Depending on where you look and who you speak to, you will find two camps in the whisky world. The first, made up of (mostly) drinkers and long standing whisky collectors, bemoaning that whisky is too expensive. The second camp may be just us, wondering why whisky is so cheap? Bear with us while we […]
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Laurence Stephen Lowry is best known for his distinctive matchstick men and industrial townscapes. In 2022 a new record was set for his original oil paintings when the iconic ‘Going To The Match’ raised just over £7.8 million (£6.6 plus buyers premium). The rising prices for Lowry’s originals has had a positive impact on the […]
Johnnie Walker is the best-selling scotch whisky in the world, and has attained global recognition, not just in the whisky markets. The core range of seven blended whiskies caters to all palates, demands and budgets, and ranges from Red Label’s ideal cocktail mixer to the premium Blue Label, which blends aged and rare whiskies. Beyond […]
One question we often get asked is whether casks or bottles are the best whisky investment. Well, the answer depends on you. Below we’ll run through the things you need to consider when you are deciding if casks or bottles are the best whisky investment for your needs.
Historically bottles of whisky have seen per annum returns that vary between 40% growth all the way down to negative 12%… Ultimately whisky is like any other investment; whether it is a good investment depends on which bottles you buy, and when. To give you more of an in-depth understanding of how bottled whisky can […]
In March 2023 the ballot for the highly anticipated Springbank Countdown Collection opened. The release was exciting for a few different reasons, but from our position it was interesting to see a Springbank that was finally priced appropriately. If you’re a Springbank drinker furious about the steep price tag then bear with us while we […]
Just like any other investment you might be looking into, there is no one size fits all approach to how to invest in bottles of whisky. Your bottle purchase strategy is going to depend on what you are looking to achieve, your preferred length of investment and initial capital.
The start of 2023 has seen cask investment under the spotlight as BBC Radio 4 and now The Telegraph have covered the liquid alternative asset. The February 2023 Telegraph article is titled “Avoid being caught over a barrel, whisky investors told” follows on from the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme’s “The Wild West of Whisky: […]
We all know and love peated whisky, but with climate change on the rise and growing concerns about the sustainability of peat, is the profile of whisky about to change forever? Contents: What Is Peat and How Is It Made? What Is Meant By Peat Flavour in Whisky? Where Does Whisky Get Its Peat From? […]
If you are beginning to collect whisky, or if you have a collection already, it is vital that you know how to store your bottles correctly to ensure they maintain their quality and value. Read on to find out why storage is important and our 4 steps to successful storage. Why is storage important? Correct […]
A delivery order is the industry standard way of transferring ownership of a cask between two people. It is a document signed by the seller and the buyer and acknowledged by the warehouse where the cask is stored. The legal requirement for a delivery order was revoked in 2006, however it still remains the industry […]
In January 2023 we were thrilled to be part of the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme’s The Wild West of Whisky: From Cask Investment to Dram Scams. This is a really important listen for anyone interested in cask investment, or just whisky investment in general and it was our pleasure to be involved.
Casks have become an increasingly popular alternative investment over the last few years. If you are looking to buy a cask of whisky in 2023 there are 6 things to think about before you purchase to make sure your money is safe and able to work for you over the long term. 1: A delivery […]
If you are thinking of alternative investments in 2023 you may be considering investing in whisky bottles or casks. It can be difficult to know where to start in the world of alternative investments, especially in unregulated markets. Here at Mark Littler we have an education first approach to helping you choose if whisky is […]
You’re a whisky collector, it’s 2023, and you might think Bell’s decanters are not relevant to you. However Bell’s decanters once sold for £1,200 and now sell for £30. We think that the change in value of Bell’s bells since the 1990s has lessons to teach modern whisky collectors and investors. What is Bells Whisky […]
Recently a cask of Ardbeg was reported to have sold for £16,000,000 – this is not the case though, and in the video Mark explains why. We are generally conditioned to believe what the media reports is true. In this case the media were not technically wrong but without a full understanding of the costs […]
[Updated Jan 2023] There is no perfect time to sell a cask of whisky as no two casks are the same. When deciding when to sell your cask you should start by answering these questions: What is the health of your cask? How long have you had the cask? How old is your cask? Question one is […]
If you are looking to sell whisky bottles then this article runs through the different ways to sell and the benefits and limitations of each. If you prefer you can also watch the below video. If you want a free valuation for your bottle and professional advice on how to sell it for the most […]
Whether you have a couple of bottles or an extensive collection, if you have spent time and money building a whisky bottle collection then it is worth spending a little time to check that it is insured. A lot of collectors assume their bottles are covered on their household insurance, but as general insurers have […]