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Sell Your Cask of Mortlach Whisky

Sell your Cask of Mortlach Whisky with Mark Littler

Mortlach Cask Values & Valuations 

Mortlach is Dufftown’s oldest distillery and their whisky has an excellent reputation for longevity in the cask.  As a result you can find very old casks of Mortlach that have both the prized high ABV and litres of alcohol.  One downside is that very few casks of Mortlach are in private hands.

The lack of private Mortlach casks may be the bane of the industry but will be your blessing.  As the supply of Mortlach casks is so low, demand is very high and prices (even for younger spirits) is much higher than other comparable distilleries.  

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

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

Mark Littler at the Glengoyne No.1 Warehouse
Mark Littler at the Glengoyne No.1 Warehouse

The process of selling a cask of Mortlach whisky through Mark Littler

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your cask of whisky is easy.

  1. Send us details about your cask to [email protected]
  2. We receive offers from our clients
  3. We submit the best offer for your consideration

It really is as simple as that.  No catches, no obligations.  We are here to help you get the best deal.

How to sell your cask of Mortlach whisky

Mortlach is Dufftown’s oldest distillery and their whisky has an excellent reputation for longevity in the cask.  As a result you can find very old casks of Mortlach that have both the prized high ABV and litres of alcohol.  One downside is that very few casks of Mortlach are in private hands.

The lack of private Mortlach casks may be the bane of the industry but will be your blessing.  As the supply of Mortlach casks is so low, demand is very high and prices (even for younger spirits) is much higher than other comparable distilleries.  

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

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

Mark Littler at the Glengoyne No.1 Warehouse
Mark Littler at the Glengoyne No.1 Warehouse

The process of selling a cask of whisky through Mark Littler

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your cask of whisky is easy.

  1. Send us details about your cask to [email protected]
  2. We receive offers from our clients
  3. We submit the best offer for your consideration

It really is as simple as that.  No catches, no obligations.  We are here to help you get the best deal.

What is my cask of Mortlach 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.

Cask Whisky Valuation Form

The History of the Mortlach Distillery

Although the name Mortlach comes from the name of a village, in fact by the time the distillery was built it had already been out of use for a number of years since Dufftown had been built in 1817.

The Mortlach Distillery originates from 1823 when it was established by James Findlater hot on the heels of the 1823 Excise Act. The distillery was built, as so many other early distilleries were, on the site of an illicit older distillery. As Dufftown’s first legal distillery, it was, in fact, Dufftown’s only distillery until the foundation of Glenfiddich many years later in 1887. In fact, the founder of Glenfiddich, William Grant, actually worked for the Mortlach Distillery for two decades before establishing his own premises.

During its early days, the distillery produced around 50 gallons each week, which were usually sold direct from the still in either nine or ten-gallon casks to local gentry. At the time, it was difficult to transport the whisky since there was a limited road infrastructure. Between 1823 and 1853, the Mortlach distillery changed hands several times, and even became a brewery briefly.

For a while, the distillery was even in the hands of the Glen Grant brothers who gutted the buildings to use the equipment in their Rothes distillery. However, their ownership was short-lived and George Cowie, an engineer, joined John Gordon in 1853 as the distillery’s co-owner. It was under his ownership that the distillery would go from strength to strength and whisky production would be recommenced, leading to Mortlach becoming one of the best blending malts.

By the time that Cowie became the distillery’s sole owner in 1867, it was a very successful operation, and just one year later it was supplying spirits overseas to as far afield as Australia, China, India and America. The distillery was taken over in 1896 by Cowie’s son who worked with Charles C Doig, a distillery architect, to expand the premises in 1897. Other improvements were made including the Strathspey Line which linked the railway to Dufftown and electric lighting which was introduced to the distillery in 1898.

The Mortlach distillery was purchased by John Walker & Sons in 1923 and they used a lot of the whisky produced in their own blends. Eventually, it passed into the hands of DCL and from there to Diageo who own the distillery today.