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.
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Independent Whisky Cask Valuations
Sell Your Cask of Mortlach 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 Mortlach 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 Mortlach 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 Mortlach Cask for the Best Price
We achieve market-beating prices for Mortlach 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 Mortlach Cask With Mark Littler Ltd.
The process for selling your Mortlach 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 MORTLACH CASK VALUATION
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Mortlach Cask Selling FAQ
Why choose Mark Littler to Sell Your Whisky Cask?
At Mark Littler Ltd we sell your Mortlach 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 Mortlach 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 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.