I am going to the UK next week and have been asked to look into the condition and circumstances of two hogsheads that were bought in December 2000 by some acquaintances here. I guess that the fact that they aren't together any more has contributed to their lack of success in finding out. As far as I can see they have been keeping up with their payments.
If I manage to successfully locate the whisky, what are my alternatives?
How much longer will it need to mature, or is that only answered with a sampling?
And if I do get it bottled, in the region of how many bottles and how much duty?
With regards to the whisky's maturity, will that's a very open question and is influenced by many factors but I would have thought that after 12 years your whisky should be ready for bottling. You may find the following web site helpful with answering your other queries http://www.whiskybroker.co.uk/index_files/home.htm regarding bottling, duty and VAT, plus if you're shipping the whisky out of the UK to a non EU country you will be able to claim the VAT back but I'm not sure about the duty, I think you may need to seek advice on that matter, but all these matters are academic until you've found your casks.
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