Grow Your Assets with Investable Whisky - Success Never Tasted So Sweet

Assets that have previously been considered as merely luxury consumer goods have great potential for long term investors. One such commodity asset is whisky.

Grow Your ASSETS with Investable Whisky - Success Never Tasted So Sweet

Investable Whisky. Photo: Elite Wine & Whisky.

Scotch whisky is a symbol of British craftsmanship and tradition, of durability and reliability. And although it hasn’t been around forever, it has been recognized throughout history. Its documented story begins in 1494, and tax records of the day show that a friar acquired eight bolls – about 2,500lbs – of malted barley, “wherewith to make aqua vitae”.

Although distillation processes may have changed over time, the value of this commodity has been driven by demand and maturation. As global appreciation of whisky has flourished, people are gradually discovering that limited edition and maturing casks from the most globally renowned distilleries could bring in top returns for those willing to hold their investment


Why Whisky Investments, and Why Now?


The global landscape of investments has changed dramatically in recent years, with the general public now having a greater ability to take trading in to their own hands and invest and trade in a range of commodities through online platforms and investment advisors.

Technology has led the way in a virtual environment to allow people to discover new and interesting markets that have previously not been explored. This being said, the last year has also demonstrated the global volatility of stock markets and poor returns on extremely low interest rates, driving them to discover ways to diversify their asset portfolios.

A way of mitigating the risk of investments is to purchase luxury commodities which appreciate in price over the years. It has become increasingly common for people to invest in classic cars, coins, watches and artwork, whilst other commodities have not been considered as viable investment opportunities.

However, it is now becoming more apparent than ever that assets which have previously been considered as merely a consumer goods, have great potential for long term investors. One such luxury commodity is whisky, which has previously been washed away for our own satisfaction, is now showing great potential as an investment asset. Additionally, whisky is a tax-free asset which other traditional financial assets fail to offer investors.

Firstly, like fine wine, demand outstrips supply. Whisky that is collectible is also in demand for consumers, so a substantial proportion of any limited edition bottling will swiftly become much more limited as much of it is consumed by dedicated whisky lovers. Whisky is bottled after a period of maturation in oak barrels. Legally, this is a minimum of 3 years, but in practice, most whiskies are matured for a minimum of 8 years in order for them to develop their character.

Distilleries will usually have a ‘house style’ represented by a mass-produced bottling of a relatively young malt (such as Glenmorangie’s popular 10-year-old). But they will also have older whiskies maturing at the distillery, and they can also bottle older whiskies such as a 15 or 21-year-old.

They might also bottle the product of a particular cask of vintage whisky, or they might offer different expressions of the whisky such as a ‘port wood finish’ or ‘sherry wood finish’ which means that in addition to being aged in traditional Bourbon barrels, the whisky has been ‘finished’ with a period of additional ageing in a port or sherry barrel that can impart different flavors.

These different expressions of the whisky and older malts are the ones that are of interest to investors – production is limited, they are highly prized by collectors and consumers alike. Whiskies from some distilleries are much more collectible than others, so it is important to do due diligence on what will be desirable in the marketplace in a few years’ time when you seek to sell your whiskies.

As with any investment, it is vital to make sure you’re in the best hands and have access to the best platforms in order for your investment to flourish. It is therefore imperative that investors have access to well-known distilleries that already have a reputation for investable whisky.

This includes famous Scottish whiskies such as Macallan, Dalmore and Springbank. The collectability and rarity of whiskies is extremely important when considering investing in whisky and hence choosing the right distillery and age of cask or bottle is important when investing.



Investable Whisky Market Outlook


In the last few years, there has been an increase on rare whisky bottle values, ensuring that it outperformed the established alternative asset investments such as watches, art and cars.

In the last couple of years, we have witnessed some incredible whisky sales, including a rare individual bottle of Macallan 1926 that broke records at auction, selling for $2.7 million in 2023. In 2018, over £40.7m of rare whisky was sold at auction houses in the UK. A cask of Macallan distilled in 1989 sold for $572,000 in 2020 – a record price for a maturing cask of whisky.

