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English Whisky Casks

Buy a cask from established English Whisky Distilleries

Own a Cask of English Whisky

We partner with the top English Whisky Distilleries to offer a range of options with different ages, maturations and cask finishes (e.g. bourbon, port, sherry).

Choose a Cask

Choose from a wide range of different ages, cask finishes and flavour profiles.

Sample and Learn

Taste samples of your maturing whisky and receive updates on its maturation progress.

Bottle or Age Further

Choose when to bottle your cask or continue to mature it longer

Introducing our Partner Distilleries

Adnams Copper House Distillery

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. They were the first brewery in the UK legally allowed to install a distillery. Within months of opening, their spirits began winning awards at international competitions.

Their whisky portfolio is very substantial indeed: we offer a comprehensive range of cask finishes and pre-aged whiskies.

Full Transparency Of All Costs Upfront

Legal Paperwork Proving Your Full Ownership

Secure, Purpose Built Cask Storage

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First Fill - the single malt spirit is added to a cask that has previously just held something else: usually sherry, or port

Finish - the whisky is usually moved to a barrel for a shorter period, nearer the end of the ageing process

Toast - describes the level of charring inside a barrel which effectively seasons and flavours it

New Fill - this is the addition of newly made spirit straight off the still and put into the cask for ageing

Frequently Asked Questions

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 great 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
  6. Some people buy casks, hold them in storage and then sell them on once they have matured further

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.

These Terms and Conditions apply to the purchase of casks of new make or existing spirits.

  1. Your 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, Digital Distiller, 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 payment for 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 3 years’ storage and insurance cover of £1000 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. On removal from a bonded warehouse, spirits are subject to UK Duty and VAT , the rates for which may be changed by HMRC without notice.
  13. A precise and up-to-date quote for bottling will procured on your request to bottle a cask. 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 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 for £1000 on their behalf at no extra charge. Extended insurance is available upon request.
  17. if you have any further questions, or require clarification on any of the terms, please contact us.

Storage of casks distilled by Adnams Plc

Adnams Casks are stored at Cadus Vaults in Norfolk.

We do not offer financial advice or make any recommendations or projections regarding investment potential.