BUY A CASK OF DUFFTOWN
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Dufftown whisky at a fair price.
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Buy a Dufftown whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Dufftown 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 Dufftown.
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 Dufftown 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 Dufftown Distillery
The Dufftown distillery distils Scotch whisky and is located in Dufftown in Banffshire. Although not one of the best-known distilleries in Scotland it has a long history (although certainly not the longest of all Scottish distilleries) and is only one of many distilleries to be concentrated in this area of the country.
Originally founded in 1895 the Dufftown distillery was originally called the Dufftown-Glenlivet distillery, and today it is owned by Diageo. There are six stills in operation at the distillery and today it is capable of producing 4 million litres per year. Its three wash stills have a 13,100-litre capacity and it also has 3 spirit stills that have a 15,300-litre capacity. Arthur Bell and Sons Ltd use Duff Town’s Speyside whisky as a key component within its blended bottlings. Duff Town also markets single malt whisky under two names – Dufftown Aged 15 years and Singleton of Dufftown. It is one of 6 active distilleries in the town, the others include Mortlach, Kininvie, Glenfiddich, Glendullan and Balvenie.
Originally beginning its life as a mill, Dufftown only began producing whisky in 1896. Originally owned by Mackenzie & Co, a blending company which already owned Blair Athol, the Dufftown distillery was taken over in 1933 by Arthur Bell and Sons. It became on the that blender’s estate’s key players, and its number of stills were increased to 8 by 1979. At present, there are 6.
The Pittyvaich Distillery nearby was also constructed by Bells in 1975 and it was operated as a virtual subsidiary of the original Dufftown operation in order to cater for the increase in demand for its blend at that time. In 1993, Pittyvaich was closed down and in 2002 it was demolished. In 1985, Guinness purchased Bells and after two years, in 1987, Diageo was created.
Until Roseisle was opened, Dufftown held the honour of being the biggest distillery under the Diageo umbrella. It joined Glen Ord and Glendullan in 2006 as part of the Singleton family and its market became predominantly Europe and the UK. Under the Diageo brand, its fermentation stage as been lengthened so the wort runs clear to create a grassy new make as this is what is required by Diageo’s blenders.
The Dufftown distillery is not open to the public and cannot be visited today for tastings or for tours.