In the 1650s, the newest exciting development had arrived on Britain’s shores, this time it was tea from China. As it was brought back from overseas, tea was incredibly scarce and as such its price was very high; in 1664, the cost of tea was already 40s per pound, although this is not as high […]
A tankard is a lidded vessel used to drink out of, usually for beer or cider, and is often made of silver. The earliest known accounts referencing tankards date back as early as the 14th century, however, the earliest surviving tankards come from the 15th century. These early examples were often pear-shaped and have a […]
The word ‘salver’ likely stems from the Spanish word ‘salva’ which means ‘to preserve’. This makes sense when considering that salvers appear to originate from the Middle Ages as a way of presenting food to be tested in a time where the threat of poison was very real and widespread. Any flat dish can be […]
A canister for holding loose tea leaves, a tea caddy originates from the east in places such as China and India, and takes its name from the Malay ‘kati’ which means 1 ⅕ pounds. As such, early western tea caddies take their form from Chinese porcelain examples. These were most commonly rectangular or octagonal and […]
In our second installment of Phil Your Glass, Phil is reviewing the Laphroaig 1967 Gordon & Macphail bottling. This is from the Connoisseur’s Choice series and is bottled at 40% ABV. Find his full review and commentary below
Earlier this year it was announced that Gordon & Macphail would break Macallan’s record for the oldest single malt Scotch whisky ever bottled with the release of the Glenlivet 1940 80 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Generations. Last night, this bottling broke yet another record and became the most expensive independently bottled single malt Scotch […]
The classic vintage Glen Cawdor 1964 single malt whisky, bottled by Samaroli, has arrived on the Mark Littler Ltd marketplace. Samaroli is one of the most renowned independent bottlers of scotch whisky, and was the first to be established outside of the UK. This Glen Cawdor takes its whisky from a 1964 Springbank cask and […]
Mark Littler Ltd has been featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Affluent Lifestyle Magazine. The 8 page spread discusses our recently released Bottle Investment Guide and features a sneak peak into chapter one.
The Samaroli name has become one of the most famous within the whisky industry since the independent bottler was established in 1968, but where did it originate from?
The Macallan 18 Year Old series is the longest ongoing series by Macallan. Beginning in 1984, an 18 year old expression has been released by the distillery every year. The bottles are amongst the most collectable Macallans out there, with many whisky collectors and investors dreaming of building a Macallan 18 Year Old vertical much […]
At Mark Littler Ltd we have helped hundreds of people sell their old and rare bottles of whisky, from Bowmores to Macallans. We have also helped clients to sell Macallan Royal Marriages. There are two incarnations of The Macallan Royal Marriage, one that was released in 1981 to celebrate the marriage of Charles & Diana, […]
One of the largest whisky auctions in the UK, Whisky Auctioneer has announced a collaboration with whisky giant Glenfiddich to hold an exclusive auction featuring unique artwork by Simon Berger.
At Mark Littler Ltd we have been working on our comprehensive Whisky Investment Guide, aiming to give investors and collectors an understanding of the market and the tools to navigate it. We aim to help you invest logically and with all the information at your disposal. The following article is an extract from the guide, […]
The Springbank 50 Year Old is the oldest expression from the Campbeltown distillery and its whisky heralds from the year 1919. This incredibly rare bottling is, in its first iteration, presented in a pear shaped, 26 ⅔ fl oz bottle and has a strength of 66.3 proof. Whilst the 1919 distillation year isn’t included on […]
The issue of fraudulent cask investment has been receiving traction in the press for a few months now, with cask ownership transfer and misleading information being the subject of articles in Forbes, Cask & Still Magazine, and Whisky Magazine. Now, financial website This Is Money has picked up on the issue. In an article called […]
Drinks giant Pernod Ricard, owner of the Aberlour and Glenlivet distilleries, announced today (September 21st 2021) that it has purchased spirits retailer, The Whisky Exchange. The Whisky Exchange is a highly successful spirits retailer comprising three physical retail stores in central London as well as a huge online stock list on their website. Whilst the […]
We did it! Well, technically speaking, we didn’t, Angus MacRaild did. But we commissioned the tasting notes and paid for the bottle. But the question on most people’s minds would be “why”. Why We Commissioned The World’s First Tasting Notes on Private Eye There are three reasons we commissioned these tasting notes. Firstly, Private Eye […]
Here at Mark Littler Ltd, we are not ashamed to admit that we are very investment focused, both in our articles and our YouTube videos. It would be naive not to acknowledge that a very large portion of the market is filled by collectors and investors whose main focus is solely driven by the value […]
The Black Bowmore series has had numerous iterations and has had a varied secondary market performance. In today’s video we’re looking at why the Black Bowmore is so appealing to collectors and investors as well as taking a look at the market trajectory that the bottles have taken.
There are many different ways of investing your money in assets or stocks, and some carry more risk than others. One of the most risky tactics in investment is the ‘Greater Fool Theory’. The Greater Fool Theory can also be found in whisky investment. But what exactly does it mean? The Greater Fool Theory is […]