BUY A CASK OF FETTERCAIRN
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Fettercairn whisky at a fair price.
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Buy a Fettercairn whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Fettercairn 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 Fettercairn.
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 Fettercairn 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 Fettercairn Distillery
Located in Fettercairn under the foothills of the Grampians, Fettercairn loosely means “foot of the mountain”. Laurencekirk is the closest village to the Fettercairn distillery, and one of its primary sights is an enormous red archway made from sandstone which spans the road commemorating Prince Albert and Queen Victoria to the village in 1861.
Fettercairn too has grand pretensions and its two primary symbols – the unicorn and arch – have been associated with the brand for centuries. The unicorn, standing for strength and purity, is a long-standing Scottish symbol and is also part of the Ramsay crest in honour of the man who founded the distillery. Founded as long ago as 1825 by Sir Alexander Ramsay, a local landowner, the distillery and the entire estate was sold five years later in 1830 to the British Prime Minister William Gladstone’s father, Sir John Gladstone. While the Gladstones were hands-off owners, leaving the distillery in the hands of its tenants, the family still retained its ownership until the 1920s.
For a brief period from 1923, it was owned by Ross and Coulter, although for much of this time it was mothballed. It was eventually sold to the Scottish arm of the National Distillers of America, Associated Scottish Distilleries. ASD ceased to trade in 1954 at which point its estate was divided and the Fettercairn distillery was passed into the hands of Mr Tom Scott Sutherland. He owned the distillery until 1971 at which point it was purchased by Tomintoul Glenlivet. It then joined Whyte & Mackay.
Although its whisky is generally used to contribute to the Whyte & Mackay blended whiskies, it is also bottled as a single malt in its own right. In 2009 an especially concerted effort was launched and a Fasque and Fior, a pair of no-age bottlings and a range of aged variants were released. The Fettercairn brand is very proud of its long heritage and also of its locally sourced barley and ice-cold Grampian water that is used in its production.
Today, the Fettercairn distillery has a popular visitor’s centre which is open from Easter to September for visits and tastings. It still retains a traditional set up with an open-top mash ton, small stills and wood washback. It even still has soap grinders to the side of the wash stills which were once used for adding non-perfumed soap in order to prevent boiling over. Between 1995 and 2009, stainless steel condensers were used which added a more burnt character to the make.