AYS: 4th Dec 1991
Cask type: Sherry Hogshead
Est bottles 166
Per bottle value £320.-
Cask price £53,120.-
An old Craggonmore cask is not something you’d see every day. Being one of the staple malts of the Speyside region, Craggonmore has always been nurtured under the vast Diageo umbrella, with a lot of control and restriction regarding the use of its casks. Despite having an extensive range of OB whiskies to choose from, they have never released that many old Cragganmore official bottlings. Independent bottling of Cragganmore whiskies is also not as common as one would imagine. Only five bottles have ever been released aged over 30 years old, of which three were from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, one from Gordon & Macphail and the last one being the 30th-anniversary special bottling for Signatory. Knowing this alone gives potential buyers and investors enough incentive to be one of the very few people in the world to get your hands on a 29yo Cragganmore. Having an incredible abv of 56%, allows buyers to bring the age up to 40 or 50, if patient enough. Whisky prices go up exponentially with age, and this is one of the rare scenarios that you can take full advantage of it. For details projection of the value of this cask, please contact our whisky specialists.
7 Oct 2010
January’s investment choice is this Caol Ila 2010 Bourbon Hogshead. Located in the Islay region of Scotland, Caol Ila is widely regarded as a top tier distillery making some of the best smoky and peaty whiskies in the world. With the largest production capacity amongst all Islay distilleries, its investment value has long been somewhat underrated compared to its peers like Bowmore and Ardbeg, due to its relatively large supply. However, what many people do not recognize is that only 5% of Caol Ila’s production are being reserved for single malt, whereas 95% of its whiskies are supplied as blending ingredients for both Johnny Walker and Black Bottle, both of which are gigantic whisky brands that have a solid demand and relies heavily on Caol Ila. Therefore, despite having 3 to 4 times of Ardbegs and Laphroaigs’ production capacity, Caol Ila does not necessarily have a more whisky being sold as a single malt.
In the long run, Caol Ila’s value will catch up faster than most other distilleries, to the levels of where the likes of Laphroaigs and Ardbegs currently are. One observation we see is that older vintage Caol Ila bottlings have experienced a significant rise in price in the last two years, many of which have increased 2 to 3 folds. New releases of Caol Ila bottlings are also priced rather aggressively by large bottlers, setting an excellent foundation. We believe Caol Ila cask prices are hugely undervalued, and with such a young cask, it is an excellent stepping stone for first-time investors to step into the market. It is also a safe and solid choice for veteran investors to have a range of Caol Ila casks within your collection. Bourbon hogshead is a popular cask choice for peated whiskies, and the high abv allows flexibility should investors hope to achieve long term ageing. It is also worth noting that, being the most modernized distillery on Islay, Caol Ila is also famous for its highly consistent quality with minimal variations between modern vintages. This makes it highly investor-friendly with little concern with vintage-related quality variance.