Sell Your Cask of Macallan Whisky

 

Mark Littler LTD specialises in the valuation, sale and brokerage of Macallan casks of whisky.

We consistently achieve prices well over those offered by other brokers and distilleries.

Sell Your Cask of Macallan Whisky with Mark Littler

Macallan Cask Values & Valuations

Macallan began focusing on the production and sale of single malt whisky in the early 1980’s. Prior to this most of their output had been sold for use in blends, something most people find hard to believe in this day.

Macallan casks are by far the most sought-after single malt whisky casks on the market. Figures in excess of £100,000 per cask are now common for Macallan, with all of the demand coming from Asia.

In reality, the prices being paid for Macallan casks are way in excess of their value on the UK market. We specialise in the sale of Macallan casks and have buyers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, China and the Middle East.

Mark Littler at the Glengoyne N0.1 Warehouse
Mark Littler at the Glengoyne N0.1 Warehouse

Most casks were released to the public from Macallan in the early 1990’s, some for less than £1,000. Their casks were still expensive compared to others on the market, but their strict use of the very best sherry casks and excellent cask management has proven to be worth the investment in the long term.

The most desirable Macallan casks are fresh fill sherry oak casks, however, refill sherry casks are also in demand and can still sell for £100,000+. Bourbon casks (not as common at Macallan) do not command the same premium as sherry casks as they are not sought after by the Asian market

QUICK CASK VALUATION

Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Macallan 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

What is a Cask of Macallan Worth?

Asking what a cask of Macallan is worth is like asking what a ‘house in London is worth’.  There are a LOT of variables, but if we use a lot of assumptions it is fair to say that a cask of Macallan can be worth anything from £1,250 per litre of pure alcohol to more than £4,000 a litre of pure alcohol.

At the lower end of the scale, around the £1,250 a litre mark, these are casks that have either:

  • A low ABV, at or around the 40% mark (this then becomes a bit of a risk for a buyer as the cask isn’t technically whisky if it drops below 40% before they can bottle it)
  • The cask is an ex-bourbon or refill sherry cask that isn’t very active. Macallan is famous for its strong sherry flavours, so a bourbon barrel or inactive sherry cask will lower the price per litre

At the upper end of the price range at the £2,000 to +£4,000 per litre these casks are:

  • Very active first fill sherry casks that have imparted a big colour and flavour to the whisky
  • Healthy casks with a high ABV
  • Casks that are more than 25–30 years old
  • Sherry puncheons and butts are highly sought after and command a huge premium

How to Sell Your Cask of Macallan for the Best Price

We achieve market beating prices by finding you the perfect end user for your cask.  We work our networks in Europe, the USA, 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 likley 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 Asisa where any form of The Macallan 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 Macallan is now seen as a status symbol the ultra weathly see casks of Macallan as the ultimate status symbol.

Mark-Littler-Whisky-Broker-Square SMALL

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

We provide you access to this market and with it can ensure you get the best possible price for your cask of Macallan.  

We work on a commission basis and charge 10% (inlcuding VAT) of the final sale price on the successful completion of the sale.  We handle all of the administration and paperwork too, making the whole process simple and hassle free.

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

Sell Your Cask of Macallan With Mark Littler Ltd.

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

The Cask Selling Process

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

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

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

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

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

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.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

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.