The Whisky Cask Index, a study generated by Cask 88, Braeburn Whisky and, shows steady growth across the previous years, as well as the rate at which casks appreciate annually being on the rise. This appreciating rate can be attributed to the positive impact of both the maturity of the whisky, as well as a response to the increasing demand as whisky supply is sold in to a more diverse range of global markets.


Investable Whisky vs. Other Investments


Comparisons are made between the whisky cask market and other luxury commodities. However, there are many features of whisky that make it unique. It is, therefore, challenging to analyze the market without considering variable factors, such as the characteristics of the cask that make it one of a kind.

The complexity is also enhanced by the fact that, unlike a piece of art, or a collectible bottle of already-bottled whisky, the value of casks is not only dependent on demand, but also the maturation of the cask. Therefore, a cask purchased this year will effectively become a new product as the years pass.

The Whisky Cask Index demonstrates the projected values of a sample of twenty casks from a variation of distilleries across the globe with varying age profiles. It is worth noting that even during the global pandemic that affected economies in early 2020, the Whisky Cask Index remained optimistic and even showed growth.

In this data analysis, not a single distillery index showed negative returns over the past 5 years, which confirms that the investable wine market is quite robust and highly resistant to negative impacts on the global economy.


Top 10 Whisky Distilleries 



Overall Annual Capital Growth in the study across all distilleries and regions demonstrated a 13% increase in value, as of 2021/2022. This was further broken down by distillery in order to understand the highest achieving distilleries by capital growth.

The top 10 distilleries by capital growth are as follows:

  • Laphroaig,
  • Bunnahabhain,
  • Staoisha,
  • Macallan,
  • Highland Park,
  • Caol ILA,
  • Springbank,
  • Benriach,
  • Bowmore, and
  • Jura.

It is extremely positive that no single Scottish distillery demonstrated a negative index in capital growth. Projections ranged from a predicted annual capital growth of 5.13% for a small Scottish distillery, Ardmore, to larger scale popular distilleries such as Laphroaig and Macallan, which both show projected returns approaching 20% per annum.

The top distillery by predicted annual growth is Laphroaig, in which demand is continually increasing past supply. The following two distilleries in the league table are both located in Islay, with both Bunnahabhain and Staoisha showcasing the popularity of this region.

In terms of distillery territories, it is worth noting that whisky produced on Scottish islands dominate the top ten in the capital growth league table with only Macallan, Springbank and BenRiach representing mainland distilleries in this comparative list.


Whisky Investment Trends and Future Prospects


As the whisky market grows and expands into new and established markets, it has been predicted that demand will align with this growth and, therefore, will require supply to also increase.

With increased worldwide demand of whisky, the value of whisky in casks will only increase. In particular, the value of whisky in casks will increase for more aged whisky, along with the value of whisky produced in 2020 and 2021 during the global pandemic due to the closures of distilleries, which meant that there was reduced supply.

It is no surprise, therefore, that name brand whiskies distilled in 2020/2021 saw an acceleration in growth due to the lack of availability over this time frame and increased demand making it highly investible whisky.

Data collated in 2021/2022 was reflective of the trends that have been witnessed in the whisky market over the years, with extremely reassuring outcomes since. This is noticeable in the fact that the aforementioned whisky index did not record any negative returns throughout the period of the study.

The projected annual capital growth across the distilleries is expected to continue into the near future. If growth continues at a comparable rate, data suggests investments made in to casks from one of the top ten distilleries could see their investment double in value over the next 5 years. In times of great economic uncertainty around the world, these findings provide great investment prospects for the future and days ahead.




Whether or not you are a passionate whisky drinker, taking the plunge in to whisky investment can be quite rewarding. It is easy to invest in wine. Consult with a financial expert in the beginning who can educate and advise you on your investments.

Once you have all the knowledge and tools necessary to make well-informed choices, the returns on your whisky investment can be just as sweet as the drink itself, if not more.

Alexis Davis is a senior staff writer at She covers different topics, including business, health, and technology.