At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a glass of great whiskey.
If you’re a whiskey lover, you’re probably attached to certain favorites.
These days, some whiskey fanatics are taking trips to distilleries to visit the source of their favorite beverage. It’s not uncommon for distilleries to let you sample the drink, particularly if they offer a tour service; however, a few distilleries are letting you go one step further.
At certain establishments, you can now purchase an entire barrel of whiskey that will be matured on-site especially for you.
Whenever the whiskey is ready, you bottle the contents and enjoy your own single cask release, which normally consists of a few hundred bottles. If you’d rather take the barrel home, that’s fine too!
As the drink is yours, you can then do with it what you want. Bottle it up for family and friends or enjoy it for yourself, the choice is yours.
Selling whiskey barrels allows the distillery to make a large profit quickly to fund its operations, which is why many of the newer distillers offer a by-the-barrel service.
While many of the distilleries are new and smaller operations, a few established brands offer whiskey barrels, too. After paying for the barrel, you’ll probably have to splash more cash on bottling, taxes, and warehouse costs.
However, it still works out cheaper (in most cases!) than purchasing your favorite whiskey by the bottle. Each distillery offers different services, so consider all the options before buying your whiskey barrel.
In this article, we explore some of the distilleries that offer whiskey casks.
The first distillery on the list is Annandale. Located in the south of Scotland, this new distillery recently launched its first single malt whiskey and have plans for another release shortly.
The distillery offers a variety of barrels, including bourbon, sherry and red wine. For a first fill and refill of bourbon, you’re looking at spending upwards of $3,350.
Located on the isle of Arran, Lagg distillery is run by the same owners as the Arran Distillery.
While both distilleries have similarities, Lagg will produce heavily peated whiskey while Arran specialized in unpeated.
Currently, Lagg is setting up shop with plans to open early next year.
If you’d like to reserve a future barrel, you can do, just give the distillery a call. Buying a whiskey barrel from Lagg comes with several bonuses, including a few rounds of golf on the island and a stay in a nearby hotel.