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Sell Your Cask of Caol Ila Whisky

Sell Your Cask of Caol Ila Whisky with Mark Littler

Caol Ila Cask Values & Valuations

Casks of Caol Ila are by no means rare – in fact they are one of the most traded casks of single malt whisky. That is not to say they are not sought after as the distillery has a fantastic reputation and prices have risen considerably in the past ten years.

We specialise in the brokerage of Caol Ila casks and have buyers all over the world ready to put forward a no-obligation offer.

The most desirable Caol Ila casks are fresh fill sherry oak casks, however, refill sherry casks are also in demand. Bourbon casks (quite common at Caol Ila) do not command the same premium as sherry casks but can still sell well.

QUICK CAOL ILA CASK VALUATION

Are you looking for a quick valuation on a cask you own or are looking to sell?  Enter your details below and we will provide you with a free open market valuation of your cask.

Whisky Cask Valuation Form

Independent Whisky Cask Valuations

Sell Your Cask of Caol Ila Whisky with Mark Littler

We have sold millions of pounds of casks for our customers, consistently achieving the best price for all types of whisky cask. We help you sell your cask for the best price by going direct to our extensive network of buyers.

We pride ourselves on our open and friendly approach to selling a cask of whisky. No question is too small and we are happy to offer complimentary valuations on your cask and expert advice on how to achieve the best price when selling your cask.

At Mark Littler we are committed to providing the foremost independent whisky brokerage service in the UK.

What affects the value of a cask of Caol Ila whisky?

There are a large number of interlinking factors that impact the final valuation of a cask of whisky. It is a combination of all the following features that can make a cask expensive, or worthless:

Bottles & Mementos From Your Cask

After waiting decades for your cask of Caol Ila to mature wouldn’t it be nice to keep a bottle or two? That’s what we think too and as long as we know the number of bottles you want to keep (up to 6 is normally fine) we can work that into the negotiations.  

We have worked with the award winning designer Tom Niklin to design an incredible label for our clients bottles. Tom has worked with the likes of Johnnie Walker, Singleton, Bulleit, Haig, Royal Lochnagar, Dalwhinnie, Lagavulin and Talisker.

This means that when you get your memento from your cask it will look like any other premium bottle of whisky you would find in a whisky retailer. We also have personalisation labels so you can use your bottles as special gifts.

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We worked with the award-winning designer Tom Niklin to design our bespoke labels for our client’s bottles.

How to Sell Your Caol Ila Cask for the Best Price

We achieve market-beating prices for Caol Ila casks by finding you the perfect end-user for your cask.  We work our networks in Europe, the USA, the Middle East, and Asia to find the person whose requirements perfectly match those of your cask.  This means it can take a few weeks for us to get offers for your cask, but as you most likely have waited several decades for the cask to mature we hope you can wait a few more weeks.

The majority of our clients are based in Asia where any form of Single Malt Scotch Whisky is now positioned as one of the most sought-after assets.  It is the demand from Asia that has driven record prices for bottles, culminating in the sale of a 1926 bottle of Macallan for £1,500,000 in 2019.  As whisky is now seen as a status symbol the ultra wealthy see casks of whisky as the ultimate status symbol.

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If you have a cask you would like valued please use the form below or contact Mark Littler direct at: [email protected]

Sell Your Caol Ila Cask With Mark Littler Ltd.

The process for selling your Caol Ila cask with Mark Littler Ltd is straightforward, we can offer help and advice at every stage of the journey.

The Cask Selling Process

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Please send the details of your Caol Ila cask to [email protected] alternatively please use the form below. 

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Once we have the relevant details from your cask we provide an initial valuation, then work with our network of international buyers to negotiate the best offers for your consideration.

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If you decide to proceed with the offer we will make sure you understand the process and issue you with a contract. At this stage we can work with you to draw off a number of bottles for personal use.

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We manage all transfer paperwork and guide you through the selling process stage by stage. Once the paperwork has been transferred to the new owners we release the funds to you.

Reviews

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Garry T.
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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.
Thomas N.
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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!
Rena Z.
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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.
Gary B.
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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
Fredrik O.
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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.
Nick H.
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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.read more
Philip M.
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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.
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QUICK CAOL ILA CASK VALUATION

Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Caol Ila cask you own or are looking to sell?  Enter your details below and we will provide you with a free, no-obligation, open market valuation of your cask.

