BUY A CASK OF CONVALMORE
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Convalmore whisky at a fair price.
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Buy a Convalmore whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Convalmore 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 Convalmore.
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 Convalmore 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 Convalmore Distillery
The Convalmore Distillery was constructed by the Convalmore-Glenlivet Distillery Company Ltd in 1894 at the height of the whisky boom. Most of the brand-new distilleries which were constructed during this late 19th century period were planned and designed by Charles Doig, however, a local architect called Donald Mackay was the planner and designer for Convalmore.
The Convalmore-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd ran the Convalmore distillery successfully for around 10 years, however, due to Scottish whisky being over-produced the industry’s bubble burst and the distillery was sold in 1904 to W&P Lowrie & Company Ltd for just £6000. One year later James Buchanan and Co. Ltd bought the distillery, however, a huge fire destroyed a large part of the distillery in 1909 causing it to be rebuilt.
When James Buchanan & Co Ltd rebuilt the distillery, they decided to make an experimental operation, using continuous distillation so they could produce malt whisky via the same methods as grain whisky – a method known as “silent malt”. James Buchanan & Co installed a column still that had a 2.273 litre per hour capacity as well as their existing pair of pot stills. However, clearly this experiment was not successful since the column still was then removed just a few years later in 1916.
Convalmore Distillery was then sold in 1935 to DCL (Distillers Company Ltd) which later became known as United Distillers/Diageo. This started a period of relative constancy for the distillery, only disrupted by a period of modernisation in 1962 and again in 1975. In 1962, the old pot stills which were coal-fired were replaced and new steam-heated ones were put in their place. In 1964, the number of spirit stills and wash stills was doubled and these four pot stills were then in use until the time the distillery was mothballed.
The period of constancy was shortlived for the distillery since in 1985 whisky production on this site was mothballed. United Distillers sold the site and its buildings in 1990 to William Grant and Sons, who still use the buildings today as warehouses. Therefore, although distilling is unlikely to ever take place again on the original Convalmore site, it can be said that the distillery has survived in some form to this present day. Also, since the license which permits the selling of Convalmore whisky remains in the hands of Diageo, so it is still possible that the brand could re-emerge at some future time.