BUY A CASK OF BALBLAIR

At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Balblair whisky at a fair price.

Buy with confidence from a broker with more than 300 five-star reviews from customers just like you.

Buy a Balblalir whisky cask

Are you looking to buy a cask of Balblair whisky? We are specialist brokers with hundreds of five-star reviews and a proven track record of helping and educating people to ensure they make the right decision when they come to buy a cask of Balblair.

As we are whisky cask brokers (rather than dealers) we’ll be able to find you your perfect cask of Balblair. 

By choosing to purchase a cask through Mark Littler you gain access to the whole cask market rather than just our own inventory. That means when you come to sell your cask you will not be selling the same product as everyone else (as is the case when people buy from distillery investment schemes), meaning your cask will command a premium.

If you think that a cask or casks from Balblair distillery is the right choice for you then we can help you find you the cask that meets your needs. Alternatively, if you are open to suggestions then we can also discuss other potential matches for your cask investment needs.  

Buy A Cask of Balblair

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How Mark Littler Can Help You

Let’s assume you have read our cask guide and watched all of our cask investment videos.  If not, follow the links and put yourself in an informed position before you buy.

If you think that casks are a good investment for you then we can now help you find you the perfect cask for your needs. 

Here is what we do in a nutshell:

Fact finding & cask selection

Mr Smith comes to us to find three casks, one for each of his three grandchildren.  We find him casks a selection of casks from Bruichladdich, Ben Nevis, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg, Springbank, Highland Park and Arran to meet his budget and needs.  His casks are then moved to our exclusive HMRC Bonded Warehouse.

Making the most of your investment

Mr Smith visits his casks every 2-3 years on his way up to Scotland.  He contacts us every Christmas to have 6 bottles drawn from each of his casks.

We have the bottles applied with bespoke labels and he enjoys how the whisky inside his casks is maturing and developing.

Return on investment

When his grandchildren reach 21 they decide to sell their casks.  Mark Littler LTD. help them draw a final six bottles from the cask as a keepsake.  The casks are then sold in bond and the three grandchildren each use the proceeds from the sales towards a house deposit.  Best of all their profits are free from Capital Gains Tax.

How We Evolved As A Broker

We don’t only sell casks to people. In fact, our primary business is selling bottles and casks for people. We are established antiques brokers and have sold everything from medieval gold rings to classic cars.

So how did we get to a position where we were selling casks to the public? Learn more in this short video:

Advice You Can Trust

Since 2016 our aim has been simple – to provide a trustworthy source of information to help people make sound decisions when they are selling their items. To date we have sold millions of pounds worth of antiques and whisky (both casks and bottles) for our clients. 

We’re now applying this same logic to help people invest in casks of whisky.  Rather than providing sales pitches disguised as educational material, it’s our mission to become the ultimate source of open and honest cask investment guidance.

The information you will find in OUR GUIDE, CASK VIDEOS, BLOG and CALCULATOR is all designed to help you make a balanced decision.  We would rather you knew all the facts and didn’t buy a cask than buy one based on ‘fake news’.

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The History Of The Balblair Distillery

Located in Rosshire, the Balblair distillery was originally established in 1790 by the Ross family and has the distinction of having one of distilling’s oldest archives, its very first ledger entry dating back to 1800.  

In 1872 the production was moved to a different site which had been constructed close to the brand-new railway line linking Inverness and Wick and in 1895, the distillery underwent a rebuild to a design drawn up by Charles C Doig who specialised in distillery architecture. Even though the rebuilt distillery was conveniently close to a nearby burn, the original water source was believed to be superior, and so the water used in the whisky production was sourced from the Ault Dearg burn, and this has continued to be the water source for the Balblair Distillery’s expressions even today.

The site was run by the Ross family for a century before the company passed into the hands of Alexander Cowan in 1894. Like many other distilleries of the time, however, it suffered from financial difficulties at the beginning of the 20th century and 1911 saw it closing its doors. They were not reopened until after the Second World War when Winston Churchill demanded that whisky must be produced to satisfy American demand.

Robert Cumming then purchased the freehold in 1948, and prompt expansion of the distillery soon followed with increased production. Cumming operated the distillery until his retirement in 1970 when the operation was sold to Hiram Walker before it was absorbed into Allied Distillers.  It was then purchased in 1996 by Inver House Distillers Ltd who also own a number of other well-known distilleries including Knockdhu, the Speyburn-Glenlivet distillery and Old Pulteney.

Balblair’s bottlings were intermittent until 2007, however then the single malt was repackaged as “vintage” releases. This led the brand to become noticed and to achieve a higher status. Today, the Balblair distillery is open to tourists. It has a modern visitor’s centre and hosts tastings and tours throughout the year for those who long to find out more about its ancient malting processes.

As an interesting aside, in the movie The Angel’s Share from 2013, Balblair was the distillery where the fictitious single remaining cask of Malt Mill was auctioned off.

