BUY A CASK OF HIGHLAND PARK
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Highland Park whisky at a fair price.
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Buy a Highland Park whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Highland Park 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 Highland Park 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 Highland Park Distillery
The Highland Park Distillery has an extremely long history dating back to 1798 when it was founded, supposedly by Magnus Eunson. Interestingly, the distillery’s name does not refer to the Scottish Highlands, but in fact, refers to the distillery’s location on an area known as High Park.
The origins of this distillery are fairly obscure, and it is unknown whether Magnus Eunson, a famous priest who became a smuggler, founded the brand or whether a farmer called David Robertson was the brainchild behind the operation. However, whatever the truth, the distillery has enjoyed a fascinating history.
It was not until the end of the 19th century that the only distillery in Kirkwall finally achieved any kind of success. During the 1870s it was under the ownership of William Stuart, the owner of Miltonduff, and then it passed on to James Grant, his business partner, in 1885. Grant had once been The Glenlivet’s manager, and he took over complete control in 1895. Grant was also responsible for the expansion of the distillery on two separate occasions, and he also developed a strong working relationship with R&B (Robertson and Baxter).
In 1927, Highland Distillers took over control of the High Park Distillery and now the brand is part of the Edrington Group. In the 1970s, its first 8-year-old single malt appeared, however during the 1980s its packaging went through a revamp and an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old expression were also introduced to the range. Soon the distillery had a strong following, which some say has even reached cult status, and the range has continued to expand.
Today, there is not only a core range but also a number of series themed around Norse gods and Orcadian history which have been released. There are several proprietary bottlings of Highland Park, but its special Cappella bottling can only be purchased at the distillery itself.
Highland Park distillery is one of only a handful that malts some of its barley, blending peat cut locally at Hobbister Moor with heather before using it as a fuel. It also holds the distinction of being the only whisky which ever scored a 100% rating by The Scotsman’s tasting team, earning high praise from Michael Jackson, a whisky reviewer.