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World’s first live online whisky auction dedicated to casks – Whisky Cask News

WORLD’S FIRST LIVE ONLINE WHISKY AUCTION DEDICATED TO CASKS

Cask Trade is to host the world’s first, live, online only auction dedicated to casks of whisky next month.

Sales of whisky have raised record-breaking amounts, most recently £7.6M was raised at a Sotheby’s auction in London including several casks and an auction in Hong Kong in November raised £441,000 for a Cask of Macallan 1989.

World First

In an historic, world first, Cask Trade will host the first ever live, online auction for casks on 22nd January 2020.

Auctionyourcask.com will allow private owners and investors to sell their cask to independent bottlers and other investors all around the world.

A passionate whisky collector for more than 20 years, Cask Trade’s owner Simon Aron, suffered many false promises from whisky investment companies and this drove his ambition to create a real and trustworthy market place for whisky collectors and investors, and bottlers.

“It’s a really exciting time for whisky sales as the recent Sotheby’s auction proved. I was in the room and the excitement was palpable and marked a historic moment for the spirits market. With the launch of auctionyourcask.com we offer a fresh approach to selling whisky by the cask, not just the bottle,” says Simon.

Whisky Price Growth

A mixed portfolio investment of 14 whisky casks purchased for £100,000 would appreciate at an estimated average increase of 13-18% a year (over 4-6 years), generating a target gross return of more than £214,000, an increase of approximately 114%.

Whisky, according to the recent Knight Frank Wealth Report, is 2019’s top performing luxury investment. With an increase of 40% on rare bottle values in the last 12 months, it far outstripped the more established alternative assets such as art, wine and cars.

auctionyourcask.com

The first auction on 22nd January will run until 2nd February (ending 8pm GMT) and include approximately 24 casks including an Aberfeldy 2005, Bruichladdich Chateau Margaux, Aberlour 1990 and Springbank 1995.

Those looking to register their interest in the auction should visit www.auctionyourcask.com

Two tastings of cask-strength whisky will be held for those who register their interest in the auction. The tastings will take place at Cask Trade’s offices on Regent Street on 15th  January at 12 noon until 2 pm and 5.30pm until 8pm. To attend one of the two tastings buy tickets on www.auctionyourcask.com/news-and-events (£10/ticket).

All casks will need to have had a recent re-gauge ready for auction and a full 70cl sample will be drawn so that bidders have the opportunity, wherever possible, to try the whisky before they buy. Cask Trade validate all the sellers and confirm proof of ownership and the history of the cask enabling bidders to safely buy. With complete transparency and no sellers’ fee Cask Trade can offer bidders the actual hammer price. Their low buyers’ fee of 15% + VAT will offer the opportunity to buyers, trade or private, to buy rare casks.

Cask Trade, the company behind of auctionyourcask.com, buys and sells exceptional cask whiskies. The company is unique because it only sells casks it owns outright, and it only sells whole casks: it is not a whisky cask broker and it does not offer fractional sales, as part of a fund.

Hosted four times a year the next auctions will take place in April, July and October 2020.

NOTES:

Founded in 2018 by Simon Aron in partnership with several of the world’s foremost whisky masters, including Keeper of the Quaich Sir Colin Hampden-White, Cask Trade buys and sells exceptional cask whiskies. The company is unique because it only sells casks it owns outright, and it only sells whole casks: it is not a whisky cask broker and it does not offer fractional sales.

A passionate whisky collector for more than 20 years, Simon Aron suffered many false promises from whisky investment companies and this drove his ambition to create a real and trustworthy market place for whisky collectors and investors, and bottlers:

The company’s casks are held in the best HMRC bonded warehouses, regularly visited and approved by Cask Trade whisky masters. All stock holdings have a complete paper trail…

  • Delivery orders from supplier to Cask Trade
  • Invoices for transfer of ownership, storage insurance, re-gauging, sampling or movement
  • HMRC-issued WOWGR (warehouse keepers, warehouse premises, owner of goods and registered consigners): a fully regulated and closely monitored license requiring due diligence on suppliers as well as customers.

