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ADNAMS

Adnams Whisky Casks

150 year old Adnams may be best known for their beers, but a lesser known fact is that the Southwold-based business has been making top quality spirits since 2010. Within months of opening, their spirits began winning awards at international competitions.


Aged English Whisky in Cask

Indulge in the pleasure of owning your own cask of English Whisky to bottle now or to continue ageing for years to come. We have a comprehensive range available from our partners at Adnams Copper House Distillery.

See an EXAMPLE of their bottled 12 year old Distiller's Edition.

Quality Ingredients

Locally grown grains, including 100% Malted Premium Anglian Barley, grown by Adnams

Choice of Casks

Choose from a range of cask types from New French or American Oak to 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks.

Safe Storage

All casks fully owned by you and stored in purpose built facilities designed for storing spirits casks

Cask Options (3 years storage included)

New French Oak Casks
  • 100% Malted Barley, Single Malt Whisky
  • Available as a 6 or 9 year old
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First Fill Bourbon (Jim Beam)
  • 100% Malted Barley, Single Malt Whisky
  • Available as a 6 or 9 year old
  • First Fill Bourbon Casks from the Jim Beam Distillery

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First Fill Bourbon (Heaven Hill)
  • 100% Malted Barley, Single Malt Whisky
  • Available as a 6 or 9 year old
  • First Fill Bourbon Casks from the Heaven Hill Distillery

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Rye Malt in New French Oak
  • 75% Malted Rye, 25% Malted Barley
  • Available as a 7 or 8 year old
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Triple Malt in New American Oak
  • 60% Malted Barley, 35% Wheat, 5% Oats
  • Available as a 6 or 8 year old
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First Fill Port
  • Single Malt Whisky
  • 9 years old
  • First Fill Port Casks
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First Fill Oloroso Sherry
  • Single Malt Whisky
  • 9 years old
  • First Oloroso Sherry Casks
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Cask FAQs

Got questions about buying a cask? Find your answers in our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section below!

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New Spirits Incubator

Join our New Spirits Incubator community, where we create new drinks together with our distiller partners.

Discounts in the shop

Cask Owners receive discounts on selected products in the online shop as well as first dibs on new community created drinks!

Real life events

Exclusive invitations to in-real-life events: tastings, distillery tours and meetups.

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FAQs

We’re specialists in, and massive fans of, English Whisky. We have great relationships with English Whisky distilleries all across England and these allow us to get some truly wonderful casks of whisky.

Our retail background means we don't just sell casks, we curate a full end-to-end experience for the entire journey of cask ownership through bottling, to delivery and final enjoyment of your whisky in a glass.

  1. Some people love whisky and want to secure a larger volume at a preferential price
  2. Some people like being able to choose how long a whisky stays in cask and have the decision when to bottle
  3. Some people want to bottle up a cask for family or friends, or perhaps to celebrate a special occasion
  4. Some people like to team up with friends and hold a cask as a fun project
  5. Some people are simply interested in English Whisky as an up-and-coming luxury item

While casks may have the potential to appreciate in value, we do not provide financial advice. We advise our customers to drink, enjoy, even share their whisky... to invest in their future pleasure!

The number of bottles that come from a cask at bottling depend on the following factors:

  1. The size of the original cask
  2. How much spirit soaks into the wood on filling (typically about 5%)
  3. How much spirit has evaporated over time ("The Angel's Share"... usually 1-3% per annum)
  4. The size of bottle you put the whisky into (most commonly 70cl)

As an example:

- a newly filled 200L cask, aged for 5 years prior to bottling, would approximately yield:

200L x 5% = 10L on 'in fill'
190L x 2% in Year 1 = 3.8L
186.2L x 2% in Year 2 = 3.7L
182.5L x 2% in Year 3 = 3.7L
178.8L x 2% in Year 4 = 3.6L
175.2L x 2% in Year 5 = 3.5L

Approx. spirit remaining after 5 years = 172L

Which is approximately 245 x 70cl bottles.

