WHISKY CASK INVESTMENT GUIDES

BUY A QUALITY CASK OF WHISKY AT A FAIR PRICE

CASK INVESTMENT GUIDES

At Mark Littler Ltd. we pride ourselves on providing honest, straightforward advice on buying casks of whisky.

We have created and curated an extensive range of resources and guides on whisky investment so that you can make an informed decision on your whisky cask purchase. As well as our free Cask Buying Guide magazine we have a ten part video guide series, a dedicated blog which is updated weekly with news and market insights, and our industry first whisky cask bottling calculator.

Here we have collected our core resources, articles and reference guides into one place so that you can explore them at your leisure. As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch.

How To Buy the ‘Next Macallan’

While many people buy whisky casks for the enjoyment we also know that a lot of people want to buy a whisky cask as an investment. But how exactly do invest strategically in casks of whisky and buy the next big thing?

How To Avoid Whisky Scams

It is important to know what to look out for when buying a whisky cask that might suggest not to buy. We run through the history of scams to show you how to spot cask fraud and keep your investment safe

How To Make an Informed Whisky Cask Investment

Cask investment basics: The seven steps to ensure you make an informed decision when buying a cask of whisky.

Do You Really Own Your Whisky Cask?

One of the main attractions to owning a whisky cask is that it is a physical asset. But as whisky casks have to be kept in HMRC regulated, bonded warehouses how can you be sure your cask exists and that you own it?

Find out how to ensure you are the legal owner of your cask.

What Is A Bonded Warehouse?

As HMRC are owed billions of pounds worth of tax on the millions of barrels of whisky currently maturing in Scotland, they like to keep close tabs on where they all are.

Whisky cask are therefore stored in bonded warehouses; highly regulated warehouses that hold a licence from HMRC to store goods in duty suspension.

CASK BUYING GUIDE

A Cask Investment Guide – Not A Sales Pitch

It is our aim to help people buy quality whisky casks at a fair price. Our Cask Buying Guide is a comprehensive introduction to buying a whisky cask and investing in casks. In it we run through all the basics of whisky cask investment so that you can make an informed decision.

Download the guide as a PDF or request a physical copy of the magazine.

The Ultimate Guide to Casks

Casks are an integral part of the making of whisky. To truly understand how whisky is made, we must first understand the cask. The size of the cask, the previous life of the cask, how the cask is made, and how long the whisky stays inside the cask are all pivotal factors in the whisky-making process. Learn more in our ultimate guide to casks. 

How Do Casks Mature Whisky? 

Maturing whisky is unexpectedly complex and a cask shapes your whisky from the moment it is filled with newly distilled whisky. Everything from the type of wood used and the cask size, to charring versus toasting and the previous use of the cask helps create flavour in your whisky. Find out more in our comprehensive guide.  

How Many Bottles Are In A Cask

Casks come in all shapes and sizes, and so the answer to the question ‘how many bottles are in a whisky cask’ yields a fairly long answer. We run through a detailed breakdown of the number of bottles, drams and more in each cask type, as well as important information on how the number of bottles in a cask can drop over time.

How Do You Sell a Whisky Cask?

If you have a whisky cask to sell then the prospect may seem daunting. But selling a cask of whisky is a relatively simple process that can be summed up in five steps. We run through the things you need to know, and do, in order to sell your cask.

Every Distillery You Can Buy A Cask From

Distilleries may sell casks the the public in order to release capital from their maturing stock. Find out which distilleries are selling casks of whisky directly to the public, as well as starting prices.

Can You Trust Estimates at Cask Auctions?

The principle of an auction is that bidders determine the value of the item being sold. But if auction democracy relies on the auction acting as a neutral ground, what happens if the auction isn’t neutral?

WHISKY INVESTMENT VIDEO GUIDES

watch,  read, understand

Mark Littler sits down to run through some of the basics of cask investment and ownership in our ten cask investment video guides.

Our intention is to help you buy a quality cask of whisky at a fair price by ensuring that you know everything you need to in order to make an informed investment. The video guides cover everything you should know before you buy a cask, and debunks a few myths around cask investment.

Should You Invest In Single Grain Whisky?

Until recently single grain has been overshadowed by the staggering performance of single malt whisky and as such has been largely overlooked by investors.