Dave M.
19:54 20 Jan 20
I recently sold a 25 year old cask of Scottish whisky through Mark. The market is not easy to tap into but Mark has good connections and got me an excellent price. He made the process very simple and completed all the necessary paperwork for me. Highly recommended!
Diana M.
16:12 02 Dec 19
I had a cask of 10 year old Bruichladdich to sell. Googled potential buyers. Some traders didn’t bother to reply, even though I had sent full details. Mark was brilliant from the word go ... very professional and kept me well informed of progress. I ended up with over 50% more from him than my next best offer! Payment was very prompt.I would highly recommend Mark. Don’t waste time with the others ... they will just cause exasperation!!Thanks Mark . Pleasure doing business with you !
Brian L.
09:12 26 Sep 19
Mark was very helpful explaining me details about buying and owning a cask of whiskey - I will give him my best recommendations
R S.
12:17 02 Sep 19
Excellent services and communication! We are a group of Nordic guys, completely amateurs in the whisky market, who ended up with a cask 20 years ago when we were still quite young, without any plan about how to handle this. We were lucky to find someone like Mark, who got us a decent price and guided us through the process when we wanted to sell it. Payment and everything went smoothly overseas.
Laura F.
13:53 23 Jul 19
Really pleased that I chose Mark to broker and manage the sale of my two Bruichladdich casks. He was extremely professional, very pleasant to deal with and I was very satisfied with the price he managed to obtain for both my casks. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his service.
Thasoula C.
12:40 12 Jul 19
Mark Littler provided what we can only describe as an outstanding service in relation to the sale of some family casks of whisky. The whole process was conducted professionally and we were kept well- informed at every stage. We thoroughly and unhesitatingly recommend anyone considering the use of an independent broker to go to Mark's firm. Thank you, Mark.Jonathan and Thasoula Campbell
Lorraine F.
11:42 11 Jul 19
Mark provided an outstanding 5 star service in the sale of our whisky casks. He gave professional & knowledgable advice & we could not be happier with the outcome. He made the often administratively tricky process of whisky cask sales seamless for us & the whole transaction was extremely efficient. Communication was excellent from start to finish & we would have no hesitation in highly recommending the service Mark offers. Do not hesitate; we will actively be seeking to use his services again!... Lorraine Flockhartread more
epi 2.
10:10 10 Jul 19
Contacted to sell cask of whisky. I could not have asked for better service, communication or completion of the process. Expectations and explanations were handled well, and everything went smoothly right up to and including the final payment for selling of the cask. If you have whisky to sell, I would make Mark Littler your first choice to handle things for you.
Adrian T.
07:51 14 Jun 19
Having decided to sell our cask of Bruicladdich (which was held at the distillery), but with no idea how to do it, we approached Mark. He informed us of the process, both by email and over the ‘phone and then found a buyer prepared to offer significantly more than the distillery buy-back offer. Mark then arranged transfer of ownership and once that was completed we were promptly paid. Thank you Mark, we couldn’t have done this without you and we were pleased to find that you lived up to you... many excellent reviews! D. Lee, A. Payne and A.Thompsonread more
rupert C.
09:20 10 Jun 19
Very easy service for the sale of a cask of whisky - Mark dealt with the transfer really impressively. Great service, many thanks
John B.
06:34 01 Jun 19
Would recommend Mark to everyone, for all the professional advise, help and expertise in relation to the sale of my casks of whisky
sophie S.
14:02 23 May 19
Mark is very professional and helpful all the way through the process of selling a cask. I really recommend Mark!
Anita W.
12:20 06 May 19
In the sale of our whisky casks Mark has been exemplaryHis honest advice and clear communication at every stage eased our path through the whole transaction. This, with the outstanding price he achieved for us, was more than impressive.We commend him highly to anyone with good whisky to sell.Thank you MarkEddie & AnitaYorkshire
Ian F.
23:01 29 Mar 19
Remarkable man. Remarkable service. The daunting prospect of how best to sell our cask of Macallan instead became a pleasure. Every aspect of the transaction was handled painlessly! Thank you Mark.
Angus M.
10:40 18 Aug 18
We recently decided to sell several casks of whisky that were left as an inheritance. Looking around online for alternatives we contacted Mark to see if a better price could be obtained than was offered by the distillery. Mark obtained a far better deal with a third party and very patiently and professionally guided us through the sales process, answering all our queries and concerns. Highly recommended.
Jerome D.
01:20 11 Aug 18
It is our very great pleasure to endorse Mr. Mark Littler. We were joint owners of a hogshead cask of Ben Nevis Single Malt whisky which Mr. Littler sold on our behalf. As Australians with very little knowledge of the complexities of selling such a product we found Mark to be knowledgeable, approachable and thorough in his dealings with ourselves, the distillery and the buyer. His personal touch was refreshing and his honesty and integrity, impeccable. He accomplished exactly what he said he... would, explaining at all times what, how and why he did it. In addition, his more than competitive fee of 10% was well justified by the excellent return he was able to achieve, in a domain that would have been totally beyond us.If there are any Australians looking for someone to sell assets such as this, feel free to ask Mark for our contact details and we will gladly speak with you about our experience.Mr J. A. P. Deakin and Dr W. E. Milesread more
Christopher H.
11:12 10 Aug 18
I approached Mark with some trepidation about the sale of a cask of whisky having no idea how to sell it. Mark is eminently knowledgeable about the resale process and before long had secured a very good offer. I was very impressed with the way Mark communicated during the process, he kept me up to date with regular calls and dealt with all the legal aspects of the sale. Well worth a five star rating and I would not hesitate to use Mark's services again.
Roger M.
14:03 08 Aug 18
An extremely helpful & professional service. Mark was always ready with advice on procedures, most of which were a totally new experience for meMy whiskey cask sale was effectively prossessed and I had every confidence that matters were dealt with efficiently. Selling my cask was a completely new experience and without Mark’s help I do not think I could have managed such a satisfying outcome. If I ever have to repeat the process I would happily engage his services again
Tim J.
10:42 24 Apr 18
From my initial contact with Mark the whole experience of selling my cask of 1989 Macallan Whisky has been a breeze. Mark was very helpful, exceedingly dedicated and totally professional at all times.It was an excellent service provided at a very reasonable cost. Mark obtained a fantastic six-figure sum for my cask which I am completely over the moon with.I would not hesitate to recommend his services to others.
Ivan A.
11:01 11 Jan 18
I have just sold a large cask of Arran whisky I purchased in 1996 after finding Mark's website and comparing his service to other brokers.I could not be happier with the sale price, it was substantial and approx two thousand more than the next best offer. Mark is very helpful and has excellent communication skills. The sale went very smoothly and promptly.I would not hesitate to use his services again and recommend him to any other sellers of high value casks.
James H.
10:34 01 Aug 17
Mark sold a cask of whisky which I had inherited and did not know what to do with. The offer I got through Mark was much higher than the distillery had offered me and the whole process was simple and best of all, profitable! He explained all of the steps I needed to take in a straightforward manner and no question was too small for him to answer. Well recommended.
Next Reviews

