Whisky by (and buy) the caskFebruary 18th, 2008
The cover story in the current issue of Malt Advocate focuses on buying scotch whisky by the cask. It discusses which distilleries currently allow an individual to purchase and entire cask, as well as pointing out some of the pros and cons of cask ownership.
So, I am curious. How many of you own a cask of whisky? How many of you are thinking about buying a cask?
I owned one until 1999 when it was bottled. I (along with several friends) purchased an entire cask of Bushmills Millennium. It was distilled in 1975 and bottled in 1999 for the new Millennium. I purchased the cask early in the 1990s, so we had to wait several years before we got the whisky. Plus, I had to drive to New York City with my pick-up truck to bring the cases of whisky back home (along with the barrel head, which I also received and now proudly hangs in my bar).
It was worth it. The whiskey is really good and the price per bottle was ridiculously low. (The cask cost me $5,000 but we got something like 230 bottles from it, as I recall.) Plus, each label could be personalized, which was nice (and a real pain in the butt for the Bushmills people to do, as the importer at the time told me).
I still have about three bottles left with my name on it (including bottle #1). Plus, I have one bottle for my daughter with her name on it, which she can enjoy (with her dad?) in about five years if she wishes when she turns 21.