BUY A CASK OF BRORA
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Brora whisky at a fair price.
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Buy a Brora whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Brora 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 Brora.
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 Brora 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
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:
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.
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.
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 Brora Distillery
Once known as Clynelish, Brora Distillery is one of the Clearance Distilleries of Scotland, constructed by the Marquis of Stafford in 1819 who, together with his wife, was responsible for some of the Highlands’ most brutal forced evictions that resulting in tenants being expelled from their homes and sent overseas. The people who end up in the new Brora settlement worked in one of the Duke’s business enterprises and one of these was whisky distilling.
It took the Brora Distillery some time to become established, and it passed through several lessees until finally, George Lawson took over operations. Between him and his sons, the plant would stay in the Lawson family’s hands until 1896 when James Ainslie, a Glasgow blender, purchased it. In 1912, Ainslie went bankrupt and DCL and Risk took shares in the company, with John Walker and Sons following suit in 1916. In 1925, Risk was bought out and Walker joined DCL with DCL taking over the control of the distillery in 1930, taking full responsibility for its operations until the time that it closed.
Following World War II, the Brora Distillery increased its capacity considerably due to an increased demand for blends among a number of major whisky producers. By the time 1967 had rolled around, its popularity had become so great that it was decided that a new bigger distillery should be constructed next to the original buildings. Although the old distillery shut for a year, its doors reopened in 1969 with production being recommenced in the same year.
While the name of the distillery was originally Clynelish, its name had to be changed to Brora in 1975 following a legislation change which banned any two distilleries from having the same name, and during the period 1972-74 heavily peated malt was produced here while the Caol Ila distillery was undergoing a rebuild. However, the majority of the whisky made here after 1973 was a lightly peated Highland variety.
The distillery did not always operate at full capacity during the period between 1969 and the time that it closed, and it finally shut down for good in 1983. Although rumours persisted about the possibility of the Brora Distillery reopening, these proved to be unfounded until October of 2017 when plans were revealed to reopen the distillery. Assuming planning permission is granted, the site is due to reopen and begin operations again by 2020.