QUICK CASK VALUATION

Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Macallan 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

Cask Selling FAQ

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The History of Macallan Distillery

Macallan is one of Speyside’s original farm distilleries, producing a well-known high-quality whisky with a name that is synonymous with single malt.

The history of this distillery begins back in 1824, when Alexander Reid obtained a new licence which had been issued following the 1823 Excise Act. James Stuart took over the lease in 1868, rebuilding the plant and then in 1892, he sold the distillery to Roderick Kemp, a giant in the world of Victorian distilling. Kemp had once owned the Talisker distillery, and his ancestors continued to own that brand until it was taken over in 1996 by Highland Distillers.

The Macallan plant has expanded continually over the generations. Once a wooden shed featuring just two stills, in 1954 it was increased to have five stills (three spirit and two wash), and then in 1965 a brand new stillhouse was added, with another seven stills. The expansion process continued during the 1970s, and by 1975, there were 21 stills altogether.

Although Macallan has always been linked to single malt whiskies, it has long been one of the most important malts for blending, and it wasn’t actually until the 1980s that the distillery turned its focus towards single malts, which were relatively new to the market at that time. Willie Phillips, Hugh Mitcalfe, Frank Newlands and Alan Shiach, the distillery’s management team oversaw a marketing campaign to position Mcallan as the “Cognac of Whisky” through an irreverent and bohemian approach to promotion and advertising.

Under the governance of Edrington, Macallan became the very first distillery to make bespoke casks by choosing specific trees from Spain and America, then choosing the nature and length of the drying period, the kind of coopering, the liquid which would be used for the seasoning process and the length which that process would take. This has led to a massive warehouse complex being created on the Macallan estate.

In more recent times, there has been an even greater emphasis placed on the luxury market, and bottlings of 60 and 50-year-old whiskies in Lalique decanters, the brand’s Masters of Photography series and their Fine & Rare vintage range have taken the forefront of Macallan’s offerings. In 2004, the Fine Oak range was launched with its sweeter and lighter profile to draw in a new generation of drinkers.

Most notably in recent years, Macallan has launched their 1824 range in 2013, and commissioned the building of a new distillery in a subterranean facility in 2018. Once it has been fully tested, production will be moved from its existing site to this state of the art structure.

What is my cask of Macallan worth?

