Bidding on a selection of lots under the theme of Maritime Malts, showcasing whiskies from top Scottish coastal distilleries, has been opened by Cask 88, an Edinburgh-based Scottish whisky broker.

Patrick Costello, a director, said: “We have been in the whisky cask market for many years and have seen demand for cask whisky grow enormously.

“Clients buy for various reasons, including bespoke bottling, special gifts, or as an alternative investment.

“The auction market for whisky bottles has multiplied in size in recent years, and we see an emerging marketplace for whisky casks following suit.”

He added: “We only list casks from private individuals and it is not just die-hard whisky enthusiasts, or wealthy individuals, who are purchasing whisky casks these days.

“Savvy investors are looking to diversify their portfolios with a product that has experienced spectacular recent returns.,”

To register to bid and view active lots visit http://auctions.cask88.com/