BUY A CASK OF LAGAVULIN
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Lagavulin whisky at a fair price.
New-fill and young Lagavulin casks are not available at the moment. If you would like advice on purchasing casks please do get in touch.
Buy a Lagavulin whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Lagavulin 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 Lagavulin.
Lagavulin casks are not generally available on the market at the moment. However as we are whisky cask brokers (rather than dealers) we can help you find your perfect cask from what is available on the open market.
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 is the right choice for you then we can help you find you the cask that meets your needs. If you are interested in purchasing a cask with us then please download our free cask buying guide, which will introduce you to our aims when we look for cask investments for our clients.
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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 Lagavulin Distillery
Lagavulin once had at least 10 illicit whisky stills, and in 1742 they were plying their trade here. There would not be a legal distillery in this area for more than 70 years. The Lagavulin Distillery was finally established on the Kildalton Coast of Islay, located between Laphroaig and Ardbeg and close to Dunyvaig Castle. Distilling legally began here in 1816 under John Johnston, and the site was shared with another distillery which was originally purchased by the Johnston family in 1825 before its production became absorbed into that of Lagavulin in 1837.
It was not until 1862 that the Lagavulin distillery finally achieved public notice. When John Logan Mackie, a blender, purchased the distillery. In 1878, his nephew, Peter J Mackie took his first of several trips to the island to learn about distilling. He eventually took over the distillery’s production and became Sir Peter Mackie, a pre-eminent figure in the 19th-century Scottish whisky industry. In 1890 he developed the White Horse blend, and he also co-founded the Craigellachie distillery, earning a reputation as an innovator of his time.
Mackie construction a replica of the Laphroaig distillery in 1908 at Lagavulin under the name Malt Mill. This operation ran until 1962, and while it was supposed to be producing whisky of the same character as that produced at Laphroaig, just 2 miles away, this never materialised. Lagavulin’s whisky is characterised by its slow production speed and its pot stills with their unique pear shape. The distillery’s floor maltings closed down in 1974 and these are now the administration offices and the visitor centre for the distillery.
Lagavulin whisky has been mentioned many times in popular culture, including in The Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum in 2000 and in the 2002 movie 28 Days Later. Today, visitors come to visit the distillery which is still functioning on Islay. There are regular tours and tasting experiences as well as warehouse demonstrations and open days so that fans of this peaty malt can experience the pleasure of their favourite dram at first hand.