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Calling all private cask owners

Postby jmrl » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:51 am

I run whisky tastings as a self-employed host. These occur roughly every two weeks. I've just provisionally set the dates for the next 6 months of tastings. After doing these events for a fair number of years the formula gets tweeked to meet demand, this year we'll stay with a themed tasting every third date.

I'm considering using bottles from privately owned casks for a topic. Private cask ownership is not a new phenomena but with a handful of new or re-start distilleries coming on stream there seems to be many more people, individually or as part of a group, owning exclusive examples of malts.

I know a few such guys but I'd be interested to gauge enthusiasm from others who would like to share their stash. Obviously the best course would be to use mature drams rather than works in progress.

Further it always occurred to me owning a cask must be a comforting thought but when it comes to the delivery of potentially hundreds of identical bottles just how many can one person account for through consumption and how many can be given away until the cost of generosity becomes unsustainable? Now selling a proportion of the cask - say enough to recoup costs seems an idea. Of course undeclared income is an issue here but that is very much up to the individual - as is the legality of trading in alcohol without appropriate licences: personal and premises.

So there you go you might own a share in an already mature cask of North British grain bought form someone like Martin Armstrong or you may have a casks of Springbank bought from the distillery in the 1990s. You might want to simply share your trophy or maybe looking for a platform to promote the sale of excess bottles. Remember there is no law about swapping bottles between cask owners - the phrase 'Bottle Bank' has neatly been used to describe a not-for-profit service overseeing this type of exchange.

Thoughts?

I apologise if this forum restricts the mention of buying or selling so let's keep it personal by mail or other method.

cheers

Mark D.
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Re: Calling all private cask owners

Postby jmrl » Fri May 27, 2016 9:57 am

Some more details for the Private Cask tasting:-

Thursday 09.06.16 7:30pm The Kilderkin, Royal Mile, Edinburgh £20

North British 25yo 22.01.1991 - 26.01.2016 229 bottles 54.8% bottled by Port Sgioba

Glen Glassaugh 'Red Oktober' The Octave Cask 5yo 08.12.2009 - 16.12.2014 Cask No. SC115 48.1% bottled for Port Sgioba

Isle of Arran Loch Ranza 1995 - 11.03.2004 156 bottles cask No. 95/297 sherry hogshead 55.3% bottled for Pub Mahorobi's 25th anniversary

Port Charlotte 10y 07.07.03 - 2013 fresh Bourbon barrel 60.3% bottled for Karlejnar and 7 of his friends

The fifth dram still eludes if anyone has a suggestion.....
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Re: Calling all private cask owners

Postby jmrl » Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:21 am

For the 5th dram there is now a choice - a Bladnoch 9yo, Bruichladdich blood tub or most likely - Glenfarclas 13yo 62.4% sherry butt.
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Re: Calling all private cask owners

Postby jmrl » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:35 pm

I'm pleased to report there were good levels of interest in the private cask taking. I guess the allure of not commercial bottlings was strong enough for folks to get involved. We started with a 5yo Glenglassaugh which I've yet to make up my mind about and seems to polarise opinion. In turns overly youthful : jaggy and spiky then complex and rewarding. Baffling - further ageing surely would have helped. A Port Sgioba bottling

Next was the show stopper, only 1 or 2 folks found the North British 25yo's charms impenetrable whilst the rest of the room were either happy or blown away. A typical NB with all the appeal of an old grain. Another Port Sgioba dram

Next was my favourite, a 9yo Arran from a sherry cask bottled for Pub Maharobi in Japan. Very soft stuff but a heart of Xerez, not for everyone though.

A Glenfarclas 13yo from a big old sherry cask was heavy duty and although initial impressions were very good perhaps a flat note as the thrill wore off had a few folks hoping the ending would have been as promising as the promises made by the nose, colour and start.
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