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Meet the Masters – James Rusell ‘The Protégé’

Meet the Masters – James Rusell ‘The Protégé’

James in 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 Russell 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!

Meet the Masters – Myriam Mackenzie

Meet the Masters – Myriam Mackenzie

Myriam's 'on the nose' when it comes to whisky knowledge!

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.

Can you tell us more?
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!

New arrival – Auchroisk 1995

New arrival – Auchroisk 1995

Bourbon Hogshead

Distilled 17/02/1995

89.2 RLA

51.0%

249 bottles

£17,483.20

This particular cask, already twenty-four years old, is a unique opportunity to acquire a wonderfully mature single-malt Speyside whisky.

As an alternative asset, we would recommend holding it for six years until it reaches 30 years old. Alternatively, it’s perfectly ready for bottling.

Founded in 1972, Auchroisk was built to supply the signature character (or ‘top dressing’) to hugely successful blends such as J&B Rare and Johnnie Walker. Purchased for £5million, the site for the distillery was chosen due to the exceptional source of soft offered by Dorie’s Well. By 1978, a single malt was already being produced in limited quantities. Auchroisk is situated in the heart of Speyside near the town of Rothes, and was in fact the first distillery to make use of the ‘cask finish’ with 10-year-old bourbon cask malt being matured for a further two years in sherry casks, but this ageing method was never promoted.

Tasting notes: Sweet and complex, with honey-roasted nuts, vanilla, mixed spice and a long finish.

Introducing AuctionYourCask.com

Introducing AuctionYourCask.com

Coming soon and launching in June, AuctionYourCask.com is the world’s first dedicated cask auction site.

We will give private investors the freedom to exercise an open and transparent exit strategy, as well as to offer an opportunity for anyone in the market (including trade) to buy rare and old casks that up until now have been hidden away.

Limburg Whisky Festival

Limburg Whisky Festival

We are announcing for the first time that Cask Trade Ltd. will be attending the Limburg Whisky Festival.

The team will be there all-day Saturday and Sunday. Over the course of the fair, we’re very much looking forward to meeting with existing clients, sampling the vast range of whiskies on offer, and hopefully meeting new faces!

If you’d like to contact us, please call us on + (0) 44 203 746 3034

Hunter turned gamekeeper

Hunter turned gamekeeper

We asked our Managing Director, Simon Aron, to tell us the story of Cask Trade’s conception in his own words and here’s what he had to say…

“Whisky appreciation starts with the father (my dad collected), the son (me) and the Holy Ghost (the golden liquid). What started for me as a hobby ended up as a bit of an obsession, but always a delicious voyage of enjoyment. After 27 years of whisky collecting and, of course, tasting whiskies, I finally decided it was time to start my own whisky business.

For those of you who know a little or enough about whisky, you will understand that it’s now becoming an actual bankable asset that appreciates at a phenomenal rate. Who would have thought it? I did.

While hunting for bottles of rare whisky –  whether it’s from pre-internet vendors in London, or eBay, or from fourteen whisky bottle auctions per month – you learn a lot.
It was a stage in my collecting that I call school. I have now graduated and mostly buy casks of whisky instead. The hunting for bottles (and storing them) can drive everybody mad. 2000+ bottles later, my wife gave me a choice which I will let you figure out.

Casks are so much easier and, being held in bond, can be admired from a distance as well as traded at profit. But my experience with casks has not been an easy one. I had them go missing, never exist, be owned by someone else and even turn out to be in a different wooden cask. So in December last year I chose, after 25 years in technology, to start Cask Trade Ltd and to do it right.

I wanted to be transparent, professional and reasonable to an ever-increasing client base globally. My aim is to create the first real marketplace to trade casks, facilitating buying, selling, trading and auctioning all around the globe. The first ever dedicated cask auction is the best way for owners to sell in an open and transparent way, with the additional services of bottling, labelling and shipping worldwide.

Why? Well, whisky is now comparable to SWAG (silver, wine, art and gold) as an asset class. According to two separate wealth reports (FT’s “How to spend it” and Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2019), the most profitable alternative investment over the past ten years is whisky. Growing by 582%, and 40% over the last 12 months alone, the next biggest performer is classic cars at 258%. It’s not available in great quantities and the simple laws of supply and demand apply. Even data from HMRC analysed by the Scotch Whisky Association showed record highs across the industry in 2018 (£4.7 billion in exports alone).

So I am in for a fun time and would welcome the company of others on the journey.”

Simon Aron, Managing Director of Cask Trade Ltd.