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.