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Visit the Mark Littler blog to learn more about what makes bottles so sought after, histories of distilleries and much more.
Johnnie Walker: A History of The World’s Best Selling Scotch
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 […]
The Midleton Very (Very) Rare 1988
The Midleton Very Rare series is one of Ireland’s most famous whiskey exploits. Beginning in 1984, the Midleton Very Rare series was created to showcase the whiskies produced at the distillery, which is located in County Cork, Ireland. As the name suggests, these whiskies are rare, with releases often totalling 2,500 cases per year. However, […]
Glenfarclas Family Collector Series: Undervalued or Properly Priced?
Glenfarclas Distillery is one of the only remaining family-run distilleries in Scotland and has used traditional distilling methods to put itself on the map both in terms of quality and investment purposes. The distillery has released a number of high-age statement and vintage releases that showcase Glenfarclas’s range and potential. One such release is the […]
Ardbeg 1965: The Envy of Islay, History & Marketing Analysis
The Ardbeg 1965 is one of the distillery’s most limited, most expensive, and most sought-after bottlings on the secondary market. This legendary bottling was released at a time when Ardbeg was rebuilding its brand following a purchase by Glenmorangie plc in 1997. Amongst other strategic vintage releases, this bottling helped to put Ardbeg back on […]
Whisky investment: bottles or casks?
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.
Springbank Millennium Collection: An Undervalued Vertical?
New Year’s Eve 1999 was celebrated in hundreds of different ways worldwide as billions rang in a new millennium. From fireworks and parties to light shows, the year 2000 was welcomed in style. However, celebrations were much more understated in a small, family-run Campbeltown distillery. The Springbank Millennium Collection is one of Springbank’s most ambitious […]
Is bottled whisky a good investment?
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 […]
The Springbank Countdown Collection: Has Springbank Finally Started Pricing its Whiskies Correctly?
This week the ballot for the highly anticipated Springbank Countdown Collection opened. The release is exciting for a few different reasons, but from our position it is interesting to see a Springbank that is finally priced appropriately. If you’re a Springbank drinker furious about the steep price tag then bear with us while we explain.
How to invest in whisky bottles
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.
How now? Sir Quentin Blake Illustrates A Series of Scotch Whiskies Inspired By Macbeth
It is often said that one should expect the unexpected. Well, did anyone expect a collaboration between Elixir Distillers, Livingstone, Sir Quentin Blake, and William Shakespeare? This new, limited edition series of whiskies presents the characters of Macbeth as you have never seen them before. Sir Quentin Blake is a British cartoonist and illustrator who […]
The Telegraph Advises Caution With Whisky Investment
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: […]
How Can You Buy Vintage Macallan For Under £1,500?
Is The First Cask Collection The Next Big Thing? Anybody who has spent a lot of time trawling the whisky market for exciting bottles will have, no doubt, come across the First Cask Collection. The collection, created and distributed by Direct Wines Ltd, ran from the early 1990s until the late 2000s and has over […]
What is Peated Whisky? And is it Sustainable?
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? […]
SMWS Celebrates 40th Anniversary In A Big Way
Who would have thought that a single-cask whisky club formed in the middle of the 1980s Whisky Loch would see so much success? Industry experts certainly did not think so. How wrong they were. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, formed by an Edinburgh-based account, Pip Hills, in 1983 is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023. […]
How To Store Whisky Bottles
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 […]
What is a delivery order and how do you get one?
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 […]
Spirit of Speyside Festival 2023 Dates Confirmed
One of Scotland’s biggest whisky festivals is returning to Speyside in 2023. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has been running annually since 1999 and is a multi-day, multi-event festival celebrating all that there is to love about Scotland’s national beverage. In 2023, you can celebrate all things whisky at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky […]
Macallan Adds 77 Year Old To The Macallan Red Collection
Macallan has released yet another super-high-age single malt as a 77 year old whisky joins the ranks of the Macallan Red Collection. The Red Collection was launched in 2020 with the release of 6 single malts (original retail price stated): The Macallan Red Collection 40 Years Old – £11,300 The Macallan Red Collection 50 Years […]
AFO BBC Radio 4 – The Wild West of Whisky: From Cask Investments to Dram Scams
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.
Kim Kardashian Buys Diana’s Iconic Attallah Cross
Kim Kardashian is now the proud owner of the Attallah Cross, a necklace that was famously worn by Princess Diana a number of times, the first being in 1987. The stunning cross-shaped pendant was created by jewellery house Garrard in the 1920s, many believe as a one-off commission. It consists of 11 square-cut amethysts surrounded […]
A £20,000 Bargain Bottle of Brora
This month a bottle of 1920s Clynelish sold at auction. This was a stunning example of a bottle that is around 100 years old and may well be the only one of its kind left, which makes the hammer price of £20,300 seem very reasonable! I think this bottle is a good example of how […]