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A Beginner’s Guide To Selling Whisky

Are you looking to sell whisky but don’t know where to start?
At Mark Littler LTD we make the selling process as simple as possible by handling all of the logistics, paperwork and fully insured shipping.

We can help you sell your whisky bottles in three ways:

1. Through a brokered private sale
2. Through specialist on line auctions
3. Through our unique brokerage shop

Our aim to achieve the best possible price for your bottles; after all, you can only sell once. By giving you all of your options you can be sure you are making the right decision.

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We have over 500 five star reviews of our service across Google, Yell and Facebook, so you can sell with the upmost confidence.

How to sell whisky with Mark Littler

Simply fill in the valuation form and we will provide you with a valuation for your bottles and advice on how best to sell. All of our advice is without obligation.

Looking to sell a cask of whisky instead? We also have a dedicated cask brokerage service.

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    How do you sell whisky bottles?

    Is bottled whisky a good investment?

    Our brokerage service is a simple, stress-free way to sell your bottles of whisky. We will broker the sale between you and one of our buyers. For this service, we charge a 10% commission (inc. VAT) of the final sale price of the item. This avenue is fast and simple. We will take care of everything for you.

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    Alternatively we can sell your whisky through the Mark Littler Ltd online shop. On our shop, we broker the sale of high-value bottles for our customers. Your bottle will sit amongst rare and expensive whisky and our advertising campaigns aim to draw the eye of global whisky collectors.

    What Affects The Value Of Your Whisky

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    Age of whisky

    This refers to the number of years the whisky has spent maturing in the cask, not how long it has been in the bottle. The age is indicated on the label and can vary from 3 to over 50 years old. Most collectible bottles are over 10 years old and value usually increases with the age of the whisky. Whisky over 30 years old is the most sought after as it is the rarest.

    Any whisky bottled at over 50 years old is highly desirable and a very limited number of distilleries have released whisky over 50 years old.

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    Bottling date

    This relates to when the whisky was bottled. As bottles from a specific year are consumed, the remaining bottles become rarer, so even a ‘standard’ malt released in the 1980’s can become sought after.

    If vintage is not stated bottle volume can be an indicator of bottling era. Bottles from the 1970s and earlier use fluid ounces (FL.OZ). In the 1980s standard bottles size was 75cl and in 1991 the standard size (in the EU) changed to 70cl. Note that standard bottle size is still 75cl in the USA, and other bottle sizes are occasionally used, in which case you will have to use other indicators.

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    Distillation year

    The distillation year might also be described as the bottle vintage, and refers to the specific year in which the whisky was distilled (made). It is one of the most important factors that can impact the price of your collectible whisky.

    In general, the earlier the distillation year the more collectible your bottle of whisky. Bottles from the first half of the 20th century are highly valued by collectors and fetch a premium. That being said, the bottler is also important, and so two whiskies distilled in the same year, at the same distillery, but bottled by different bottlers will vary in value.

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    Label & packaging

    The label on a bottle of collectible whisky is very important and should be in pristine condition to fetch the highest value. If the label is damaged in any way, such as scratching, blemishing, pealing or mould, then this will have a negative impact on the value.

    The box condition is almost as important as the label condition, and the correct box is very important to collectors. A bottle with a damaged or marked box will be worth less, and a bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

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    Level

    The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. On almost all bottles it should be well into the neck, a level in the lower half of the neck is worth less and levels into the shoulder will significantly impact the value.

    Older bottles are more prone to a drop in level as the bottles were not intended for storage. A drop in level implicates the long term storage prospects for any collector but as alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which impacts the flavour.

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    Single Cask Bottlings

    Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique and usually of a significantly limited edition. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, with the second number generally being less than 500, which would indicate a single cask edition.

    Longer edition numbers such as XXX/5000 are often also collectible. These longer numbers usually indicate that the release is a vatting of a number of casks.

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    Postage Service

    We make getting your bottles to us simple.

    We have a fully insured postage service. We send you specialist packing materials and instructions together with a pre-paid returns label so that you can ship your bottles back to us quickly and safely.

