to increase the value of maturing casks. Tasting your maturing whisky each year whilst your cask appreciates is a fun bonus on top!

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 – 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!