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Frequently Asked Questions

Here, you can find the answers to common questions about whisky and whisky cask investing. Please read the FAQ thoroughly, as it will contribute to your understanding of the whisky investment market.  

If there are still questions that remain unanswered, don't hesitate to reach out to ous. We are happy to provide you with additional information. 

  • Are you licensed to sell casks?
    Yes, we are. We have an unrestricted WOWGR license, GB455075400. We strongly discourage purchasing casks from anyone not in possession of a WOWGR license, as they are not licensed by HMRC to sell duty-suspended goods.
  • Why is Scotch whisky a good investment?
    Put simply because it increases in value exponentially as it ages. It is at its cheapest when first distilled as new make spirit and then increases in cost as it ages.
  • What is the price range between whisky casks?
    We can supply new make spirit casks from £1700. Rare Macallan casks up to £600,000 each and everything in between. Contact us for more details or fill in your details on our website to receive a stock list.
  • I am an independent bottler. Can you supply me with stock suitable for bottling?
    Absolutely. We are here to help you find the right whisky for your brand.
  • Are investments in whisky regulated?
    No. Whisky cask and bottle investments are entirely unregulated and should be considered high-risk investments.
  • Is this a short, medium or long term investment?
    Whisky takes years to mature. And our advice for those buying new make spiritis to hold for a minimum of ten years. However, we have deliberately made some aged casks available for those looking for a shorter investment period. These opportunities start at around four years.
  • Which is the best Scotch whisky distillery?
    Haha. The ones whose whisky YOU enjoy drinking the most!
  • Where are the casks located?
    The whisky casks are stored in government-approved bonded warehouses in Scotland. By law Scotch whisky must be distilled, matured and bottled in Scotland. They will remain here until they are ready to be bottled.
  • Can I purchase a physical cask rather than a tokenised cask?
    Yes of course. We can supply you with a wide range of whisky casks. We can also give you a delivery order if required. Please contact us at founder@caskcapital.io for more details.
  • Why tokenize whisky casks?
    Investing in scotch whisky casks, especially rare ones, has been a lucrative opportunity for investors. However, entering this market is challenging due to a lack of transparency and the need for strong industry connections. By launching a tokenized marketplace, Cask Capital allows individuals to enter this highly sought-after industry with ease in a transparent and trustworthy environment.
  • Are the casks insured?
    Yes, they are. We have an industry-leading insurance specialist covering our casks. Our entire portfolio is valued independently every year with premiums adjusted as and when required.
  • Can I get a Delivery Order for my cask purchase?
    Yes, of course you can. We are acutely aware that many people are concerned about the legal ownership of whisky casks, so we are here to help. After purchasing a cask from us, we can assist you in opening an account with a bonded warehouse in Scotland. We can then have your cask transferred there, and you will then receive your Delivery Order. You will then be free to regauge, rerack, and sell your cask directly should you wish to do so. Alternatively, your casks can be held under our WOWGR license, should you prefer.
  • What is a tokenized marketplace?
    A tokenized marketplace is a digital platform where assets, such as real estate, art, or, in our case, whisky casks, are represented and traded using blockchain technology. This means that we utilize blockchain technology to create digital tokens that represent physical whisy casks stored in bonded warehouse. These tokens can then be bought, sold, or traded on our platform, allowing for greater liquidity and accessibility.
  • What happens to my cask once it is matured?
    Your cask will be sold to an independent bottling company who will remove the cask from the bonded warehouse, pay UK duty and VAT and then bottle the contents for retail sale.
  • Can I have my cask bottled?
    You most certainly can. In recent years, it has become quite popular for people to select and bottle a cask for celebrations such as weddings or business events. Please get in touch with us, and we will do the rest.
  • What is the difference between new make spirit and whisky?
    The spirit distilled in a Scotch whisky distillery is referred to as new make spirit when first distilled. It can only be called Scotch whisky when the spirit has spent three years and one day in a wooden cask.
  • What about cask management?
    We can assist with samples, regauging, reracking and of course bottling. Again, contact us for more details
  • What is the "angels share"?
    During the maturation process, some of your whisky will evaporate into the air. Approximately 2% per year is lost. So, if a barrel contains 200 liters of bulk liquid when filled, we would expect a ten year old cask on average to contain roughly 167 litres based on average compounded losses. These losses are referred to as the ‘angels share’. Each cask is unique, and losses vary between casks, hence, using the industry average.
  • What do the acronyms AYS, OLA, RLA, and ABV mean?
    AYS – Age of Youngest Spirit. The date the cask was filled and the maturation process began. OLA – Original Litres of Alcohol. This is the amount of actual alcohol in a cask. So for example, if we were to fill an American Standard Barrel which is 200 litres in size with a new make spirit distilled at an ABV of 63.5% the cask would contain 127 litres of pure alcohol with the cask containing 200 litres of bulk liquid. RLA – Regauged Litres of Alcohol. After some years the amount of liquid within a cask will need to be remeasured to see how much is left after angel share losses. The new figure is expressed as RLA as opposed to OLA. ABV – Alcohol By Volume is a measure of alcoholic strength. By law, all Scotch whisky needs to be a minimum of 40% ABV. Percentages vary, but most Scotch single malt whisky is filled into cask at around 63.5%. During the maturation process, the ABV will drop. While whisky can mature for several decades it is very important that older casks are checked regularly to ensure that the ABV does not drop below 40% otherwise any subsequent bottles can not be sold as Scotch whisky.
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