Why Purchase Casks?
Whilst maturing whisky casks have gained momentum as a high performing asset due to their impressive returns, investment is just one of the reasons many opt for cask ownership:
As an investment
For special events & occasions
To create your own whisky brand
To add to a collection
As a cultural link
Or purely for pleasure!
To enjoy over time or bottle and share with friends.
Your Cask, Your Choice
By purchasing a cask of new-make spirit, you get the option to tailor its development to your personal taste with an array of wood types, previous uses and sizes.
From a butt to a barrel, oak to chestnut, bourbon to sherry, the choice of cask is yours.
An Exciting Opportunity
Cask whisky generally appreciates in value over time. By leaving it to mellow in the cask to the optimum point, it can absorb the traits from its environment and develop into a more prestigious, valuable and highly desirable whisky.
Previously the domain of the truly wealthy, tangible assets such as whisky can realise higher returns than traditional capital assets, offering a valuable hedge against economic uncertainty. Plus you own something real, desirable and ultimately drinkable that can be tailored for your own tastes, turned into custom bottles or simply kept to fulfil the dream of whisky ownership as a connoisseur.
At Cask World our established global network enables us to connect investors and distilleries worldwide, providing the individual (or group) with the opportunity to purchase and hold cask whisky outright, often at specially negotiated wholesale or exclusive rates. Plus, with the exception of the Angels' Share*, it’s a tax free investment for UK citizens.
*Angels’ Share = the % lost from the barrel each year due to evaporation.
WhiskyInvestDirect via Scotch Whisky Industry Review
Every decade since record keeping began, a cask's value has steadily increased in value until around the 8 year mark when things start to increase exponentially.
Cask 88/Braeburn Whisky, BC20 Whisky Cask Index
As a comparison, if $100,000 was invested in either casks, S&P 500, gold and Bitcoin in July 2018, the projected value would increase most if invested in casks.
Knight Frank, The Wealth Report 2020
With an increase in value of +564% over the last 10 years, rare whisky topped the chart for investments in 2020