Firmly established as a worldwide business, whisky accounts for around a quarter of food and drinks exports from the UK. Notably, around nine-tenths of all whisky distilled in Scotland is sold abroad.
Demand for premium Scotch whisky remains buoyant, stoked by limited supply and international buyers. On the limited occasions when scarce varieties do come up for sale at auction or elsewhere, sale prices tend to reflect these market conditions.
In addition to approximately 120 distilleries in Scotland, there are around forty inactive ones. These so-called silent or ghost distilleries no longer produce new casks of spirit, but they still release aged whisky as it matures. Frequently, the rarity factor and goodwill associated with their names mean that the product is very much sought after; a golden opportunity, one might say.