Sell Your Cask of Octomore Whisky

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

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

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.

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

The Process of Selling Your Cask of Octomore Whisky with Mark Littler

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

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Send details about your cask to [email protected] or use the form below

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We work our network of international customers and collate their best offers.

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We submit the best offer for your consideration, without obligation, and issue you with a contract if you wish to proceed.

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We then manage all the paperwork and guide you through the transfer process.

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

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

Sell Your Cask of Octomore Whisky with Mark Littler

How to Sell a Cask of Octomore Whisky

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.

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

The Process of Selling a Cask of Octomore Whisky with Mark Littler

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

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send details about your cask to [email protected] or use the form below

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We work our network of international customers and collate their best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

We submit the best offer for your consideration, without obligation, and issue you with a contract if you wish to proceed.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We then manage all the paperwork and guide you through the transfer process.

What is my cask of Octomore 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

What is my cask of Octomore 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

Testimonials

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.

Macallan

“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.”

Tim Johnson 

“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.”

James Harwood

Ben Nevis
Macallan

“Mark sold a barrel of Springbank for me – he is very attentive, always responds quickly, and kept me informed throughout the process, and achieved a very pleasing sale price. S

Selling a barrel is quite slow and administratively fiddly, so having someone like Mark who knows the process is useful, not just to find a willing buyer but to nurse the transaction along as well.”

Neil Holden

“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.”

Christopher Hine

Springbank 1992

Testimonials

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.

Macallan

“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.”

Tim Johnson

Ben Nevis

“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.”

James Harwood

Macallan

“Mark sold a barrel of Springbank for me – he is very attentive, always responds quickly, and kept me informed throughout the process, and achieved a very pleasing sale price.

Selling a barrel is quite slow and administratively fiddly, so having someone like Mark who knows the process is useful, not just to find a willing buyer but to nurse the transaction along as well.”

Neil Holden

Springbank 1992

“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.”

Christopher Hine

Cask Selling FAQ

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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.