However in 2019 the Single Grain SG100 index outperformed the Single Malt SM100 index. So is now the time to switch focus to single grain?

Single Grain or Single Malt: What Is The Difference?

Single grain may have turned heads in the 2019 investment indexes but what is the difference between single malt whisky and single grain whisky?

We cover the processes of making single malt and single grain whisky. If you are curious we also finish off with some single grain bottles to try. 

Comparing Apples to Pineapples

Some companies selling casks of whisky like to quote the dramatic rise in the Knight Frank Index as an indicator for the potential growth of your cask. Learn why there is no correlation between whisky casks and rare bottles and how the Knight Frank Index figures are being used misleadingly

What is the Knight Frank Index?

This article explains what the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index is and where rare whisky bottles and whisky casks have come into it over the years. From the introduction of rare bottles in 2018 to the market in 2020 – we explain how the index can and cannot help you with your investment.

Whisky Tourism at its Peak

Scotland is welcoming more visitors to its distilleries than ever before, with visitor capacity at an all-time high. Over two million visitors a year are travelling to take in the delights of the numerous whisky distilleries in all regions of Scotland. Learn how whisky tourism can impact your cask investment.

What are the Whisky Regions of Scotland?

The five whisky regions of Scotland officially recognised by the Scotch Whisky Association are the Highlands, the Lowlands, Islay, Campbeltown, and Speyside. The Islands region is also recognised by some, although it is debated. Find out about the character of the whisky produced by each region.

Reviews of Mark Littler Ltd

We appreciate that you have to be careful when you do business online. That is why we are proud of our 300+ five-star reviews on Google, Yell and Facebook.

Our reviews are 100% independent and can all be verified by searching for Mark Littler on Google or your chosen search engine.

CASK CALCULATOR

How Much Does It Cost To Bottle A Cask Of Whisky?

We created our cask calculator to help you understand the costs involved in bottling a cask of whisky.

Bottling a cask of whisky is frequently the first option that occurs to members of the public when they look at selling a cask. But did you know that bottling a cask can as much as double your costs thanks to VAT, Duty, bottling and transport costs? Find out how these costs add up with our cask calculator.

Whisky & Capital Gains Tax

If you are looking into buying a whisky cask (or have just inherited one) they you may be wondering what capital gains tax may be due on your cask?

Whisky casks are classed as a wasting asset and as such are not subject to capital gains. However whisky bottles are classed differently and as such they are subject to Capital Gains Tax.

10-18% Returns on Casks?

The Truth About Cask Investment and 10-18% per annum returns. Richard Feynman once said: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”

Casks can be a good investment when done correctly. Make sure you know all the facts so that you cannot be mislead.

Whisky & Capital Gains Tax

If you are looking into buying a whisky cask (or have just inherited one) they you may be wondering what capital gains tax may be due on your cask?

Whisky casks are classed as a wasting asset and as such are not subject to capital gains. However whisky bottles are classed differently and as such they are subject to Capital Gains Tax.

10-18% Returns on Casks?

The Truth About Cask Investment and 10-18% per annum returns. Richard Feynman once said: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”

Casks can be a good investment when done correctly. Make sure you know all the facts so that you cannot be mislead.

BUY A QUALITY CASK OF WHISKY AT A FAIR PRICE

At Mark Littler Ltd. we pride ourselves on providing honest, straightforward advice on buying casks of whisky.

We have created and curated an extensive range of resources and guides on whisky investment so that you can make an informed decision on your whisky cask purchase.

Here we have collected our core resources, articles and reference guides into one place so that you can explore them at your leisure. As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch.

How To Buy the ‘Next Macallan’

While many people buy whisky casks for the enjoyment we also know that a lot of people want to buy a whisky cask as an investment. But how exactly do invest strategically in casks of whisky and buy the next big thing?

How To Avoid Whisky Scams

It is important to know what to look out for when buying a whisky cask that might suggest not to buy. We run through the history of scams to show you how to spot cask fraud and keep your investment safe

How To Make an Informed Whisky Cask Investment

Cask investment basics: The seven steps to ensure you make an informed decision when buying a cask of whisky.

Do You Really Own Your Whisky Cask?