Included in its extensive list of customer services, Cask Trade’s rigorous processes means that the company will guarantee to buy back from its clients the casks they buy from and have had managed by Cask Trade. It also offers…

  • Regular sampling and re-gauging of casks
  • Re-racking (sherry wine, port etc)
  • Estimates of bottles and strength in cask (effects of angels’ share 0ver years of maturations)
  • Financial modelling for each cask based on age and rarity with estimated % returns
  • Costings for bottling, labelling and shipping (duty & tax)
  • Regularly updated whisky investment guide which includes statistics from two authoritative third parties (independent of    Cask Trade)
  • Cask Trade will arrange for clients to receive samples of their whiskies and visit their barrels(s), upon request – wherever possible.

Cask Trade has started the first live auction website dedicated to exceptional whisky casks: auctionyourcask.com.

Hosted four times a year and helping private owners/investors sell their cask to independent bottlers and other investors all around the world. All casks will be re-gauged ready for auction and a full 70cl sample will be drawn so that bidders have the opportunity to try the whisky before they buy. – Wherever possible. We validate all the sellers and confirm proof of ownership and the history of the cask enabling bidders to safely buy. With complete transparency and no sellers’ fee we can offer you the actual hammer price. Our low buyers’ fee of 15% + VAT will offer the opportunity to buyers, trade or private, to buy rare casks.

https://www.casktrade.com

https://www.auctionyourcask.com

Whisky Price Growth 

Whisky, according to the recent Knight Frank Wealth Report, is 2019’s top performing luxury investment. With an increase of 40% on rare bottle values in the last 12 months, it far outstripped the more established alternative assets such as art, wine and cars.

From page 78 – https://content.knightfrank.com/resources/knightfrank.com/wealthreport/2019/the-wealth-report-2019.pdf

Data collected by Rare Whisky 101 suggests the four-year growth from December 2014 in rare whisky has increased over 160%, compared to just 2.47% for the FTSE 100. https://www.rarewhisky101.com/indices

The same report by Rare Whisky 101 claimed via the BBC that they had performed a controlled test of 55 rare bottles, of which over a third were fakes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-46566703

Limited Availability on Two Aged Cult Bourbons at K&L California – American Whiskey News

New Rare Bourbon Allocations Now Available:
Very Olde St. Nick “Summer Rye” & Cream of Kentucky 12.3 Year Old

We just landed two last-minute allocations, a pair of unique and prized bourbon selections that will thrill any collector for a special gift or an addition to any well-rounded collection of Kentucky’s finest. First up is the cult-favorite Very Olde St. Nick “Summer Rye,” which came to fame under the stewardship of Julian Van Winkle, and now has a new home at the Preservation Distillery in Bardstown. We rarely have any quantity to offer from this label, and everything we’ve put on the shelves in the past week has disappeared in quick order. We’ve also had trouble keeping any bottling of Cream of Kentucky on the shelf and, considering the new 12.3-Year-Old bottling has the better part of a year over the previously sold-out release, the odds are low that it will last through the holiday. The demand for bottlings at this level is still unprecedented, so make sure to secure your allocation early.


Cream of Kentucky 12.3 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)
($139.99)

A newly revived label being ushered back to market by a whisky legend. Jim Rutledge, a former master distiller at Four Roses, has come out of retirement for this one. 12.3-year-old bourbon, sourced by one of the best-connected and well-respected people in the bourbon industry. This is what we call a no brainer. From the producer: The Cream of Kentucky brand was initially introduced in 1888 by I. Trager & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. Just before the end of Prohibition, the brand was acquired by the famed Schenley Company and subsequently re-introduced in 1934. Through the 1930s and 1940s, Cream of Kentucky grew to become one of the leading bourbon brands, with renowned artist Norman Rockwell provided much of the award-winning artwork for the brand during its heyday. J.W. Rutledge now owns cream of Kentucky, and Jim has recently purchased a limited supply of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey he feels is worthy of the rebirth of Cream of Kentucky Bourbon as a premium whiskey.