This calculation excludes any small samples taken for tasting purposes or quality control (say, 100ml per year)

Additional examples:

- a newly filled 225L cask, aged for 5 years prior to bottling, would approximately yield:

225L x 5% = 11.25L on 'in fill'
214L x 2% in Year 1 = 4.3L
210L x 2% in Year 2 = 4.2L
206L x 2% in Year 3 = 4.1L
202L x 2% in Year 4 = 4.0L
198L x 2% in Year 5 = 4.0L

Approx. spirit remaining after 5 years = 194L

Which is approximately 275 x 70cl bottles.

- a newly filled 250L cask, aged for 5 years prior to bottling, would approximately yield:

250L x 5% = 13L on 'in fill'
237L x 2% in Year 1 = 4.7L
232L x 2% in Year 2 = 4.6L
227L x 2% in Year 3 = 4.5L
223L x 2% in Year 4 = 4.5L
219L x 2% in Year 5 = 4.4L

Approx. spirit remaining after 5 years = 215L

Which is approximately 310 x 70cl bottles.

You cask must be stored in a HMRC registered bonded warehouse. Duty is suspended until the whisky leaves the warehouse (usually for bottling).

We have a number of bonded warehouse partners who specialise in storing whisky casks. You are welcome to visit your cask on appointment - see the Full Terms and Conditions below.

You will be provided with proof of your full legal ownership of any cask purchased.

Importantly, it will NOT be held as an asset of Digital Distiller on your behalf; rather it will be legally in your name.

When should the whisky be bottled?

Exactly when the whisky is bottled... is up to you! We will, of course, provide you with guidance as to the options, and there are some important considerations, such as:

- whisky can be left too long in a cask and lose its optimal balance of flavours

- if left too long the ABV (alcoholic strength) would eventually drop below 40%, below which the spirit may no longer be classed as whisky

How will the whisky be bottled?

- sometimes the originating distillery will be able to bottle, sometimes an independent bottler will do this

- size of bottle and labelling options will be discussed with you prior to bottling. There are a range of options available in terms of bottle shape and size, closures, labels etc.

- you can arrange your own bottling if you wish, however duty will need to be paid before the cask is released from the bonded warehouse

We make all the costs associated with owning a cask clear upfront. No surprises! (although there are a few moving variables... see customs duty below)

  1. The cost of the whisky itself
    - size of cask
    - alc. strength
    - which distillery made it
  2. Cask Storage
    - physical storage of the cask in the bonded warehouse
  3. Insurance
    - against loss, damage or spoilage
  4. Customs Duty
    - this is suspended until the time of bottling
    - £ depends on alc. strength
  5. Bottling
    - choice of bottle size/shape
    - choice of closure (e.g. screwcap, cork stopper)
    - label design and materials

There are maintenance costs over the cask’s lifetime. Simple cask storage and insurance is £65 per year after the first three years of complimentary insurance expires.

An independent appraiser annually checks cask values of client casks, ensuring that insurance is calculated appropriately.

If you would like to draw a sample from the cask, or order a re-gauge or a re-rack, these would incur a small fee.

If you choose to bottle the cask, then duty must be paid. Whisky in the cask is a duty-suspended product, and so tax must be paid at the time of bottling. This is calculated based on the strength of the alcohol being bottled.

If you live outside the UK, you will need to pay duty and other locally appropriate fees at the destination country.

Yes, you can nominate someone else to be the legal owner of the cask.

Most distilleries don’t have the time or operational setup to handle individual buyers wanting casks – typically they either deal in bulk or sell after bottling has taken place.

We have developed relationships with distilleries that allow us to access the casks which we can, in turn, offer to private individuals on a personal basis, and as a managed service.

New fill casks offer flexibility – they can be more affordable, but require patience as they will need time to gather more flavour and complexity with age. There is usually more flexibility of when to bottle as they continue to develop over a longer period of time. They can also make great gifts for grandchildren or godchildren, for example.

Casks that have already had some ageing will be nearer to their optimum bottling window, and will have developed more complex flavours over time. This means they usually come at a price premium and are certainly rarer in terms of availability.

In short, it depends on what you are looking for!

Please do get in touch with us to discuss which options would best suit your needs.