One of the main attractions to owning a whisky cask is that it is a physical asset. But as whisky casks have to be kept in HMRC regulated, bonded warehouses how can you be sure your cask exists and that you own it?

What Is A Bonded Warehouse?

As HMRC are owed billions of pounds worth of tax on the millions of barrels of whisky currently maturing in Scotland, they like to keep close tabs on where they all are.

Whisky cask are therefore stored in bonded warehouses; highly regulated warehouses that hold a licence from HMRC to store goods in duty suspension.

CASK BUYING GUIDE

A Cask Investment Guide – Not A Sales Pitch

Our Cask Buying Guide is a comprehensive introduction to buying a whisky cask and investing in casks. In it we run through all the basics of whisky cask investment so that you can make an informed decision.

Download the guide as a PDF or request a physical copy of the magazine.

The Ultimate Guide to Casks

The size of the cask, the previous life of the cask, how the cask is made, and how long the whisky stays inside the cask are all pivotal factors in the whisky-making process. Learn more in our ultimate guide to casks. 

How Do Casks Mature Whisky? 

Everything from the type of wood used and the cask size, to charring versus toasting and the previous use of the cask helps create flavour in your whisky. Find out more in our comprehensive guide.  

How Many Bottles Are In A Cask?

We run through a detailed breakdown of the number of bottles, drams and more in each cask type, as well as important information on how the number of bottles in a cask can drop over time.

How Do You Sell a Whisky Cask?

If you have a whisky cask to sell then the prospect may seem daunting. But selling a cask of whisky is a relatively simple process that can be summed up in five steps. We run through the things you need to know, and do, in order to sell your cask.

Every Distillery You Can Buy A Cask From

Distilleries may sell casks the the public in order to release capital from their maturing stock. Find out which distilleries are selling casks of whisky directly to the public, as well as starting prices.

Can You Trust Estimates at Cask Auctions?

The principle of an auction is that bidders determine the value of the item being sold. But if auction democracy relies on the auction acting as a neutral ground, what happens if the auction isn’t neutral?

WHISKY INVESTMENT VIDEO GUIDES

watch,  read, understand

Mark Littler sits down to run through some of the basics of cask investment and ownership in our ten cask investment video guides. The video guides cover everything you should know before you buy a cask, and debunks a few myths around cask investment.

Should You Invest In Single Grain Whisky?

In 2019 the Single Grain SG100 index outperformed the Single Malt SM100 index. So is now the time to switch focus to single grain?

Single Grain or Single Malt: What Is The Difference?

Single grain may have turned heads in the 2019 investment indexes but what is the difference between single malt whisky and single grain whisky?

Comparing Apples to Pineapples

Some companies selling casks of whisky like to quote the dramatic rise in the Knight Frank Index as an indicator for the potential growth of your cask. Learn why there is no correlation between whisky casks and rare bottles and how the Knight Frank Index figures are being used misleadingly

What is the Knight Frank Index?

This article explains what the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index is and where rare whisky bottles and whisky casks have come into it over the years. From the introduction of rare bottles in 2018 to the market in 2020 – we explain how the index can and cannot help you with your investment.

Whisky Tourism at its Peak

Scotland is welcoming more visitors to its distilleries than ever before, with visitor capacity at an all-time high. Over two million visitors a year are travelling to take in the delights of the numerous whisky distilleries in all regions of Scotland. Learn how whisky tourism can impact your cask investment.

What are the Whisky Regions of Scotland?

The five whisky regions of Scotland officially recognised by the Scotch Whisky Association are the Highlands, the Lowlands, Islay, Campbeltown, and Speyside. The Islands region is also recognised by some, although it is debated. Find out about the character of the whisky produced by each region.

Reviews of Mark Littler Ltd

We appreciate that you have to be careful when you do business online. That is why we are proud of our 300+ five-star reviews on Google, Yell and Facebook.

Our reviews are 100% independent and can all be verified by searching for Mark Littler on Google or your chosen search engine.

CASK CALCULATOR

How Much Does It Cost To Bottle A Cask Of Whisky?

Bottling a cask of whisky is frequently the first option that occurs to members of the public when they look at selling a cask. But did you know that bottling a cask can as much as double your costs thanks to VAT, Duty, bottling and transport costs? Find out how these costs add up with our cask calculator.