Very Olde St. Nick “Summer Rye” Ancient Barrel Reserve Cask Strength Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($199.99)

The Very Olde St Nick brand has long been a cult favorite. Initially bottled by Julian Van Winkle and subsequently, by the Willett Family, VOSN now has its very own home in Bardstown—The Preservation Distillery. Of course, this old rye whiskey wasn’t distilled there but drawn from the brand’s oldest stocks. The distillery is committed to producing whiskey the old way and sources its grains from local farms, mills on-site, and always sour mashes. There’s no way of knowing just where this special old rye came from, but it’s widely considered one of the best bottles of rye coming out of Kentucky, and the first time we’ve ever been able to sell this incredible brand stateside. How they’ve secured these excellent old ryes remains a mystery, but what’s not a secret is how quickly they’ll sell out. Don’t miss it.

The Whisky Shop “Save on some of our favourite whiskies this Hogmanay!” – Scotch Whisky News

Cracking Hogmanay Deals!

Last minute savings on some outstanding whisky this Hogmanay including Highland Park, Lagavulin, Glenfiddich and more! Whether you’re having a party or a quiet night with friends, make sure you have the perfect bottle to share this New Year!

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Scotch Whisky Auctions ~ Auction 105 is now LIVE – Whisky Auction News

 

Reminder: WhiskyFest Premier Pricing Ends 12/31/2019. Buy Tickets Now. – Whisky Fest News



BIG PEAT ROUNDS OFF 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS WITH FINAL RELEASE IN TRILOGY SERIES – Scotch Whisky News

BIG PEAT ROUNDS OFF 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS WITH

FINAL RELEASE IN TRILOGY SERIES

Big Peat, revered Islay Malt Scotch Whisky brand, today unveils the final release in this Aged Trilogy Vintage Series – the 27 Years Old Black Edition.

The Limited Edition bottling follows the Gold Edition, aged 25 years and launched in 2017, and last year’s 26 Years Old Platinum Edition, and completes a trio of mature, refined and collectable Big Peat Malt Whiskies.

Bottled at 48.3% alcohol strength and offered without colouring or chill-filtration, Big Peat’s Black Edition is said to carry a “complex amalgam of barbequed meats, coal dust and rock salt”.

Established in 2009, Big Peat has celebrated “his” 10th anniversary throughout 2019, kicking off celebrations with a 10 Years Old Limited Edition followed by extensive digital activation including an online birthday party and social media content.

The new Big Peat 27 Years Old Black Edition will be available from specialist spirits retailers globally from January 2020. Just 3,000 bottles exist.

Tasting Notes

Allow a heady, chimney-smoked nose to whisk you off to Big Peat’s Islay home, with hints of briney sea air, chewed leather and a honey sweetness. The refined palate shows a complex amalgam of barbequed meats, coal dust and rock salt, running to a long and satisfying finish with drifting puffs of peat smoke.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING & CO:

 www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigpeat

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

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 Douglas Laing & Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

 The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (from the Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Provenance, Premier Barrel, Old Particular and XOP, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

A 20-Year-Old Single Cask Exclusive from Highland Park for Only $150 at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

An Otherworldly Single Malt at an Unbelievable Price
1998 Orkney (Highland Park) 20 Year Old “Thompson Bros.” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($149.99)
“We’re not seeing anything on the market anywhere close to this caliber in this style.”
— David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

Fans of Highland Park take note! This very special 20 Year Old comes to us from our new partnership with the Thompson Brothers and is one of the finer Orkney expressions we’ve encountered. Of course, when one sees Highland Park with such a significant age statement there’s the expectation of a hefty price tag. Remarkably, we are able to offer this K&L exclusive cask for under $150. This is an absolute bargain for a dram of this pedigree and standing. Made in a classic island style, it delivers a seemingly ceaseless array of sweet smoke, sea spray, savory herb, dried fruits, and a delightful complement of mineral—essentially everything one could hope for from this venerable distillery. Single casks from Highland Park grow scarcer by the day, so it’s possible we won’t see a cask like this again and certainly not so affordably priced. Given the strong demand for Highland Park in all its various forms, we expect this rarity to sell out in a matter of days, if not sooner. Single malt fans will serve themselves well by adding this very special 20-year-old to their collection.

