Whisky fans have the chance to own a piece of liquid history as an auctioneer is exclusively selling casks containing the first drops from Dunnet Bay Distillers.
The Caithness-based distillery, which produces the internationally renowned Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka, has just announced a £4 million expansion into Scotland’s national drink, partnering with Ellon-based Whisky Hammer for an early bird investment opportunity.
Just 200 casks of the Stannergill Whisky are available, with investors able to pre-order a 250-litre cask for £4,750.
The sale went live at 12pm on Monday, November 7, with Whisky Hammer expecting it to attract buyers from around the world.
This is the second time Whisky Hammer has exclusively sold casks to raise capital for a new distillery.
Back in 2020, its first cask sale for 8 Doors Distillery in John O’Groats saw all 200 casks sell in less than 48 hours.
‘Dunnet Bay Distillers is known for producing high-quality spirits’
Co-founder and managing director of Whisky Hammer, Daniel Milne said: “Dunnet Bay Distillers is known for producing high-quality spirits, so we’re extremely proud to be representing the first casks of what we’re certain will develop into an incredible dram.
“Cask investment continues to grow in popularity, with those who purchase a cask of Stannergill Whisky able to see their whisky reach different milestones and develop its character and personality. It’s an exciting process to be part of.
“Our sale represents the only time the Stannergill Whisky casks will be available at this price, so we’re expecting there to be a lot of interest.”
Co-founder and co-director of Dunnet Bay Distillers, Claire Murray added: “We are excited to launch these early opportunities for people not only locally but across the world to get involved by buying a stake in the new whisky.”
Following purchase, buyers will be able to chart the progression of their cask as it matures into single malt whisky in a dunnage warehouse, where the fresh sea air blowing from Dunnet Bay will contribute to the creation of a smooth, mellow spirit.
Dunnet Bay Distillers expects the whisky to be lighter and fruitier than many traditional Scotch whiskies, influenced by the distinctive coastal location of the distillery.