BUY A CASK OF DALMORE
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Dalmore whisky at a fair price.
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Buy a Dalmore whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Dalmore 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 Dalmore.
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 Dalmore 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:
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 Dalmore Distillery
The Dalmore distillery legend begins in the 13th century when Scotland’s King Alexander III was saved by the Mackenzie clan chief, Colin of Kintail from a stag. The king granted the chief the Eilean Donan lands as his reward together with his own motto and permission to use a 12-pointed royal stag as the crest of the clan.
It was not for many more years in 1839 that the Dalmore distillery was established by Alexander Matheson. He had already made his money working as a partner in the Jardine Matheson trading firm that took over operations from the East India Company and which controlled the Chinese opium export trade.
He owned the operation for almost 30 years before passing it on to new owners – members of the Mackenzie clan, Charles and Andrew Mackenzie. It was then that the 12-pointed royal stag crest was introduced to the brand and since that time this emblem has appeared on every Dalmore bottle.
Until 1917 everything continued to run smoothly, however at this time the Royal Navy started to use the firth beside the distillery to produce deep-sea mines. This led to an explosion in 1920 from an incident due to a detonated mine, and a fire ensued that prompted a drawn-out legal battle between the Royal Navy and Andrew Mackenzie. This wrangle lasted for more than 5 years and even reached the House of Lords.
The Mackenzie family maintained control of the Dalmore until 1960 when Whyte & Mackay, one of the distillery’s primary customers took over control. Dalmore significantly contributed to Whyte and Mackay’s blends with its only single malt for a considerable time being a 12-year-old expression. Whute and Mackay also went through many different owners, however, at the moment, it is in the ownership of Emerador of the Philippines.
In more recent times the Dalmore distillery has begun to produce a more expansive range. Today, their core range includes a 25, 18, 15 and 12-year-old expression as well as no age specialities such as Cigar Malt and King Alexander III as well as several luxury expressions like the Constellation Range which comprises vintages dating from between 1964 and 1992. All of the top-end prices are as high as 5 figures.
All of the Dalmore’s expressions are matured in either aged sherry casks or American bourbon white oak casks each of which gives the whisky unique notes.