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

There is more information about each section below the form.

Whisky Cask Valuation Form

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Mark Littler LTD specialises in the valuation, sale and brokerage of Macallan casks of whisky.

We consistently achieve prices well over those offered by other brokers and distilleries.

Sell Your Cask of Macallan Whisky with Mark Littler

Macallan Cask Values & Valuations

Macallan began focusing on the production and sale of single malt whisky in the early 1980’s. Prior to this most of their output had been sold for use in blends, something most people find hard to believe in this day.

Macallan casks are by far the most sought-after single malt whisky casks on the market. Figures in excess of £100,000 per cask are now common for Macallan, with all of the demand coming from Asia.

In reality, the prices being paid for Macallan casks are way in excess of their value on the UK market. We specialise in the sale of Macallan casks and have buyers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, China and the Middle East.

Mark Littler at the Glengoyne N0.1 Warehouse
Mark Littler at the Glengoyne N0.1 Warehouse

Most casks were released to the public from Macallan in the early 1990’s, some for less than £1,000. Their casks were still expensive compared to others on the market, but their strict use of the very best sherry casks and excellent cask management has proven to be worth the investment in the long term.

The most desirable Macallan casks are fresh fill sherry oak casks, however, refill sherry casks are also in demand and can still sell for £100,000+. Bourbon casks (not as common at Macallan) do not command the same premium as sherry casks as they are not sought after by the Asian market

QUICK CASK VALUATION

Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Macallan 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

What is a Cask of Macallan Worth?

Asking what a cask of Macallan is worth is like asking what a ‘house in London is worth’.  There are a LOT of variables, but if we use a lot of assumptions it is fair to say that a cask of Macallan can be worth anything from £1,250 per litre of pure alcohol to more than £4,000 a litre of pure alcohol.

At the lower end of the scale, around the £1,250 a litre mark, these are casks that have either:

  • A low ABV, at or around the 40% mark (this then becomes a bit of a risk for a buyer as the cask isn’t technically whisky if it drops below 40% before they can bottle it)
  • The cask is an ex-bourbon or refill sherry cask that isn’t very active. Macallan is famous for its strong sherry flavours, so a bourbon barrel or inactive sherry cask will lower the price per litre

At the upper end of the price range at the £2,000 to +£4,000 per litre these casks are:

  • Very active first fill sherry casks that have imparted a big colour and flavour to the whisky
  • Healthy casks with a high ABV
  • Casks that are more than 25–30 years old
  • Sherry puncheons and butts are highly sought after and command a huge premium

How to Sell Your Cask of Macallan for the Best Price

We achieve market beating prices by finding you the perfect end user for your cask.  We work our networks in Europe, the USA, 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 likley 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 Asisa where any form of The Macallan 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 Macallan is now seen as a status symbol the ultra weathly see casks of Macallan as the ultimate status symbol.

Mark-Littler-Whisky-Broker-Square SMALL

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

We provide you access to this market and with it can ensure you get the best possible price for your cask of Macallan.  

We work on a commission basis and charge 10% (inlcuding VAT) of the final sale price on the successful completion of the sale.  We handle all of the administration and paperwork too, making the whole process simple and hassle free.

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

Sell Your Cask of Macallan With Mark Littler Ltd.

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

The Cask Selling Process

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

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

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

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

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

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.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

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.

