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We saw a record-breaking price achieved for a bottle at auction, with a 60-year old Macallan being sold for an extraordinary £1.5m at Sotheby’s. The sale of this bottle - from cask number 263 - even broke the previous auction record for a single bottle of Scotch of £1.2m in 2018.
In 2022 the world's largest bottle of whisky - 5'11 and 86 gallons (444 bottles) of Macallan sold for £1.3m. An entire collection from a single owner of 467 bottles sold for £7,635,619, which was around double the pre-auction estimate. This collection took less than ten years to compile and was mostly made up of individual cask whisky in limited-edition bottles.
Scotch Whisky is exported to 180 markets worldwide, and 44 bottles are shipped every second. Revenue in the UK Whisky segment amounted to £2.01bn in 2022. The market is expected to grow annually by 14.92% (CAGR 2022-2025). Export value of Scotch Whisky in 2021 was £4.5bn. Some countries have increased their import of scotch whisky by 150% over 18 months. Scotch whisky is truly a global phenomenon (source TSWIR).
There are currently 22 million casks of whisky maturing in Scottish bonded warehouses, with Scotch accounting for 22% of the United Kingdom’s entire food and drinks exports. There are currently 141 operating Scotch Whisky distilleries across Scotland.
Recently these distilleries have seen cask sales as a source of early revenue. They often sell unaged new-make spirit casks costing in excess of £6,000. Our starting price for casks is £1,500 for new-make whisky from well-established distilleries
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I insure my cask?
Some warehouses provide insurance against fire and theft. We can introduce you to insurance companies that can insure your whisky cask.
Can I Request Samples?
Yes! You can request samples of your whisky cask. You can also request a regauge to give an update on your cask's maturation.
Can I visit my Cask
Yes. Some bonded warehouses allow you to visit your cask, and where this is not possible, we can arrange for your cask to be moved.
What are the storage charges?
Not much. Storage costs between 20 and 30 pence a week, but may vary depending on the warehouse.
Can I Bottle My Cask?
Yes! Please bear in mind that duty and VAT are payable before your bottles leave a bonded warehouse.
How Do I Know it's Real?
Due to strict government control, each cask has a paper trail known as a 'Delivery Order' and a unique cask number.