BUY A CASK OF LAPHROAIG
At Mark Littler Ltd. we offer honest and impartial advice to help you buy quality casks of Laphroaig whisky at a fair price.
New-fill and young Laphroaig casks are not currently being released to market by the distillery.
Buy a Laphroaig whisky cask
Are you looking to buy a cask of Laphroaig 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 Laphroaig.
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 Laphroaig 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 Laphroaig Distillery
This Islay whisky distillery takes its name from the land which lies at the head of Loch Laphroaig on the island’s southern coast. Although the meaning of the name is unknown, it has been suggested that it could be derived from Gaelic and Norse words which mean the hollow of Broadbay. Today, the brand and the Laphroaig distillery itself are operated and owned by Beam Suntory, which is an American subsidiary of Japanese company Suntory Holdings.
The Laphroaig Distillery was first formed in 1814 by Alexander and Donald Johnston. It stayed in the hands of the family until the mid-1950s, when the final family member, Ian Hunter, died childless and left it to Bessie Williamson, one of the managers.
During the 1960s, the Laphroaig distillery was sold on to Long John International, eventually becoming a part of Allied Domecq. In turn, this brand was purchased in 2005 by Fortune Brands and then, in 2011, when this company split up its product lines its spirits arm was formed into Beam Inc. In 2014, Beam Inc was bought out by Suntory Holdings.
In 2015, the Laphroaig Distillery celebrated two centuries of operation, commemorating each of the instrumental figures in the whisky’s history which brought their own unique influences to the brand. To date, Laphroaig is the only brand of whisky which carries the Prince of Wales’ Royal Warranty, and this was awarded to the distillery in person when he visited the distillery in 1993. Prince Charles is identified by the distillery as the Duke of Rothesay, which is his Scottish title. Reportedly, the Prince of Wales’ favourite Scottish whisky is Laphroaig’s 15-year-old.
Laphroaig purports itself to be the Scotch whisky with the richest flavoured, and most of its bottlings are aged for 10 years, however, its 15-year-old is also popular. There are 27-year-old, 30-year=old and 40-year-old varieties too, however, these are rare and therefore are costly. 2015 saw the discontinuation of the 18-year-old variant. With its smoky, peaty flavour, Laphroaig is one of the best-known types of single malt.
Still produced today on the island of Islay, Laphroaig Distillery is open to the public for tours and tasting experiences, and fans of this unique flavoured whisky can enjoy learning more about the process of producing this premium spirit.