Cask Sales Terms and Conditions

1. The certificate of cask ownership and these Terms and Conditions comprise the contract of sale for the purchase of new make spirit between Digital Drinks Limited, a company registered in England under number 14503378, whose registered office is 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU, United Kingdom (hereinafter referred to as the Supplier, CDC, our, us and we) and a Customer (also referred to as you or your, purchaser and owner).
2. The casks are only available for purchase by individuals or small groups. We require a single point of contact who will be the legal owner of the cask. on written instruction, ownership can be transferred to another, single named owner
3. Payment is due before the cask is filled and bottling costs will be required prior to bottling.
4. The wooden cask remains the property of Digital Distiller
5. Final bottle volumes will depend on cask type, age and the ABV that the whisky is finally bottled at.
6. Up to X years’ storage and insurance charges are included in the purchase price.
7. Casks are stored at Cadus Vaults in Norfolk which is an HMRC accredited bonded warehouse.
8. It is the responsibility of the cask owner to advise the company of any changes of address or ownership in writing.
9. You are welcome to visit your cask, but this must be done strictly by appointment only. We request a minimum of a month’s notice in writing for private cask visits or cask sampling.
10. You will be entitled to an annual sample of your spirit during the storage period. Upon request, we will take one 100ml duty paid sample per year which we will pass to you. Sampling directly from the cask is not permitted under any circumstances.
11. The whisky cask is purchased in an individual capacity for own use, not for resale to an individual or bottler.
12. Pricing is subject to UK duty and VAT which is subject to change by HMRC without notice.
13. Bottling will be carried out by the Distillery at the prevailing cost at the time of bottling. The cask must be bottled in its entirety. We require a minimum of 90 days’ notice of the owner’s intention to bottle their cask. On completion of bottling we can deliver at the prevailing rate to a UK address, or the cask owner can arrange for collection of the bottles.
14. Digital Distiller and all associated logos, designs and devices are the property of the Digital Drinks Limited.
15. For UK taxpayers, UK Capital Gains Tax is not applicable as whisky is regarded as a ‘tangible’, ‘movable’ and ‘wasting asset’. Whisky purchased in cask for personal use, as gifts for family, godchildren and friends, etc would therefore be exempt.
16. At the conclusion of the sale the liquid becomes the legal property of the customer and is held in bond and insured on their behalf at no extra charge.

Storage

Adnams Casks and The English Whisky Company Casks are stored at Cadus Vaults in Norfolk.

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Whisky Casks make wonderful Gifts!

Many people choose to give a cask on the birth of a grandchild, or perhaps to celebrate a significant birthday or anniversary. Others club together to buy a cask to share in their love of Whisky.

Single Malt Whisky Cask, New French Oak - Digital Distiller
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Adnams 9 Year Old Single Malt, Sauternes Cask - Digital Distiller
Adnams 9 Year Old Single Malt, Sauternes Cask - Digital Distiller
Adnams 9 Year Old Single Malt, Sauternes Cask
Adnams
£69.99
Single Malt Whisky, First Fill Port Cask - Digital Distiller
Single Malt Whisky, First Fill Port Cask - Digital Distiller
Single Malt Whisky, First Fill Port Cask
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£11,999.00
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Adnams Distiller's Choice Single Malt Whisky, First Fill Port Cask - Digital Distiller
Adnams Distiller's Choice Single Malt Whisky, First Fill Port Cask - Digital Distiller
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£149.99
Rye Malt Whisky Cask<br>- New French Oak - Digital Distiller
Rye Malt Whisky Cask<br>- New French Oak - Digital Distiller
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Adnams
from £6,499.00
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Distiller's Choice, Britten as a Boy, English Single Malt Whisky - Digital Distiller
Distiller's Choice, Britten as a Boy, English Single Malt Whisky - Digital Distiller
Distiller's Choice, Britten as a Boy, English Single Malt Whisky
Adnams
£109.99
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Adnams
from £5,999.00
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Adnams Distiller's Choice 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - Digital Distiller
Adnams Distiller's Choice 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - Digital Distiller
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£74.99
Triple Malt Whisky Cask<br>- New American Oak - Digital Distiller
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Adnams
from £5,999.00

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