Sell Your Cask of Laphroaig Whisky
Sell Your Cask of Laphroaig Whisky with Mark Littler
Laphroaig Cask Values & Valuations
Laphroaig casks are quite numerous and many have been sold to the public over the years. It is another cult Islay distillery so prices and demand remain high, especially for older casks (over 18 years old).
It is not uncommon for casks of Laphroaig to have a caveat associated with the resale whereby the distillery cannot be mentioned by name. Casks with a caveat do not command the same price as casks that can be called Laphroaig, but there are workarounds. If a caveat is in place the spirit is often labelled “Williamson” after Bessie Williamson, the manager and ex-owner of the Laphroaig distillery (who was the first woman to manage a Scotch whisky distillery).
We specialise in the brokerage of Laphroaig casks and have buyers all over the world ready to put forward a no-obligation offer.
The most desirable Laphroaig casks are fresh fill sherry oak casks, however, refill sherry casks are also in demand. Bourbon casks (quite common at Laphroaig) do not command the same premium as sherry casks but can still sell well.
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Independent Whisky Cask Valuations
Sell Your Cask of Laphroaig 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 Laphroaig 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 Laphroaig 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.
We worked with the award-winning designer Tom Niklin to design our bespoke labels for our client’s bottles.
How to Sell Your Laphroaig Cask for the Best Price
We achieve market-beating prices for Laphroaig 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.
Sell Your Laphroaig Cask With Mark Littler Ltd.
The process for selling your Laphroaig cask with Mark Littler Ltd is straightforward, we can offer help and advice at every stage of the journey.
The Cask Selling Process
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.
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.
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.
QUICK LAPHROAIG CASK VALUATION
Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Laphroaig 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.
Laphroaig Cask Selling FAQ
Why choose Mark Littler to Sell Your Whisky Cask?
At Mark Littler Ltd we sell your Laphroaig 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 a significant transaction and can offer independent references on demand.
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.
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.
- Keep 1-6 bottles of your cask, at cost
- Have just a portion of your cask bottled
- 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 Laphroaig Whisky Cask Valuations
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All of our valuations are without obligation. You can also call the Mark Littler direct on 01260 218718
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.
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.