Dave M.
19:54 20 Jan 20
I recently sold a 25 year old cask of Scottish whisky through Mark. The market is not easy to tap into but Mark has good connections and got me an excellent price. He made the process very simple and completed all the necessary paperwork for me. Highly recommended!
Diana M.
16:12 02 Dec 19
I had a cask of 10 year old Bruichladdich to sell. Googled potential buyers. Some traders didn’t bother to reply, even though I had sent full details. Mark was brilliant from the word go ... very professional and kept me well informed of progress. I ended up with over 50% more from him than my next best offer! Payment was very prompt.I would highly recommend Mark. Don’t waste time with the others ... they will just cause exasperation!!Thanks Mark . Pleasure doing business with you !
Brian L.
09:12 26 Sep 19
Mark was very helpful explaining me details about buying and owning a cask of whiskey - I will give him my best recommendations
R S.
12:17 02 Sep 19
Excellent services and communication! We are a group of Nordic guys, completely amateurs in the whisky market, who ended up with a cask 20 years ago when we were still quite young, without any plan about how to handle this. We were lucky to find someone like Mark, who got us a decent price and guided us through the process when we wanted to sell it. Payment and everything went smoothly overseas.
Laura F.
13:53 23 Jul 19
Really pleased that I chose Mark to broker and manage the sale of my two Bruichladdich casks. He was extremely professional, very pleasant to deal with and I was very satisfied with the price he managed to obtain for both my casks. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his service.
Thasoula C.
12:40 12 Jul 19
Mark Littler provided what we can only describe as an outstanding service in relation to the sale of some family casks of whisky. The whole process was conducted professionally and we were kept well- informed at every stage. We thoroughly and unhesitatingly recommend anyone considering the use of an independent broker to go to Mark's firm. Thank you, Mark.Jonathan and Thasoula Campbell
Lorraine F.
11:42 11 Jul 19
Mark provided an outstanding 5 star service in the sale of our whisky casks. He gave professional & knowledgable advice & we could not be happier with the outcome. He made the often administratively tricky process of whisky cask sales seamless for us & the whole transaction was extremely efficient. Communication was excellent from start to finish & we would have no hesitation in highly recommending the service Mark offers. Do not hesitate; we will actively be seeking to use his services again!... Lorraine Flockhartread more
epi 2.
10:10 10 Jul 19
Contacted to sell cask of whisky. I could not have asked for better service, communication or completion of the process. Expectations and explanations were handled well, and everything went smoothly right up to and including the final payment for selling of the cask. If you have whisky to sell, I would make Mark Littler your first choice to handle things for you.
Adrian T.
07:51 14 Jun 19
Having decided to sell our cask of Bruicladdich (which was held at the distillery), but with no idea how to do it, we approached Mark. He informed us of the process, both by email and over the ‘phone and then found a buyer prepared to offer significantly more than the distillery buy-back offer. Mark then arranged transfer of ownership and once that was completed we were promptly paid. Thank you Mark, we couldn’t have done this without you and we were pleased to find that you lived up to you... many excellent reviews! D. Lee, A. Payne and A.Thompsonread more
rupert C.
09:20 10 Jun 19
Very easy service for the sale of a cask of whisky - Mark dealt with the transfer really impressively. Great service, many thanks
John B.
06:34 01 Jun 19
Would recommend Mark to everyone, for all the professional advise, help and expertise in relation to the sale of my casks of whisky
sophie S.
14:02 23 May 19
Mark is very professional and helpful all the way through the process of selling a cask. I really recommend Mark!
Anita W.
12:20 06 May 19
In the sale of our whisky casks Mark has been exemplaryHis honest advice and clear communication at every stage eased our path through the whole transaction. This, with the outstanding price he achieved for us, was more than impressive.We commend him highly to anyone with good whisky to sell.Thank you MarkEddie & AnitaYorkshire
Ian F.
23:01 29 Mar 19
Remarkable man. Remarkable service. The daunting prospect of how best to sell our cask of Macallan instead became a pleasure. Every aspect of the transaction was handled painlessly! Thank you Mark.
Angus M.
10:40 18 Aug 18
We recently decided to sell several casks of whisky that were left as an inheritance. Looking around online for alternatives we contacted Mark to see if a better price could be obtained than was offered by the distillery. Mark obtained a far better deal with a third party and very patiently and professionally guided us through the sales process, answering all our queries and concerns. Highly recommended.
Jerome D.
01:20 11 Aug 18
It is our very great pleasure to endorse Mr. Mark Littler. We were joint owners of a hogshead cask of Ben Nevis Single Malt whisky which Mr. Littler sold on our behalf. As Australians with very little knowledge of the complexities of selling such a product we found Mark to be knowledgeable, approachable and thorough in his dealings with ourselves, the distillery and the buyer. His personal touch was refreshing and his honesty and integrity, impeccable. He accomplished exactly what he said he... would, explaining at all times what, how and why he did it. In addition, his more than competitive fee of 10% was well justified by the excellent return he was able to achieve, in a domain that would have been totally beyond us.If there are any Australians looking for someone to sell assets such as this, feel free to ask Mark for our contact details and we will gladly speak with you about our experience.Mr J. A. P. Deakin and Dr W. E. Milesread more
Christopher H.
11:12 10 Aug 18
I approached Mark with some trepidation about the sale of a cask of whisky having no idea how to sell it. Mark is eminently knowledgeable about the resale process and before long had secured a very good offer. I was very impressed with the way Mark communicated during the process, he kept me up to date with regular calls and dealt with all the legal aspects of the sale. Well worth a five star rating and I would not hesitate to use Mark's services again.
Roger M.
14:03 08 Aug 18
An extremely helpful & professional service. Mark was always ready with advice on procedures, most of which were a totally new experience for meMy whiskey cask sale was effectively prossessed and I had every confidence that matters were dealt with efficiently. Selling my cask was a completely new experience and without Mark’s help I do not think I could have managed such a satisfying outcome. If I ever have to repeat the process I would happily engage his services again
Tim J.
10:42 24 Apr 18
From my initial contact with Mark the whole experience of selling my cask of 1989 Macallan Whisky has been a breeze. Mark was very helpful, exceedingly dedicated and totally professional at all times.It was an excellent service provided at a very reasonable cost. Mark obtained a fantastic six-figure sum for my cask which I am completely over the moon with.I would not hesitate to recommend his services to others.
Ivan A.
11:01 11 Jan 18
I have just sold a large cask of Arran whisky I purchased in 1996 after finding Mark's website and comparing his service to other brokers.I could not be happier with the sale price, it was substantial and approx two thousand more than the next best offer. Mark is very helpful and has excellent communication skills. The sale went very smoothly and promptly.I would not hesitate to use his services again and recommend him to any other sellers of high value casks.
James H.
10:34 01 Aug 17
Mark sold a cask of whisky which I had inherited and did not know what to do with. The offer I got through Mark was much higher than the distillery had offered me and the whole process was simple and best of all, profitable! He explained all of the steps I needed to take in a straightforward manner and no question was too small for him to answer. Well recommended.
Next Reviews