1998 Orkney (Highland Park) 20 Year Old “Thompson Bros.” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

The wonderful Dornoch Distillery sits hidden on the main drag in the tiny town of Dornoch. Behind the majestic Dornoch Castle Hotel and its famous whisky bar sits one of Scotland’s tiniest and most exciting distilleries. Founded by brothers Simon and Phil, the distillery is completely contained in one tiny stone shed. While the brothers might not have the resources and capital of many of Scotland’s new distilleries, they do have an incredible vision and the unwavering support of the single malt-loving community. In that little shed a truly unique experiment is underway. The Thompsons are trying to make whisky the old way. The distillery was funded without any outside investment and pre-sales of the first casks were crowd sourced online. The contrast between extreme forward thinking and commitment to tradition makes the Dornoch Distillery one of Scotland’s most exciting new distillers bar none. We’ve got years before their malt is ready to go and in the meantime the brothers are distilling and selling an incredible malted gin and trafficking in some seriously delicious single casks. This HP is part of the great wave of unnamed Orkney that’s hit the market recently. They nabbed some of the very best and somehow offer it up at a reasonable price. Other bottlers offer versions of the same whisky for twice this price and none we’ve had taste as good as this. It’s got everything, balanced excellently. Delicate Orkney peat, bold malt, gorgeous maritime quality—a real island dream.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

We’ve had some up and downs with Highland Park recently. We’ve secured some incredible old stock with the distillery name on it, but also had offers for no named stuff at ridiculously high prices. Needless to say we’re always game for some HP. It’s really one of the very best distilleries out there and these incredible “no name” bottlings have been some of the very best values on the market today. Yet some of our suppliers feel comfortable charging well above what another no name might cost from another distillery. Of course, they’re looking at this like a business opportunity. They have high quality juice that can be implied to be from one of Scotland’s great distilleries, and most people are probably willing to pay their prices, but we’ve mostly avoided these offerings since we’ve been securing “named” versions in the $250-300 range consistently for the last two seasons. It wouldn’t make any sense for us to sell a similar product no name for the same price. These products must offer value. So we’ve passed on several casks due to the very high prices. But now it seems our supply of distillery bottlings is becoming more and more scarce. We had to say no to a 21-year-old hogshead this year from Old Particular due to the incredibly high price. And at the same time, our friends in Dornoch came knocking with this stunner. The fun labels poke fun at the new aggressive Viking style of the distillery bottlings, but do nothing to prepare you for the awesomeness that’s inside the bottle. The nose is the ultimate coastal curiosity: salty sea spray, coastal shrubs, crushed rocks, smoldering heather, floral peat, golden honey, ripe pears. Craggy rocks being battered by the ocean. Lots and lots going on, extremely layered and complex, but not brutish or explosive. On the palate there’s brown butter, wild honey, stewed grains, more peat. This is how I imagine gold tastes when it’s melted. More minerals more smoke, but not hard smoke. Soft sweet smoke. We’re not seeing anything on the market anywhere close to this caliber in this style. Nearly perfect.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 23, 2019

HP20 is going to be delicious no matter what. At 150 bucks, it’s all the sweeter. This number is particularly interesting as it is a hogshead filled from same day vattings before it was sold off onto the independent market – a number of these casks have come up as Edrington has divested stocks, rumor has it, to pay for the budget sucking massive new Macallan distillery. It’s classically salty and has that beautiful medium intensity heather driven peat that the distillery is known for, although it shows most on the finish and not up front. Apricots and other stone fruits in varying levels of dehydration play across the entire experience from nose to palate and intermix beautifully with the floral smoke on the finish. Coming in at an even 50% ABV at cask strength, it’s a very sippable whisky neat. With a touch of water the oils come crashing out of solution as do the grain notes. The aromas suddenly explode with honeyed barley and a whole new drinking experience begins. An extremely good first showing from our new partners in Sutherland, the Thompson Brothers.

Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2019

Perhaps I’ve grown jaded or entitled (or both) from so many high-proof cask-strength offerings of late, so when I saw this clocked in at only 50% ABV, I was less enthusiastic. This gorgeous whisky made quick work of showing me what a fool I’d been. Turns out that in the 20 years of barrel aging, its alcohol reduced to 50% naturally, packing all that exquisite flavor into every coveted drop. This isn’t your hedonistic sherry bomb or caramel-sweet bourbon barrel like the distillery-released 17-year—what tumbles elegantly out of this bottle is superbly refined. Sultana, baked apricot, sea spray, and windswept grain build on the palate with the perfect amount of heat and ashy smoke. The finish is long, but not rushed, lingering with that oily texture we’ve come to love from properly aged Highland Park. Considering the price, this should be on everyone’s short list this season.

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2019

I was just calling our Bunnahabhain 30 single cask our best whisky when Andrew plopped a bottle of this in front of me. Now I’m reconsidering. A single cask of 20-year-old Orkney Highland Park that is smooth as milk at 50% abv, with a very bright and distinct apricot, honey & apple core with a very subtle gravelly smokiness enveloping the fruit. I just can’t stop nosing it. The Thompson Bros. label is big bonus, too.

Exclusive Nickolls & Perks Peerless 3 Year Old Single Barrel Rye – American Whiskey News

PEERLESS 3 YEAR OLD SINGLE BARREL
THE MERCHANT’S CASK
SELECTED & BOTTLED FOR NICKOLLS & PERKS

70CL | 54%
3 YEARS, 4 MONTHS OLD | LOT NO. R160307110
ONLY 210 BOTTLES

Crowned 2019 Craft Producer of the
Year by the Icons of Whisky,
this grain-to-bottle, single barrel
Kentucky straight rye whiskey has been
selected and bottled exclusively for
Nickolls & Perks.

“Though they are rare, each single
barrel of Kentucky Peerless Rye
exhibits an unparalleled balance of
depth, complexity, and uniqueness.”
– Caleb Kilburn, Head Distiller

£79.95

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TASTING NOTES
CRAIG MILLS, NICKOLLS & PERKS

NOSE:
Black cherry jam, coconut sponge cake and sugared almonds. Toasted spices, hibiscus cordial or rose water like floral notes. Some corn syrup, menthol and tobacco.

PALATE:
Thick and syrupy with a big cherry-menthol opening, then some drying toasted spices. Dark rye bread with notes of beeswax/honeycomb and red vermouth-heavy old fashioned cocktail. Some sticky ginger cake, dark marmalade and chocolate caramel.

FINISH:
Glace cherry, red apple, toffee and plenty of lingering aromatic spices with rye bread notes. Menthol, peppery vanillin oak and rootsy liquorice.

COMMENTS:
For me this is a big, bold and juicy-cherry-led young rye that packs flavour into every sip well beyond many an older rye whiskey.

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 Sherry Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 Sherry Cask

Bottled 2019 at a whopping 66% abv by Signatory Vintage exclusively for TWB. Just 289 bottles from cask #900128. Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask first fill sherry hogshead #900128 bottled February 2019 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series. This is a specially selected release exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. 289 bottles at natural cask strength. MAXIMUM 3 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER. Having out-grown his distillery at Upper Drumin George Smith built a new distillery in 1858 at Minore just short distance upstream of the River Livet and which he opened the following year and named Glenlivet Distillery. During the 1850s the Edinburgh firm of Andrew Usher produced the first vatting of malt whiskey from a single distillery using a number of different vintages of Glenlivet whisky. Following expansion in 2010 this distillery is now equipped with fourteen stills making it one of the largest malt whiskey distilleries in Scotland. The range includes Glenlivet Founders Reserve and Nadurra.

Buy – Glenlivet 11 Year Old – £99.95

Whisky and Cigars: The Perfect Event. The First Ever Big Smoke – Whisky News


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