UniCask is using NFTs to offer tradeable, fractionalized shares in a cask of Springbank 1991 Scotch whiskey, opening the market to amateurs and connoisseurs.
A Japanese spirits firm has announced plans to offer fractional ownership of single casks of Scotch whisky using NFT tokens.
“Trading spirits in wooden casks (where the spirits' value increases as a vintage item) has been limited to small communities, such as among acquaintances of distilleries or people in the spirits business, which made it extremely difficult, or practically impossible for average collectors and amateurs to participate.”
Aside from the financial side of the UniCask offering, bottles of single-barrel malts are prized by whisky connoisseurs but can be very difficult to find without access to stores with large and expensive collections.
In April 2021, the company began using NFTs to sell whole casks of Japanese whisky — the country’s own “Scotch” whisky has become highly prized around the world — internationally. Now it is taking the next step, making “ownership of whisky and spirits casks possible for everyone by fractionalizing a whisky cask into NFTs with blockchain technology.”
The paper trail traditionally associated with cask sales makes it “troublesome for distilleries and warehouses to identify the rightful owner and keep the records,” UniCask said, adding that lost or incorrect paperwork makes proving ownership a “hassle” — whereas proving provenance is a strength of NFTs.
A Whisky Investment
UniCask’s tokens are tradeable for profit, but are clearly aimed at whisky drinkers: UniCask NFTs not only provide ownership of future bottles, they allow “owners to partake in UniCask's games (where each NFT has its own unique attributes), and the tickets to the exclusive UniCask community,” the company said.