Whisky has a very interesting history. Whisky originates in Scotland and dates back to over 1000 years ago when the art of distillation was introduced by travelling monks from Europe into Scotland around 1000 AD. Due to the lack of grapes in the country they turned to fermenting grain, and that resulted in the first production of Scotch whisky.
In 1725, the malt tax was introduced once England and Scotland were merged. This lead to the closure of Scottish distilleries, however some of them turned into illegal, underground operations. It is thought that at one point in the 18th century, half of the whisky in Scotland was in fact illegally produced.
In 1831, Aeneas Coffey, an excise officer dealing with the legalities of whisky production, introduced laws that allowed for a cheaper and more efficient production of whisky. This led to whisky being produced on an industrial scale.
The whisky market was bought to a standstill from 1920 when the US, the biggest importer of Scotch Whisky, introduced alcohol prohibition laws. This ended in 1933 when alcohol sales were allowed to resume again, and the whisky market has grown tremendously and expanded to countries over the world since.
Past performance shows that whisky has been a great investment for those looking for strong returns. However, private investors have often had difficulties investing in this market due to the problems with acquiring quality casks. We eliminate those issues and make the investing process easy for you, guiding you through the whole process and allowing you to reap the financial rewards of this great, historic investment.
A growing number of investors are turning to whisky not only due to the huge growth of the industry but also the fact it is regarded as a safe haven investment that doesn’t correlate with the financial markets. Diversifying your portfolio is key during uncertain times.
The tax free element of the investment has also made investors excited about cask whisky, you pay absolutely nothing on the exit of your investment as it is completely exempt from capital gains tax and excise duty. We personally believe there is no better investment to protect your savings with than quality cask whisky.
Scotch whisky is the most traded spirit in the world. The industry is absolutely huge – it accounts for 20% of all the UK’s food and drink exports. Scotch whisky exports were close to £5bn in 2019, and despite this huge figure, there are only 134 operating distilleries in Scotland. This supply and demand market has shown investors huge returns in recent years, and the growth isn’t slowing down anytime soon as more of the world adopts whisky at growing rates. There really is no better time to invest in this liquid gold.
Irish Whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world, and after its decline has been completely reborn, now being the fastest growing spirit in the world since 1990. In 1966 there were only two distilleries in Ireland, and as of late 2019 there were 32 operating distilleries. Despite the huge growth of distilleries in Ireland, supply still fails to meet demand. In early 2019, The Department for International Trade (DIT) claimed Irish Whiskey sales have increased by 300% over the past 10 years, and are expected the same growth to continue over the next 10 years.
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