QUICK CASK VALUATION

Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Macallan 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

Cask Selling FAQ

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The-Macallan-Distillery

The History of Macallan Distillery

Macallan is one of Speyside’s original farm distilleries, producing a well-known high-quality whisky with a name that is synonymous with single malt.

The history of this distillery begins back in 1824, when Alexander Reid obtained a new licence which had been issued following the 1823 Excise Act. James Stuart took over the lease in 1868, rebuilding the plant and then in 1892, he sold the distillery to Roderick Kemp, a giant in the world of Victorian distilling. Kemp had once owned the Talisker distillery, and his ancestors continued to own that brand until it was taken over in 1996 by Highland Distillers.

The Macallan plant has expanded continually over the generations. Once a wooden shed featuring just two stills, in 1954 it was increased to have five stills (three spirit and two wash), and then in 1965 a brand new stillhouse was added, with another seven stills. The expansion process continued during the 1970s, and by 1975, there were 21 stills altogether.

Although Macallan has always been linked to single malt whiskies, it has long been one of the most important malts for blending, and it wasn’t actually until the 1980s that the distillery turned its focus towards single malts, which were relatively new to the market at that time. Willie Phillips, Hugh Mitcalfe, Frank Newlands and Alan Shiach, the distillery’s management team oversaw a marketing campaign to position Mcallan as the “Cognac of Whisky” through an irreverent and bohemian approach to promotion and advertising.

Under the governance of Edrington, Macallan became the very first distillery to make bespoke casks by choosing specific trees from Spain and America, then choosing the nature and length of the drying period, the kind of coopering, the liquid which would be used for the seasoning process and the length which that process would take. This has led to a massive warehouse complex being created on the Macallan estate.

In more recent times, there has been an even greater emphasis placed on the luxury market, and bottlings of 60 and 50-year-old whiskies in Lalique decanters, the brand’s Masters of Photography series and their Fine & Rare vintage range have taken the forefront of Macallan’s offerings. In 2004, the Fine Oak range was launched with its sweeter and lighter profile to draw in a new generation of drinkers.

Most notably in recent years, Macallan has launched their 1824 range in 2013, and commissioned the building of a new distillery in a subterranean facility in 2018. Once it has been fully tested, production will be moved from its existing site to this state of the art structure.

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