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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the buy-back guarantee?
We will buy your whisky back once we have determined that your barrel has reached maturation (no earlier than 3 years and no later than 5 years). We will pay out the purchase price + the compounded return.
When will you buy-back the barrel?
Within 3 to 5 years, once the barrel has reached maturation.
Who stores the barrel?
We store the barrels in our ATO monitored bond store. The location of the bond store will be disclosed upon purchase of your barrels. The Australian Taxation Office can conduct an audit at any point without providing notice to make sure our records are up to date and barrels are being managed and maintained properly. We cannot relocate or remove your barrel from the bond store without requesting permission from the ATO.
Can I try the whisky before I buy a barrel?

We hold regular tastings in capital cities across Australia. Visit our Events page for up to date event information.

How do I know that Coburns will honour the buy back?
The quick answer is that the whisky in the barrel is worth about double the buy-back price. We have wholesale opportunities to supply our spirit to international and national markets each wanting all of the whisky we can produce.
Who determines when the barrels come to maturation?
Every barrel goes through sampling and testing. When a barrel is getting closer to maturation (between 3 to 5 years) we will then test it every 6-12 months until we determine that it has reached the perfect flavour profile.
Can I keep some of my whisky?
All barrels come with a buy-back contract attached. This contract allows you to keep up to half the whisky in the barrel and the distillery will buy the remainder back. For example: If you keep 10% of the matured whisky, we will buy the remaining 90% of the whisky, and pay you 90% of the buy-back amount on a pro rata basis. or If you keep 50%, we will buy the remaining 50% of the whisky and pay you 50% of the buy-back amount. Note: You do not have to keep any whisky at the end if this is just an investment for you.
Can I continue my investment for longer?
When the whisky in your barrel reaches maturity, you can choose to reinvest your payout into new barrels and continue your investment.
How is this investment protected?

We have a number of protections in place:

  • Every barrel is registered through a national register managed by the federal government called the Personal Property Securities Register
  • Your barrel is stored in an ATO monitored bond store, which means we can not relocate your barrel without permission from the ATO and they can audit us at any point
  • Your barrels are fully insured
  • Our contract offers fixed, compounding returns
  • The legally binding buy back contract means you will be cashed out within 3 to 5 years without having to find a buyer yourself.
Is there a limit on how many barrels I can buy?

Minimum investment is a single barrel purchase. There is no maximum limit you can own.

How do I know that I’m investing in high-quality whisky?
Don’t take our word for it! We’ve won awards from the world’s most prestigious competitions recognising Coburns as producing ultra-premium whisky.