The inventors of whisky investments

Scotch Whisky International was born out of pure passion for single malt Scotch whisky. When founder Michel Kappen decided to quit his job at Rabobank in 2002 and focus on the world of his much beloved single malt Scotch whisky, he didn’t know yet that he would discover a new investment opportunity. He started his new career as the Whisky Talker and held lectures and tastings all over the Netherlands, selling bottles of single malt Scotch.

Unprecedented historical return

During his time as Whisky Talker, Michel Kappen also did extensive research into the price development of 620 different whiskies that were bottled between 1936 and 2007 and offered for sale on the market. This research showed that in the period under review the value of single malt Scotch whisky increased by 6.6% on average each year. Armed with this knowledge, he launched his first investment products in late 2007. From that day on the invested capital has started to grow and by now it amounts to more than 47 million euros.

Trading in bottles (and barrels) of single malt whisky

Currently we are a trading house that not only has an office in the Dutch town of Sassenheim, but also has its own location in Scotland. We trade exclusively in bottles and barrels of rare single malt Scotch whisky. Moreover, our staff handle the entire process from barrel to bottle and from raw material to final product for the barrels that we sell to our investors. With our investment products you can benefit from the attractive developments in the whisky market.

Characteristics of Scotch Whisky International:

  • Trading company in Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with a financial objective
  • From raw material to final product from barrel to bottle
  • Experts in the ageing of barrels of whisky
  • Various investment products for private individuals
  • Minimum investment of €25000
  • Purchase from parties that were previously only accessible to ‘brokers’

Company milestones

2002
Michel Kappen quits Rabobank and starts working as The Whisky Talker​
2006
Michel studies historical value development of single malt Scotch whisky
2007
Launch of first investment products​
2007
Launch of World Whisky Index
2015
Purchase of Zagatti-collection
2017
Approximately € 47 million invested in whisky portfolios
2018
Launch of successor World Whisky Index