    For large collections and very high-value bottles we also have a hand-courier service available.
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    Mark and his team could not have been more helpful, both at the stage of valuing the contents of Dad's house for probate, and at the stage of selling some of it. A difficult task made easier with care and expertise. Thank you so much.
    Sue J.
    Sue J.
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    Very easy to use service and super friendly staff - thank you for making this sale a breeze. Look forward to doing business with you again.
    Estelle H.
    Estelle H.
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    I extend my sincere thanks to Mark Littler & colleague Hannah Thompson for the very speedy way they handled sale of my Lowry signed printed.I have owned the print for 50 years : it needed a small amount of restoration which was beautifully done & enabled Mark & Hannah to achieve a considerably higher sell priceA 5 star review warrants the way Mark & associates handled my sale.Thank you for taking a real interest in my print.
    Peter B.
    Peter B.
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    Excellent, prompt and trustworthy service. Highly recommended company.
    jonathan E.
    jonathan E.
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    I was very happy with the service Mark provided in selling my cask, he got the target price that was agreed at the outset.
    Garry T.
    Garry T.
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    gave great advice and helped me through every step which was greatly appreciated for a first time seller.
    Gareth J.
    Gareth J.
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    So professional,easy and relaxed attitude.Communication excellent.Wouldn't go anywhere else, and certainly do business with the company again.I'm not in the whisky business, just love drinking it ,but treated equally as any other company or trader. .Superb!!!!
    Mick J.
    Mick J.
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    Great service from beginning to end when we wanted to sell our Ben Nevis cask.Buyer was found very quick and the transaction went smooth.We also got to keep six sample bottles which we finally got delivered, after some issues with swedish Customs (again great support from Hannah at ML).Thanks for everything!
    Thomas N.
    Thomas N.
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    I had several casks of Scotch for many years and wanted to sell them. I'm in the US and was completely unaware as to how to do so. I cannot recommend Mark Littler LTD highly enough. Mark walked me through the steps of the process of selling from start to finish and it was flawless. Communication was excellent. My casks were sold quickly and for a very fair price.
    Rena Z.
    Rena Z.
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    I must say the whole experience from start to finish was quite exceptional . Pricing , communication , simplicity , the whole process was faultless , well worth the 5 star review would not hesitate to recommend and or use again .
    Mark D.
    Mark D.
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    Just exceptional people to deal with throughout.
    Iwan L.
    Iwan L.
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    I’ve waited a while to write a review but after 9 months of buying a cask of whiskey through mark littler ltd must say very happy how everything was explained and discussed mainly with HannahOnce we decided to go with mark littlerEverything was done extremely professional and quite quick always informed what was going onNow, very excited to let our cask mature over many years and hopefully both parties can earn a little bit of profit in the future thanks
    Gary B.
    Gary B.
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    Great group to work with, highest integrity. We had an issue with an item that was likely nicked by someone at the receiving department. This issue was covered immediately with no headache on the buyer's end. I have been collecting for over 15 years. Trust and integrity can be difficult to find online but this organization shows both. Both Mark and Katy are great to work with, I could not recommend them more.
    David V.
    David V.
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    Helped with selling of my Bruichladdich whisky cask.Excellent services from first contact to payment.Good information and updates along the way.
    Fredrik O.
    Fredrik O.
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    A brilliant company to do business with. Very detailed and informative valuation of my whiskey and made the whole process very smooth. Was kept informed throughout the process and payment was made quickly. Highly recommend and will use again!
    Jonathan C
    Jonathan C
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    Best in the business what can I say...! Been watching following guidance but during a difficult period sorted a much needed sale.Back them 8 symbol of infinity folks.
    Doug W.
    Doug W.
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    Excellent. Very helpful throughout, kept me informed during the process. Would not hesitate to recommend to anybody.
    Linda W.
    Linda W.
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    Such an easy process, even sent the packaging to send bottle, smooth transaction , will use again
    bill P.
    bill P.
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    Mark secured the best price for our Lowry Print. Thank you
    Chris T.
    Chris T.
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    Great service from staff. very helpful and expert advice.
    Peter C.
    Peter C.
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    Very pleased with the service. Hard to find among companies nowadays. Kept in touch with me at every step. I highly recommend them.
    Dave W.
    Dave W.
