Thursday, September 21, 2023


A new organisation established to create a safe environment for whisky enthusiasts and customers to buy and sell casks, has today been launched.

By setting best practices in cask whisky ownership and sale, the Cask Whisky Association aims to protect cask whisky customers and the wider whisky industry.

Founding Board Members of the Cask Whisky Association

The Cask Whisky Association is made up of two boards of members and advisors and includes cask whisky businesses, distilleries, independent bottlers, whisky experts, authors, as well as legal and insurance professionals working within the sector.

The association is in discussions with the Scotch Whisky Association, the Worshipful Company of Distillers and the Advertising Standards Authority, seeking cooperation and collaboration to address issues in the sector. It is also petitioning The Bonded Warehouse keepers Association to gain their support.

Wendy Chamberlain MP, Chair of the Scotch Whisky APPG, has today written to the business minister responsible for the Digital Markets, Competition, and Consumers Bill, seeking clarification on whether the new consumer legislation will increase protections for investors in cask whisky.

Commenting on the news, Colin Hampden-White, Chairman of the Advisory Board and spokesman for the Cask Whisky Association, said: “The Association’s goal is to uphold the overall reputation of the Scotch whisky industry. The Cask Whisky Association exists to protect private customers from unscrupulous business practices and traders and safeguard independent bottlers from over-inflated pricing,” Colin says, adding: “Our Members are committed to, and will provide guidance on, best practice."

Membership to the Cask Whisky Association is open to UK-based, financially-stable companies who uphold quality standards and retain all appropriate licences. It’s a voluntary organisation open to all cask whisky companies. Applications will be reviewed semi-annually by the executive board and overseen by the independent advisory board.

Posted by Steve Rush