The Whisky Market

It's all about whisky!

Whisky's wonderful illusion!

Whisky's wonderful illusion!

Whisky is an enticing spirit that lures the mind to the Glens, mountains, peat bogs, and sea battered coasts of Scotland.

Is it no wonder that this great spirit was transported with her children to distant lands can transport any drinker to the beautiful landscape of Scotland. The early Scottish globetrotters brought with them the taste of home, creating all the great whiskies we adore today.

Bourbon owes its legacy to the first settlers of Kentucky that saw similar landscapes of Scotland and started the production of their own hooch. As was the same for those who travelled to the great white north and developed Canadian whiskey, taking into account the local varieties of available cereals, corn south of the border and rye above the 49th parallel. That same dream and allure made a Japanese man travel across the challenging oceans over 100 years ago to Scotland to learn the ins and outs of making whisky. They brought the history, passion, and skills of the Scots back to Japan, while mimicking so precisely the production, that it is today a top shelf whiskey paying homage to Scotch.

The same can be seen in many countries from mainland Europe to South Africa, off to India, Taiwan, and even further south to Oceania.

Whisky in the Scottish style is produced from East to West, North Pole to the South Pole, much like at the height of British Empire, the sun never settled on the distillation of whisk(e)y. Whether it was brought by monks originally from Ireland to Scotland, or by an early business man who traveled from North Africa to the Highlands of Scotland.

Scotch whisky is a unique alcohol that has won over the palates of many across mother Earth. Owning a bottle of your favorite dram is always a special treat, and those who delve more into their passion settle knowing they have their own cask(s) of whisky aging in a dunnage warehouse, dreaming of their whisky as it rest and matures into a delicious liquid that is part of the rich history of Scotland and Whisky. Once they can drink it their minds wonder off to the picturesque lands of Scotland where their whisky was distilled and matured!

 

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Investing & Growing Value of Whisky

Investing & Growing Value of Whisky

Investing in whisky casks in today’s market is quickly gaining speed and interest.

The golden and ruby hue of single malts is turning into a rich green as investor clamor evermore to own Scottish liquid gold. The Whisky Market Limited is at the forefront in selecting choice matured casks and laying down ‘new make’ in ex-fill; bourbon, red wine, and sherry.

The Whisky Market Limited is seeing a steady 7-10% annual return on casks, and our associate company over the past 3 years has seen a staggering 11-123% increase in value. The rate of return is based on the distillery, type of cask, age, and rarity. Investing in casks has great advantages for return on investment and the rare added value of saying you are the proud owner of a casks of whisky! The rise of independent bottlers and investors seeking out casks means the investment will always have a buyer. Unless of course you choose to bottle it and maybe share with the lucky ones!

It was only a few years ago that the first cask of whisky sold at auction. Setting a world record; a Macallan 25 year old at $793.000 HK. This has prompted a growing interest in other auction houses to venture into the selling casks. Most recently in June 2015, Christie’s of London included two casks in the Fine Wine & Spirits Auction. Five specialty whisky auction houses cater to this sector of selling rare expressions of whisky, predominantly bottles but casks are beginning to emerge.

The industry is growing with an influx of buyers and sellers all vying to capitalise on their growing interest in tasty casks. What whisky enthusiast or prudent investor would not want to declare they own a cask(s) of Scotland’s signature export!

 

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Don't whine about wine casks!

Don't whine about wine casks!

Don’t whine about wine Casks!

Wine casks in the whisky industry are becoming ever more present in single malts. This is the discussion of red, white, and sweet wine casks such as Sauternes, Bordeaux, Barolo, Pinot Noir, and not the equally delicious fortified wines like; Sherry, Porto, Madeira.

It may come as a surprise that usage of wine casks in the Scotch industry is not a new edition. Historically wine casks have been used in the whisky industry for a long, long time even when it was dominated by sherry. Stemming back to when casks of wine would be shipped to Scotland or England to be bottled locally and the used casks would be gobbled up by the distilleries for maturation. It is true that at this time the casks were not chosen specifically but were taken based on availability.

The new growing trend or experimentation, is to select specific quality wine casks to bring a variant flavour profile to the Whisky. This has been producing great results. An added bonus is the fact that these casks are readily available from wineries and at a much lower cost. They are being used for finishing, full maturation, and as part maturation. Which process they are used for depends on the experienced palate of the Malt Master.

Using these types of casks gives a new dimension to the spirit from the particular oak used. French oak is a common occurrence with wine casks, which does vary in character from an American oak giving the spirit a spicy, less sweet, and silky tannin structure. Given the multitude of wine grape assemblages be it dry, sweet or robust the variance of expressions is massive.

This was recently experienced at a lowland distillery which had a 9 year old fully matured in a red Bordeaux casks. The expression was a lovely, full character of French oak and a fine red wine. The Whisky Market Ltd has some tasty Tullibardine resting in some fine red Grands Crus … sadly not ready yet, but maturing fabulously … We cannot wait!

Characters: Dry, fruity, smoother tannins, ruby colour, robust, honey

There are various distilleries that are releasing wine cask finished whisky, which is gradually gaining more admiration by single malts drinkers. Be it a sweeter finish of a sauternes or a more robust profile from a heavy red wine …. How could you not like it or be curious?

 

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