Australian Whisky Barrel Ownership Opportunity


Limited-Time Opportunity
  • SMSF Approved

  • Strong and Growing Market
  • No Capital Loss
  • Insurance and Storage Included
  • Over 15 Years Of Whiskey Industry Expertise

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About Coburns

The building of Coburns Distillery is a journey that started 15 years ago when Mark Coburn was in his mid 30’s.

Ten years ago, Mark boldly told his family that he wanted to be able to drink his own 20-year-old single malt by the time he turned 70, and once the idea had been set free there was some serious work to be done.

In May 2016 Mark turned 49. He knew he only had a year left to realise his dream of getting spirit into a barrel, so the process of building Coburns distillery had to begin. Three years earlier Mark had found a whisky mentor who had been pointing him in the right direction and introducing him to all the right industry people to help him achieve his dream.

After 10 years of research, Mark had narrowed down the type and style of spirit he wanted to make. For Mark, it had to be a single malt whisky that was true to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, with a whisky to represent each of the four seasons.

Barrel Ownership

We began filling barrels with malt spirit back on 28th July 2017.

Coming into our fourth year of Private Barrel Ownership, we are looking to raise the bar in terms of exclusivity, knowing we have something truly unique to offer to our barrel owners.

You will be able to purchase 2020 Premium Series Barrels from the beginning of March, when we will be offering and filling some very bespoke barrels.

2020 Premium Series: This year, we are having 4 periods in which you can buy a barrel from our premium and extremely limited series.

Once these casks are gone, they’re gone. Be sure to check our website, social media platforms & newsletters to find out how and when you can buy these said barrels, or better yet, get in touch with Jenni our Barrel Custodian to give you the best insight to what to buy and when.

Private Barrel Owners will truly become a part of the history of Coburns Distillery and the history of Australian Whisky, as together we watch the spirit mature into Single Malt Whisky.

Why Own Whisky Barrels?

Many whisky fans buy a barrel as an investment – for instance the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2019 revealed that Scotch whisky is now seeing greater returns than classic cars, wine, jewellery, diamonds and watches. With bottles of Scotch whisky achieving more than $1M at auction in 2018, the potential for return in entire barrels has never been stronger. Over the last 10 years, rare whisky has witnessed a 580% increase in value and Andrew Shirley, a Knight Frank partner says that;

“Nothing can be compared with whisky in terms of its profitability, it has proved its status as an alternative investment to oil and gold” While this may be true, we have found that many more people buy barrels for consumption. Often a group of friends or family club together to buy a barrel, because they may want something to bottle for gifting in the future, perhaps to celebrate a marriage or the birth of a new baby. Others buy whisky barrels because they are fascinated by its evolution, and love to follow the progress of the spirit as it matures.

And that’s part of the attraction: whisky in the barrels goes on evolving in a way that bottled whisky does not. What’s more, every single barrel that we fill is unique: we can fill two identical barrels with the same spirit and put them in our warehouse for the same period of time, and they’ll still turn out slightly unique. This is what makes buying whisky by the barrel so fascinating.

How It Works

  • Purchase a barrel of whiskey for AUD $10,000 plus GST.
  • The barrel comes with a buyback contract attached. Suitable for SMSF ownership.
  • Maturity of the barrel is from 5 to 7 years. The company buys the barrel back from you at the cost price + 8% compounding for each year.

  • You are able to keep up to half the whisky in the barrel on a pro rata basis.

What our Customers Say

“My first visit was June 2018, and I still can’t wait to get back. Mark took the time to show me around the property and what he was doing to complete the fit out of barrel store #1 – which I understand is now overflowing with barrels of whisky, some owned by the business, some by investors – all numbered and tracked by the ATO.

I can see this business only going from strength to strength as it continues growing and very much look forward to seeing it all come together. Even more so looking forward to tasting the finished product once it’s in bottles! :)”

Dyon Swanborough
“Building a distillery from scratch is a labour of love and the operator, Mark Coburn, loves what he is doing and he knows his stuff. What we appreciated was the opportunity to invest in our own barrel and actually feel part of the process. That was what made this place different for us over other distillers.”
Michael Maher

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