View Full Version : Looking To Buy A Young Cask For A Birthday
01-19-2011, 04:31 PM
Hello whisky enthusiasts,
I'm looking to buy a cask of scotch for my best friend's son. He is about to turn 1, and I want to get him a cask that will age 18 years so that he could enjoy it on his 19th birthday.
Does anyone know where I can do this or who offers such?
Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
01-19-2011, 06:07 PM
If you do a search I'm sure that this has been asked before but in general there's only 1 or 2 distilleries that would sell you a cask as it's frowned upon by the Scotch Whisky Association.
Remember, apart from the cost of the 1 year old spirit and cask, you will have to pay an annual rent and insurance fee until you want to bottle it. Thats when it really get expensive as you 'll need to find someone to bottle in Scotland [which will not be cheap] pay for that as well as the printing of labels, bottles and caps or corks and cases, then there's shipping costs. By 19YO you'll most likely get around 20 to 25 dozen 70ctl bottles and remember you won't be allowed to ship the cask outside the UK to be bottled.
01-20-2011, 04:42 AM
I get the impression he just wants to buy a barrel full of scotch to leave in the kid's basement for 18 years. I guess distilleries won't sell you barrels?
01-23-2011, 10:42 AM
There are a couple but then there's the difficulty of shipping, paying the taxes, losses etc. I would recommend that with the money he buys some cases of a very good single malt and let that rest in his cellar for the 18 years
01-23-2011, 08:54 PM
It is my understanding that whisky does not age once bottled. You use the term "rest", and suggest laying up stocks of a bottled single malt to 'rest' for 18 years. Other than buying a vintage that will be very scarce in 18 years, what is the purpose of buying a case of 18yr Glenlivet now, vs. buying a case of 18yr Glenlivet in eighteen years? Other than batch consistency, I would expect the two whiskies to be comparable, if not identical.
01-23-2011, 11:09 PM
Rather than spending several thousand dollars on this project, the headaches of bottling and importing it, and possibly ending up with a cask that is less than the quality you hoped for, I'd probably just buy some cases of scotch from his birth year. You don't want 18 yr old bottles now, you want them 17 years from now. You can pick up a case of several different scotches along the way. Ie 10 yr, 12, 15, 18, etc. Some, like Glenrothes, offer vintages by year.
I would really not want 200+ bottles of the same scotch. What would I do with them? A few for a blow out party, 50 bottles for me in storage, than what? 150+ gifts? Maybe he won't even like it. You could give them away as party gifts, but the recipients would likely not appreciate what they were, or the time and $ that went into the project.
01-24-2011, 02:22 AM
Most 19 year olds do not have any interest in Scotch whisky nor will they like it. Remember , it's something that's an aquired taste .
I can remember trying some when I was around 20 and I thought it tasted like coal oil...hated it !
01-24-2011, 11:04 AM
As I mentioned in an earlier thread, "I purchased a cask of Bruichladdich in 2001. Do your homework. Although you can have it bottled and sent to the USA, I can assure you that it is not an easy task. You will have to be a relentless soul to endure the red tape."
I was fortunate enough to purchase this cask direct from Bruichladdich, so the bottling task became an easy task, but I can assure you that you will have greater headaches than just having it bottled; especially if you reside in the USA or Canada. And Canada is a whole different ball game. Your generosity is to be admired and commended, but I would just purchase some rare vintage and save it for him.
11-11-2011, 03:47 AM
The Dubh Glas Distillery is a future distillery that has currently purchased land and is in the process of rezoning the property in the Okanagan Valley of B.C. They are planning on starting construction in March, 2012.
They will be offering casks for investment and resale and will be a good option to consider if you are in Canada.
11-12-2011, 01:25 PM
Will this be on the site of the old Hiram Walker distillery that was built there in the late 70's?
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