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    In 1991 I purchased a number edition bottle of Midleton Very Rare whiskey in a box with the certification endorsed by the Master Distiller Barry Crockett whilst visiting Whiskey Corner in Dublin.It was stored in a cupboard until March 2013 when my wife suggested that we had it valued.Having searched on line for a whisky broker two options were presented by the internet one in Dublin and one in Congleton Cheshire. Mark Littler Independent Whisky Broker. From the first contact by phone with their staff members relating to my initial enquiry and the subsequent process of selling the bottle of whiskey they all dealt with the matter with very professionally and kept us fully informed at every stage of the process to achieve finding a buyer in their Online Shop.We personally delivered the Midleton Whiskey to their premises in Congleton in late March 2023 where Beth welcomed us to the very secure and tempreature controlled suite of offices where we met all the members of staff who would be dealing with our sale.My wife and I were handed a very detailed and simple contract of sale which Beth gave us time to read through and explained all the process of how the sale would be conducted by Mark Littler Ltd, and an initial offer price was agreed to commence the sale.In July Beth contacted us to suggest that we include our bottle in a video that was being produced to promote their whisky shop and items available for sale. The video was very professionally made and explained in detail each of the bottles on offer to prospective buyers.The sale of our bottle of Midleton Whiskey was completed in September at the price we had hoped to achieve when it was independently valued.During the whole [process of our dealings with Beth and Katy we kept up to date on the sale process, and the agreed sum of money achieved arrived in our bank account as promised.As valued customers we would fully endorse and recommend Mark Littler Ltd as a trustworthy company to sell your valuable times through either in their shop or at auction.Mr Lawrence and Mrs Par Burrell.Shepperton. Middlesex,
    Lawrence B.
    Lawrence B.
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    I really enjoy all the content, however when I contacted the company in order to sell my bottles, no one responded despite my 3 attempts over several weeks (email, website, Whatsapp link wasn't working).After submitting 2 star review Mark reached out within an hour and provided the valuation for the bottles along with advice. He explained that my email ended in spam which was valid reason for the delay so I edited my review to 5 stars which they deserve.
    Adam D.
    Adam D.
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    After 20 years I'm a bit maudlin at seeing my madeira butt go but the process was made easier by recruiting Mark Littler to assist.Communications with Mark and his team are quick and simple. What Mark says, he does, with openess and integrity which in these times of charlatanism is a relief to come across. His counsel and advice held water and helped me realise one of my ambitions.I contacted Mark after hearing him speak on the BBC's 'The Food Programme'. My thoughts were that if the BBC's production team had vetted him and found all wholesome then he would be good enough for me. As a result, I can reccomend Mark wholeheartedly. I will be going back to Mark in 5 years time when those casks I bought for our children will need to be sold to help them onto their respective property ladders.Many thanks Mark and team.
    Nick H.
    Nick H.
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    From start to finish the team have been professional and easy to deal with. Don't hesitate to use them. Already recommended to friends and will be using again when the opportunity arises.
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    Would highly recommend, very professional service from start to finish, fast and efficient, thank you Mark.
    Janet G.
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    Excellent app
    bill C.
    bill C.
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    Recently used Mark Littler’s services and what a positive experience. Great communication and easy to deal with. Very professional and efficient process. Thank you!
    Simone A
    Simone A
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    Five star service from all the team. I would highly recommend Mark Littler. The team were highly efficient and extremely helpful.
    bruce L.
    bruce L.
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    We used Mark and his team to sell a Lowry print. A big thank-you to Hannah for all your help. The service provided was excellent from first contact to sale. Mark's site is brilliant and provided us with lots of really useful information. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mark and his team. It really was a first class service.
    Sarah H.
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    Andrew B.
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    We heard about Mark on radio 4, his company provided a first class service getting us a price high above what other brokers could find, he did this through his extensive and exclusive global customer base. Excellent service, trusted and would recommend highly.
    Rory H.
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    Very friendly, professional and efficient service.
    Susan G.
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    Mark provided an excellent service when I wanted to sell a large portion of my whisky collection.He provided a professional service, gave me sound advice and communicated on a regular basis during the marketing and selling process.I would highly recommend him and would use Mark again as he is hugely knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.
    Robert H.
    Robert H.
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    After my cask reached 10 years old I asked the distillery for a buy back price, which I thought was very low. Apparently they have no outlet for them. So deciding to sell privately I found Mark and contacted him based on previous reviews. I was not disappointed, he handled the sale from start to finish and sold my cask for 4x what the distillery had offered. When my next one comes of age Mark will be my first port of call.
