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Enter Cask 88, a Scottish firm that has access to casks from major distilleries across the country and has just built a new warehouse in Speyside where owners can go visit theirs and arrange for bottling. They have partnered with a range of firms to offer a variety of bespoke bottling options, from the simplest of labels to ornate wooden cases crafted by standout British brands like Linley.
The railway routes and locomotives that fuelled Scotland’s great proliferation of whisky distilleries in the late 19th century have inspired some new drams. The railway is the subject championed in the latest whisky collection released by award winning independent bottler Cask 88. The Glasgow & South-Western Railway, represented by a 10 year old single malt distilled at Auchentoshan, and the Caledonian Railway, represented by a 15 year old single malt distilled at Deanston, are the final routes to join the series of single cask Scotch whisky expressions depicting five of the major Scottish railway operators from history.
The Edinburgh-based Cask 88, a seller of premium whisky casks and bottled whisky, has noted younger people with a preference for a younger spirit driving demand for casks as an investment vehicle. “As people are spending more time finding out who made their whisky, where they made it and what it was made from, it follows that some of them will get the idea in their head that they want to be more involved,” Sam Laing, of Cask 88, said.
One of Scotland's classic motorsport events – the Bo'ness Revival Hillclimb Festival – is on its way back after the Covid pandemic thanks to the backing of whisky specialists Cask 88.
WHEN IT COMES to buying whisky, a full cask is the holy grail. There’s none of the cynicism associated with blue-chip bottle flipping; the contents should appreciate in value over time; and then there are the unquestionable bragging rights. You can even create your own-brand whisky – perfect for gifts or enjoying with your best drinking buddies. But all of this does of course come at significant cost. Cask 88 has built a reputation as one of the best in the business at cask procurement and cask storage. But the family-owned company also appreciates that sometimes you just want one special bottle rather than a whole cask.