Sell Your Cask of Octomore Whisky
Sell Your Cask of Octomore Whisky with Mark Littler
Octomore Cask Values & Valuations
The recent incarnation of Octomore was created by Jim McEwan in reply to critics dismissal of Bruichladdich’s lack of peat. His creation has the accolade as being the worlds most peated whisky and has a huge cult following.
There are good numbers of Octomore on the market and prices are high, especially when compared to other comparable spirits of a similar age. Even the five-year-old release of Octomore received widespread praise so it is not a spirit that needs significant cask age to show good returns on investment.
We specialise in the brokerage of Octomore casks and have buyers all over the world ready to put forward a no-obligation offer.
The most desirable Octomore casks are fresh fill sherry oak casks, however, refill sherry casks are also in demand. Bourbon casks (quite common at Octomore) do not command the same premium as sherry casks but can still sell well.
QUICK OCTOMORE CASK VALUATION
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Independent Whisky Cask Valuations
Sell Your Cask of Octomore 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 Octomore 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 Octomore 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 Octomore Cask for the Best Price
We achieve market-beating prices for Octomore 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 Octomore Cask With Mark Littler Ltd.
The process for selling your Octomore 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 OCTOMORE CASK VALUATION
Are you looking for a quick valuation on an Octomore 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.
Octomore Cask Selling FAQ
Why choose Mark Littler to Sell Your Whisky Cask?
At Mark Littler Ltd we sell your Octomore 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 Octomore 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
The History of the Octomore Distillery
The Octomore distillery was founded in 1816 when George Montgomery constructed his own small distillery with John MacVorran on Octomore Farm and began running it with his father John. Unfortunately, the story of the distillery’s early history is a tragic one, involving sibling rivalry, death and hunger.
The small-scale original distillery probably only had one still and a capacity of just 270 litres, just sufficient for the amount of barley which was able to be grown on the Octomore tenancies. Despite its slow beginnings, around 5 hogsheads were being produced by 1826-27. Yet success was shortlived as John Montgomery died in around 1830 and passed on the distillery to his son George. In 1833, he too died and his son Donald inherited. Unfortunately, the boy was only 12 and this led to family arguments about ownership.
It was George’s brother William who claimed the farm’s tenancy and the distillery itself, however since the business had been in George’s name, Donald should have inherited. This led to matters getting out of hand. There were many misunderstandings about running the business and in 1839 and again in 1840 arbitration was being sought.
It is apparent that there was no satisfactory resolution to the adjudication and stalemate ensued leading to the distillery being closed down in 1840. Donald married in 1841 and emigrated to Canada but back in Octomore the population continued to rise, exploding from 5000 people in 1800 up to 15600. This led to even more problems for the distillery.
The rapid population growth in the area meant that there was not enough suitable farming land to go around and when Sir Walter Campbell, the island’s landlord went bankrupt due to the potato famine in 1949 the island went into administration for 4 years.
Charles Morrison eventually purchased the island at a discounted price and interest in the derelict Octomore distillery resurfaced, but despite the fact that the aging William Montgomery who owned the ruined distillery was starving and destitute, he still refused to give up his tenancy claiming he was owed compensation.
Bizarrely, however, in one final twist, when the Octomore lease was examined it appeared that the distillery’s construction had been built illegally in the first place and Morrison paid off Montgomery, taking over the distillery himself. Barley began to be grown in the old Montgomery fields again and today Octomore’s name is on some of the most heavily peated whisky in existence.
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.