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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 The legal requirement for a delivery order was revoked in 2006, however it still remains the industry […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The world record price for a bottle of whisky has been broken just 14 times. The current world record price is easy to find, but a comprehensive history of the most expensive bottles in the world stretching back to when the market first emerged, hasn’t existed before now. Compiled by Mark Littler Ltd and first […]
Considering the similarities between the Macallan Select Reserve series and the Macallan Fine & Rare collection, it will be no surprise that one is quite heavily based upon the other. We currently have a Macallan 1948 Select Reserve listed on our shop. One of the most common questions we receive about this bottle is: what […]
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 […]
Mark Littler Ltd are proud to announce the sale of the The Timeless Whisky Collection, the most valuable whisky collection ever to be brought to auction in the USA. The collection comprises 497 individual lots and has a pre-sale estimate of $1.6 million – $2.1 million. The collection was built over many years by a […]
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 […]
British silver and gold hallmarking have an extensive and complicated history, involving the introduction and abolition of certain hallmarks, and the extensive format changes of others. The result of the British hallmarking system is a strict and streamlined system that helps to regulate the purity and origins of precious and semi-precious metals. Henry II is […]
[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 […]
If you are thinking of buying a whisky cask, you may be wondering whether to go for an ex sherry cask. This video and blog will help you decide whether a sherry cask is for you. The first thing to understand is what a sherry cask actually is in today’s whisky market. You may want […]
We all know and love sherried whisky, but what exactly is a sherry cask? In this video we take a deep dive into the history of sherry casks and their use in the whisky industry.A big thank you again to Speyside Cooperage for hosting me. Do check it out if you ever find yourself up […]
One of the most prestigious series of single malt whiskies ever released, the Glenfarclas Pagoda Series is without question amongst the most complex, spectacular, and luxury collections of bottlings produced by any distillery. The Glenfarclas Pagoda Series pays tribute to the pagoda-style kiln invented by Charles Doig over 130 years ago, an integral part of […]