Holyrood gives chance to customise whisky casks

10th May, 2019 by Melita Kiely

Edinburgh’s first single malt distillery since 1925 has put 100 casks up for sale, allowing consumers to customise their own whiskies.


L-r: Laika the dog, Dr Jack Mayo and David Robertson

Holyrood Distillery is set to open in July this year and has made 100 casks available to consumers through The Holyrood Cask Programme.

Three cask types will be available to purchase: a barrel (200 litres), priced at £4,500; a hogshead (250 litres), priced at £5,500 (US$5,858); and a butt (500 litres), priced at £10,500 (US$13,668).

The costs include flavour consultation with head distiller Dr Jack Mayo and co-founder David Robertson, whisky creation, the cask, storage for 10 years, sampling, insurance, labelling and bottling.

The distillery plans to focus on four core flavours: smoky, spicy, sweet and floral/fruity.

Casks are limited to two per person and require a £1,500 (US$1,953) deposit.

Robertson said: “Normally, if you invest in buying a cask of whisky from a distillery you are limited to their spirit, perhaps with a choice of one or two cask types.

“But we’re flipping things on their head and giving buyers the chance to design the flavour. By working with me and Jack, they can have a hand in each step of the whisky’s journey and be in control of shaping how the whisky tastes.”

For more information, visit casks.holyrooddistillery.co.uk/enquire.

Plans for Holyrood Distillery were approved in 2017 and last year, the distillery raised £5.8 million (US$8.3m) to build the site and visitor centre.

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