Learn More

At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Balblair whisky at a fair price.

Buy with confidence from a broker with more than 300 five-star reviews from customers just like you.

Buy a Balblair whisky cask

Are you looking to buy a cask of Balblair whisky? We are specialist brokers with hundreds of five-star reviews and a proven track record of helping and educating people to ensure they make the right decision when they come to buy a cask of Balblair.

As we are whisky cask brokers (rather than dealers) we’ll be able to find you your perfect cask of Balblair. 

By choosing to purchase a cask through Mark Littler you gain access to the whole cask market rather than just our own inventory. That means when you come to sell your cask you will not be selling the same product as everyone else (as is the case when people buy from distillery investment schemes), meaning your cask will command a premium.

If you think that a cask or casks from Balblair distillery is the right choice for you then we can help you find you the cask that meets your needs. Alternatively, if you are open to suggestions then we can also discuss other potential matches for your cask investment needs.  

Buy A Cask of Balblair

Whisky Cask Enquiry VERSION 1
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How Mark Littler Can Help You

Let’s assume you have read our cask guide and watched all of our cask investment videos.  If not, follow the links and put yourself in an informed position before you buy.

If you think that casks are a good investment for you then we can now help you find you the perfect cask for your needs. 

Here is what we do in a nutshell:

Fact finding & cask selection

Mr Smith comes to us to find three casks, one for each of his three grandchildren.  We find him casks a selection of casks from Bruichladdich, Ben Nevis, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg, Springbank, Highland Park and Arran to meet his budget and needs.  His casks are then moved to our exclusive HMRC Bonded Warehouse.

Making the most of your investment

Mr Smith visits his casks every 2-3 years on his way up to Scotland.  He contacts us every Christmas to have 6 bottles drawn from each of his casks.

We have the bottles applied with bespoke labels and he enjoys how the whisky inside his casks is maturing and developing.

Return on investment

When his grandchildren reach 21 they decide to sell their casks.  Mark Littler LTD. help them draw a final six bottles from the cask as a keepsake.  The casks are then sold in bond and the three grandchildren each use the proceeds from the sales towards a house deposit.  Best of all their profits are free from Capital Gains Tax.

How We Evolved As A Broker

We don’t only sell casks to people. In fact, our primary business is selling bottles and casks for people. We are established antiques brokers and have sold everything from medieval gold rings to classic cars.

So how did we get to a position where we were selling casks to the public? Learn more in this short video:

Advice You Can Trust

Since 2016 our aim has been simple – to provide a trustworthy source of information to help people make sound decisions when they are selling their items. To date we have sold millions of pounds worth of antiques and whisky (both casks and bottles) for our clients. 

We’re now applying this same logic to help people invest in casks of whisky.  Rather than providing sales pitches disguised as educational material, it’s our mission to become the ultimate source of open and honest cask investment guidance.

The information you will find in OUR GUIDE, CASK VIDEOS, BLOG and CALCULATOR is all designed to help you make a balanced decision.  We would rather you knew all the facts and didn’t buy a cask than buy one based on ‘fake news’.

The History Of The Balblair Distillery

Located in Rosshire, the Balblair distillery was originally established in 1790 by the Ross family and has the distinction of having one of distilling’s oldest archives, its very first ledger entry dating back to 1800.  

In 1872 the production was moved to a different site which had been constructed close to the brand-new railway line linking Inverness and Wick and in 1895, the distillery underwent a rebuild to a design drawn up by Charles C Doig who specialised in distillery architecture. Even though the rebuilt distillery was conveniently close to a nearby burn, the original water source was believed to be superior, and so the water used in the whisky production was sourced from the Ault Dearg burn, and this has continued to be the water source for the Balblair Distillery’s expressions even today.

The site was run by the Ross family for a century before the company passed into the hands of Alexander Cowan in 1894. Like many other distilleries of the time, however, it suffered from financial difficulties at the beginning of the 20th century and 1911 saw it closing its doors. They were not reopened until after the Second World War when Winston Churchill demanded that whisky must be produced to satisfy American demand.

Robert Cumming then purchased the freehold in 1948, and prompt expansion of the distillery soon followed with increased production. Cumming operated the distillery until his retirement in 1970 when the operation was sold to Hiram Walker before it was absorbed into Allied Distillers.  It was then purchased in 1996 by Inver House Distillers Ltd who also own a number of other well-known distilleries including Knockdhu, the Speyburn-Glenlivet distillery and Old Pulteney.

Balblair’s bottlings were intermittent until 2007, however then the single malt was repackaged as “vintage” releases. This led the brand to become noticed and to achieve a higher status. Today, the Balblair distillery is open to tourists. It has a modern visitor’s centre and hosts tastings and tours throughout the year for those who long to find out more about its ancient malting processes.

As an interesting aside, in the movie The Angel’s Share from 2013, Balblair was the distillery where the fictitious single remaining cask of Malt Mill was auctioned off.

Learn More