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

Buy with confidence from a broker with more than 500 five-star reviews from customers just like you.

Buy a Balvenie whisky cask

Are you looking to buy a cask of Balvenie 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 Balvenie.

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 Balvenie 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.  

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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 Balvenie Distillery

The history of the Balvenie Distillery dates back to 1839 when William Grant was born in Dufftown. He started life as a cattle herder by the age of 7 and then became an apprentice shoemaker. He went onto become a clerk and then a bookkeeper at the Mortlach distillery in 1866, and this was where he finally became a manager, learning all about the whisky distilling trade.

20 years after starting work at the Mortlach distillery, Grant bought a field where he could build a distillery of his own close to Balvenie Castle. He designed plans and laid the foundations in 1886. He continued to take an active role in the Balvenie Distillery company until he died at the ripe old age of 83 in 1923.

The work began in 1892 to convert the Balvenie New House, a mansion dating from the 1700s into a whisky distillery. The process took 15 months to reach completion and it was not until 1893 that the very first distillation was produced. Although the Balvenie distillery was originally called Glen Gordon, it soon changed its name to match that of the ruined castle which stood beside it and which became its maltings.

This distillery primarily provided fillings for Grant’s Standfast blend, however, in 1973, the first official bottling was produced. However, since it was still in demand by blended whisky producers, its ability to grow as a standalone brand was restricted. When Kininvie opened in 1990, these restrictions were slightly eased, however it was not until Ailsa Bay was built that greater amounts of stocks were made available. Today, the Balvenie distillery’s single malt is among the most rapidly growing single malt brands anywhere worldwide.

In 1993, this distillery was among the first to introduce a finished single malt, and its Double Wood was aged in ex-Bourbon casks and then finished in ex-sherry casks for extra flavour. This use of varying types of wood runs through the entire Balvenie range.

Balvenie’s whisky is very traditional, made with locally grown barley whenever possible which has been floor malted. Although Scotland has around a hundred distillers, Balvenie remains one of only 7 which still has a malting floor of its own. While its own floor maltings make up just a tiny percentage of the distillery’s total mash, it adds character to the whisky produced here.

Balvenie has only recently opened up to visitors who now come to see the big distillery with its 9 short-necked stills which produce a honeyed, sweet character which is very different to the whiskies produced by Kininvie and Glenfiddich which share its site.

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