The market for Japanese whisky has grown exponentially in recent years, as more and more whisky drinkers begin to discover the delightful single malts and blends that hail from Japan. If you are new to Japanese whisky, or would like to expand your palette, this article will help you to decide which malts will be […]
With whisky becoming more commercial and therefore more expensive, it can seem like quality drams at an affordable price are out of reach. The best Scotch whisky often seems to come with a three-digit price tag. That is why we have put together this list of 10 of the best Scotch whiskies to try in […]
If you are looking to invest into whisky in 2021 but don’t know where to start then this is the guide for you. As well as looking at releases which have already hit the market we take a look at some of the most anticipated releases of 2021 so you can make sure you get […]
In 2020 we had the chance to broker the sale of a fantastic 28 bottle vertical of Macallan 18 Year Old whisky. Along with it, the collection had a unique story as the bottles came from our client Matthew who had received an 18 Year Old Macallan from his dad every year for his birthday, […]
After being silent for 38 years, the highland distillery Brora is being brought back online by Diageo in mid-May 2021. Diageo announced the reopening of Brora, alongside Islay distillery Port Ellen, in 2017 but it wasn’t until this week that a more specific date was revealed. To accompany this reopening in May, Brora have released […]
We often broker unique and interesting items at Mark Littler LTD and this medieval marriage ring is no exception. This 15th century piece of jewellery was discovered by beginner metal detectorist, Lee Rossiter, in Green Hammerton, North Yorkshire. The ring was miraculously in excellent condition despite having been buried for nearly 600 years.
A recent Food and Drink Federation (FDF) report shows that total food and drink exports to the EU have declined by 75.5% in January 2021 compared to January 2020, with whisky exports suffering a 63.1% decline. The UK leaving the EU has been cited as the main cause of huge losses in the food and […]
A story that began with a dispute between Airbus and Boeing and led to the US imposing tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU exports, has seen a new development. The US has decided to suspend the tariffs that were imposed on Scotch whisky in the aftermath of the row. The tariffs were imposed after tensions […]
Brexit. A divisive topic at best. But, just how will it affect the whisky industry? Europe accounts for 30% of all Scotch whisky exports. Will this continue to be the case now that we are no longer part of the European Union? Watch the video above to find out all that you need to know […]
The Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen’s Visit is thought to be the only official Port Ellen bottling to be made in all of Port Ellen’s years in operation. This makes this bottle infinitely collectible. Only 40 bottles of this whisky were ever produced for the Queen and her senior staff members on their visit […]
The Macallan Gran Reserva 18 Year Old series is an instantly recognisable classic from Macallan. The series ran from 1997 to 2002, with vintage statements of 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982. The series was created to showcase the heavily sherried whiskies that Macallan has become famous for, being one of the only Scottish distilleries to […]
Cognac is an extremely old and extremely luxurious beverage that dates back to 17th century France. A fruity concoction made from distilled grapes, the drink has been a firm favourite of spirit lovers for many years. Cognacs have become known for their extreme age statements, with some Cognac bottles containing spirit that is over 100 […]
The only official Port Ellen bottling from the active days of the distillery has again sold for a record-breaking price at auction, after a collector paid £72,000 for the Port Ellen 12-Year-Old Queen’s Visit through Whisky Auctioneer. Distillery: Port Ellen Age: 12-Years-Old Bottled: 1980 Bottled by: Distillery Series: Visit from H.M. The Queen to Port […]
You will be excused for not noticing the undramatic end of the transition period of the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of 2020. After all, most of the UK had other things to worry about, namely working out what tier they were in, and what that meant, and since then dealing with […]
The Port Ellen Annual Releases, bottles 1 to 17, make up one of the most collectible whisky series in the world. Starting in 2001 and ending in 2017, the series consists of 17 annual releases of aged stock from the mothballed Port Ellen distillery. Port Ellen distillery was mothballed in 1983 and has developed something […]
Bourbon and single malt Scotch whisky. The two may seem very similar on the surface, but in reality, they are two very different spirits with different flavours, styles, distillation and maturation processes, and geographical ties. In terms of the collectors’ market bourbon is neither as valuable nor as collectible as Scotch whisky. There are various […]
Buying a cask of whisky can seem like a daunting prospect to those who are not aware of the process. However, when done correctly and with all of the right information it can be a very rewarding journey. That is why we aim to make the process as simple as possible. We have put together […]
The Macallan Diamond Jubilee is one of the most collectible bottles of Macallan due to its celebratory nature. The whisky was distilled and bottled in celebration of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne in February 1952. But which date in February?
How do you own a cask of whisky? In the latest of our cask investment videos Mark is discussing a topic that we get asked about on a daily basis: how do you own a cask of whisky? We doubt you would ever buy a car, house, or other investment without having an understanding of […]
In October 2020 Glenrothes distillery reached new heights in their journey toward super premiumisation when they released The Glenrothes 50-year-old, the most expensive and exclusive bottling ever released by the distillery.