Bottles are the end product in the chain of producing whisky. You can't change the characteristics of a bottle (e.g. age) anymore. Whisky in cask is like a raw material, where age, quality and scarcity are not yet finalized. The table below shows the differences.
Whisky in cask
End product in the chain of producing whisky
Age and quality is determined
Maturing in cask
Value increase driven by scarcity
Age can be extending the maturation period.
Quality can be improved by re-racking into other casks.
|Scarcity is dependent on the moment of releasing the bottles.|