    Philip M.
    Philip M.
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    Mark Littler gave me sound advice regarding my rare bottle of Whiskey and we achieved the asking price within the time frame.Highly recommended
    Bill O.
    Bill O.
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    I highly recommend Mark Littler . They sold my pocket watch for me and the transaction was so easy and superb customer service. I will definitely be a returning customer.
    David S.
    David S.
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    Absolute pleasure to deal with. Highly knowledgeable of the whisky trade, great communicator and equally important worked hard to achieve a high sale price. Totally professional service.
    Ian W.
    Ian W.
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    Mark Littler Ltd helped me to sell my bottles which achieved far higher prices than auctions! Well done and keep up the good work!! 🥳👌🏻
    Ryan
    Ryan
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    Great service from Mark and team from start to finish. Everything explained up front on process and no hard sell. Highly recommended. Thanks Mark et al
    Neil K.
    Neil K.
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    Excellent service, advice and communication. I would definitely recommend them and use this Mark Littler again myself.
    Keith P.
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    I bought and sold bottles with Mark multiple times.He always delivers outstanding service, deliveries are very prompt and the bottles are protected above the rest of the industry (auction houses/shops).I would highly recommend Mark Littler Ltd as a way of selling and buying rare and collectible whisky bottles!Also great content on YouTube educating people regaling the subject of whisky investment!
    Dan S.
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    I recently had the pleasure of working with Mark Littler, and I must say his services as a whisky broker have been nothing short of exceptional. As an overseas customer, I was initially unsure about how the process would go, but Mark quickly put my concerns to rest. The professionalism and dedication he displayed throughout our interactions made me feel confident and at ease.Mark was incredibly knowledgeable and transparent in his dealings, ensuring that I was well-informed along each step of the process. His communication was prompt, clear, and concise, always striving to keep me in the loop.As someone who resides outside of the UK, I highly recommend Mark Littler's services to anyone considering using a whisky broker. His outstanding professionalism, friendly attitude, and genuine commitment to his clients make him stand out in the industry.I wholeheartedly give Mark Littler a five out of five-star rating and encourage other overseas customers to trust him with their whisky investments. You won't be disappointed!
    Very professional service. Would highly recommend.
    George M.
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    Very professional and friendly service, got a very good price for my item a lot more than I expected highly recommended
    Gerry D.
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    I found the staff very helpful and efficient. Receipt of packaging and collection was as promised. A very good reliable service
    Susan J.
    Susan J.
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    I worked with Mark for some time planning and gaining information on Whiskey barrels and how to get them to market.Mark definitely was responsive and knowledgeable in this area.His communication and response time was very reasonable.He was very professional and it shows with the results.His knowledge of industry was very good and he offered a few realistic options when evaluating the product value and status.Being a customer based in the USA, I was a bit hesitant with any new venture, but Mark put us at ease.His company Mark Littler LTD managed all TorFX transfers which was a great help.Overall I am very pleased.
    Robert M.
    Robert M.
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    I was nervous at working with someone overseas who I had never met, but his Google reviews (and the fact he was well known to the distillery) allowed me to entrust Mark with my business. Now it is all done, I find myself in the position to write a positive review and convince future sellers that Mark is the right person for the job.Mark was an absolute pleasure to do business with. He was knowledgeable, communicative and clearly had the right contacts to help make the transaction successful.On top of that, he is a genuine, friendly person and I really enjoyed doing business with him. I am just disappointed that the transaction is now over and I can't work with him again!Thanks Mark for all your help - wishing you, your family and the business every success.
    Nick J.
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    Verticals & Large Collections

    In 2020, we made headlines around the world when we sold a vertical of Macallan 18 Year Olds for one of our clients.

    Pete Robson bought a bottle of Macallan 18 year old every year since 1992, as a birthday present for his son, Matthew. The collection consisted of 28 bottles by the time Matthew decided to sell the collection through our brokerage service.

    We sold the collection to a private buyer in Asia for £44,000. Matthew planned to use the money to put down a deposit on a house.

    As such, a yearly birthday present from father to son turned out to be a brilliant investment that will now help Matthew put a foot on the property ladder. It also serves as a visual history lesson that details the development of Macallan, an internationally renowned whisky brand.

    We have also sold a vertical of Port Ellen Annual Releases, and we are currently selling the ultimate Collector’s Collection of whisky for £86,020.

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    Macallan Whisky Collection

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