BUY A CASK OF BUNNAHABHAIN
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Bunnahabhain whisky at a fair price.
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Buy a Bunnahabhain whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Bunnahabhain 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 whisky cask.
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 Bunnahabhain 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:
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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 Bunnahabhain Distillery
The northeastern coastline of Islay is the location of the substantial Victorian Bunnahabhain distillery. This isolated spot was selected by William Robertson in 1881 to be the ideal site for his island distillery vision. He did not just build a distillery, he also constructed houses, roads and even a pier to allow barley and casks to arrive and whisky to be exported. The total cost of around £2.6 million in modern money. In 1887, the Bunnahabhain distillery merged with Glenrothes and the Highland Distillers (which are now known as Edrington) were formed.
Although the other distillers on Islay produced single malts as well as whiskies for blending, the Bunnahabhain distillery focused on blends. It had a key role to play in three R&B well-known blends – Black Bottle, Cutty Sark and Famous Grouse.
During the 1960s, there was a huge surge of demand for Scotch whisky, and this saw the distillery’s stills doubling in number in 1963. However, the good fortune of the distillery would not last and in 1982 it was mothballed like so many others on the island. While this period of mothballing lasted for just 2 years, its production levels remained low for a long time.
By the late 1980s, the distillery was ready to finally produce a single with the somewhat appropriate tag line “the unpronounceable malt”, however, most of its production was still being used in blends. In 2003, even though the whisky market had seen an upturn, Edrington still sold the distillery to Burn Stewart. However, the company which owned Burn Stewart, CL Financial, went into liquidation in 2009 and its receivers sold Burn Stewart on to Distill, it’s South African distributor. Since that time, levels of production have hugely increased, especially in Taiwan and Africa.
Bunnahabhain’s whisky has a milder flavour than that of other Islay whiskies due to the fact that the water used in its production rises through the limestone before being transported by pipe directly to the distillery, preventing it from picking up peat on the way. Its most common bottlings are 25, 18 and 12 years old, with the 12-year-old being the favourite of many of the locals.