Firstly, you should not enter into this purchasing decision lightly, unless of course you are a Russian Oligarch and money is really of no consequence. Although buying your own Cask knowing you will have many bottles to enjoy in the years to come is a fantastic thought for whisky lovers it carries with it many risks. Very little of the whisky produced in Scotland is used in this way and independent bottlers of whisky are always buying mature casks not creating their own from the outset. Although you can buy a cask of whisky for around £2000 there are many additional costs which you will incur over the period of its maturation (storage for 10 years +) and when it finally is ready you will have transport and bottling costs not mention the dreaded tax man, who will always want his share. There is also insurance to consider in case of fire or theft and the usual risks you would have with belongings at home.
However this does not put everyone off and many of Scotland’s whisky distilleries offer you the opportunity to create a barrel of whisky with your chosen name on it and for many this has great appeal. Many are buying for personal use however depending on when you bottle it and the levels of evaporation you could end up with 400 hundred bottles! I know I don’t 400 friends to give it to, Facebook friends aside. Selling this whisky privately will be difficult as in most countries you require a license to sell alcohol which would undoubtedly have a cost implication. All the whisky blenders carry their own stock to ensure the consistency of their product so will be unwilling to take your excess bottles of your hands. There is no organised whisky exchange however with the growth of internet trading this may become a possibility in the future.