Whisky Cask Valuation Form

Caol Ila Cask Selling FAQ

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Why choose Mark Littler to Sell Your Whisky Cask?

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Trusted Brokers

At Mark Littler Ltd we sell your Caol Ila cask to make a profit for you. We are an independent whisky broker and we are different from other cask selling services in that we help you sell your cask direct to the end user, which means we can get you the best price for your cask. Many other cask selling services buy your cask and then resell it themselves, which means it is not in their interest to get you the best price. Our fees are a flat 10% so you know exactly what to expect when you sell your cask through us.

Don’t just take our word for it. Mark Littler Ltd was established in 2016 and we have over 300 five-star reviews on Google, Facebook and Yell from our contented customers. We understand that selling a cask is significant transaction and can offer independent references on demand.

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Delivering Profit to Our Customers

Our international network of buyers ensures we can match your cask with the right consumer to get you the best possible price for your whisky cask. Our extensive network of buyers means we consistently deliver offers that are higher than those put forward by distilleries or other brokers. We work on a flat 10% commission rate, no hidden costs, just us ensuring you get the most out of your cask.

Already have an offer on your cask? Our advice is completely free and as part of our drive to increase transparency in the cask industry we would be more than happy for you to get in touch for a no-obligation chat about selling your whisky cask.

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Experience Your Cask

As well as ensuring that selling your whisky cask is a straightforward experience, because of our exclusive industry contacts we can offer a series of unique opportunities when you sell your cask with us.

  1. Keep 1-6 bottles of your cask, at cost
  2. Have just a portion of your cask bottled
  3. Get a custom cask head as a memento of your cask

Bottle up to 6 bottles at cost (plus duty, VAT and bottling fees (aprox. £10-£20 per bottle for a bespoke label design), which can be deducted from the final profit from your cask. If you would like to bottle more than 6 bottles we can also arrange part bottling of your cask. If you would like any bottles from your cask please let us know at the start of the process so we can let any potential buyer know.

Independent Caol Ila Whisky Cask Valuations

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.

All of our valuations are without obligation.  You can also call the Mark Littler direct on 01260 218718

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The History of the Caol Ila Distillery

The Caol Ila Distillery on the isle of Islay in Scotland has a long history dating back to 1846. With a name that is derived from the Gaelic words for Sound of Islay, this whisky distillery was originally established by Hector Henderson, however it did not go well for the owner, who sold it in 1854 to Norman Buchanan who owned the Isle of Jura Distillery.

The business changed hands once more in 1863 when Bulloch Lade & Co from Glasgow, who were whisky stocks traders took over. Duncan Johnston, the Distillery Manager at the time of the takeover was John Johnston of Lagavulin’s nephew as well as cousin to the Johnstons of Laphroaig, and this gave the family a huge monopoly over the island’s distilleries. By the late 1800s, more than 147,000 gallons of whisky were being produced every year.

When Bulloch Lade went into liquidation in 1920, the Caol Ila Distillery Company was founded by a consortium of businessmen, but in 1927 the controlling interest in Caol Ila was acquired by the Distillers Company and then Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd took ownership of the entirety of the shares in 1930.

The distillery was temporarily closed down during the Second World War from 1942 to 1945 due to restrictions on the barley supplies to distilleries, however once the war was over, production recommenced and ran until 1972 when the distillery’s entire structure was demolished. A bigger distillery was constructed, to designs drawn up by George Leslie Darge, copying the identical architectural style used on many of his other distilleries including glazed trademark curtain walls on the still houses.

Produced continued once more in 1974 and during the 1980s when the market took a downturn, the Caol Ila distillery turned to a Highland style unpeated whisky helping the distillery to remain open. 2011 saw another renovation taking place, with more washbacks and a new mash tun being installed to increase capacity. Eventually, Diageo took over the company and remains in ownership today.

The Caol Ila whisky is a light Islay with a peppery, floral and peaty flavour and a pale colour. It is not only sold as a single malt, it is also heavily used in blends like Black Bottle and Johnnie Walker. Caol Ila expressions have also won many awards over its history including its 12-year expression which received a silver medal, 3 gold medals and 2 double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Distillery Specific Pages

We can help sell casks from all distilleries, find out more about selling your specific cask of whisky on our specialised distillery pages.

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