Sell Your Cask of Port Ellen Whisky

Sell Your Cask of Port Ellen Whisky with Mark Littler

Port Ellen Cask Values & Valuations

Port Ellen casks are arguably the most sought-after casks on the market. Whenever casks appear records seem to tumble as everyone tries to get hold of this elusive spirit. However, it may not be elusive for much longer…

In late 2017 Diageo announced that the Port Ellen distillery would be re-opened and new whisky would be produced ‘in carefully controlled quantities… replicating where possible the distillation regimes and spirit character of the original distilleries’. Some think that this will drive down prices for Port Ellen, but given that the new spirit has to age for a minimum of three years (and most likely 10 years +) we are not going to see any ‘new’ Port Ellen on the market for a while yet.

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

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

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Are you looking for a quick valuation on a 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.

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Sell Your Cask of Port Ellen 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 Port Ellen 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 Port Ellen 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.

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We worked with the award-winning designer Tom Niklin to design our bespoke labels for our client’s bottles.

How to Sell Your Port Ellen Cask for the Best Price

We achieve market-beating prices for Port Ellen 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.

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

Sell Your Port Ellen Cask With Mark Littler Ltd.

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

The Cask Selling Process

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Celia C.
17:49 21 May 21
Outstanding professional service. Having never sold a cask of whisky before, Mark took us through the whole process, found a buyer at an excellent price, and completed the sale with great care and professionalism. Excellent customer care and service. Highly recommend.
Helen G.
07:41 14 May 21
A very prompt and reliable service. Never thought selling a cask of whisky would be so easy. Any issues were speedily dealt with and Mark was always available to get in touch with. I would certainly recommend Mark's services.
Malcolm W.
23:44 14 Mar 21
Mark recently sold a 26 year old cask of Ardbeg for me. He was vey thorough and professional and achieved an excellent price. His thoroughness was very important to me as I have lived in Sydney, Australia for many years and I needed someone who I could trust with a high vale transaction from the other side of the world. Mark even took the time to personally collect some sample drawings from the distillery and ship to me. I heartily recommend Mark to anyone wishing to sell of buy a cask... particularly if they are not resident in the UK.read more
Ian G.
13:45 05 Feb 21
Our family inherited a hogshead of whisky which needed to be sold. Having no knowledge of this market the internet revealed Mark Littler who proved to be both knowledgeable and professional. The cask was tasted and sold within a matter of weeks under Mark's guidance which we greatly appreciate.
phill C.
20:19 19 Jan 21
I got in touch with Mark having read one of his articles online. I was thinking of investing in a cask and had an offer from a company that shall remain nameless. At this point I thought I should seek independent advice. Mark's professional and informative approach to my questions was excellent. He basically saved me from making a huge potential mistake investing with a company that were not throwing straight dice and trying to pitch sales based on false information. I may add that at this... point Mark was not pitching any sale to myself, merely offering good, genuine and free advice.I later had the opportunity to use Mark as a consultant to invest in my first Cask. I have found him to be very professional, knowledgeable, courteous and friendly.I feel lucky to have sounded out Mark as a broker and hope to be using him again in the future. I can not recommend him and his team highly enough for their help and time!read more
Pankaj K.
07:57 06 Jan 21
It was an absolute pleasure dealing with Mark. I was looking to buy a cask of whisky and spoke with numerous brokers. The response, transparency and authenticity from Mark was the one that I liked the most. I highly recommend visiting Mark's website and the process outlined by him to own a whisky cask is the most exhaustive and helps you understand the nuances of owning the cask. I highly recommend Mark and will surely be buying through him again.
Dean R.
15:16 29 Dec 20
Recently, I made enquiries with Mark about buying a whisky cask.He very promptly answered all my questions and gave me all the information I needed to make an informed decision.He was thoroughly professional and there was never any pressure to buy, just support and step-by-step instructions.I am very pleased with the outcome of my cask investment and I look forward to working with Mark again in the future.
Stephen F.
13:05 22 Dec 20
Mark was thoroughly professional and efficient in helping my family get a great deal in buying some whisky casks.We received a very friendly, quick and personable service with regular updates throughout the process.Highly recommended and greatly appreciated!
Neil C.
15:53 20 Dec 20
Mark did exactly what he promised to do and achieved a good price for the whiskey cask which he sold for us. We were kept informed of what was going on and the whole transaction was hassle free.
Nigel D.
09:28 20 Dec 20
Mark was true to his word when he advised how long the process would take with selling our Cask of Whisky and what we would expect to receive. He has been very attentive and continued to provide feedback during the sale process and he managed to achieve an exceptional price for us. Thank you Mark, we will be sure to come back to you when we sell our next cask.
Diana D.
14:58 21 Nov 20
Mark was an absolute pleasure to work with. Delighted to have discovered him during an internet search researching how best to sell two casks of 50 year old Scottish whiskey. He is professional, knowledgeable and quickly responded to my endless questions. It was a smooth transaction and am very pleased with the price he was able to secure. Highly recommend!
David C.
16:42 06 Oct 20
Have several casks of high end whisky, I decided to sell one of my investments. An internet search revealed Mark Littler. Only person to respond to my email. Mark sold my first cask in weeks. New exactly what he was talking about and doing . The price was at the very high end of his valuation. He did all the work, I just signed the sales document. as easy as that. Money transferred into my account, and you are talking thousands too. Much appreciated, will now sell another cask as the time is... right.read more
Iona T.
07:14 16 Sep 20
Mark provided us with an excellent service for the sale of a cask of Springbank Whisky. He provides a professional, friendly and responsive service, guiding you every step of the way. My mother was delighted with the result. I recommend his end to end service. Thank-you!
Mike M.
08:18 15 Jul 20
Great experience from the very friendly and knowledgeable Mark who was able to help me buy a cask, and made the process seamless even during the lock down! Five star experience.
Ian B.
15:45 03 Jul 20
Mark recently helped to successfully sell my cask of Macallan single malt whisky.From our initial discussion I was impressed with the depth of his knowledge and his professional approach. Mark guided me through each step of the process, providing reasons and insights to ensure I made the correct decisions. His estimate of the value of the cask was spot on.I would have no hesitation in using his professional services again.
Steve P.
19:37 26 Mar 20
Just over 10 years ago I visited the Bruichladdich distillery and bought a newly filled fresh bourbon barrel. Having allowed it to mature I needed to decide what to do with it. Bruichladdich made an unattractive offer to buy it back.I became aware of Mark Littler, from a Google search. I contacted him based on the many positive reviews. After talking to him and learning of his experience of selling casks I commissioned him to sell my cask.Dealing with Mark has been a pleasure, he has guided... me through the process and I have received over 3 times the offer from Bruichladdich.I have found Mark to be realistic and helpful and I recommend his services.read more
James G.
10:36 26 Mar 20
Mark was excellent from start to finish in dealing with our whiskey cask sale. I highly recommend his services and wouldn’t hesitate to use him again. 5 Star!
Jacky S.
16:56 09 Mar 20
Mark sold two casks of whisky for me. He got a very good price for them and kept me informed through the rather slow process (which he had warned me about). Very pleased with the service.
John P.
00:22 30 Jan 20
I sold my Bruichladdich hogshead cask through Mark and can highly recommend his services. Immediate follow-up and a very clear outlined agreement while Mark managed to get a good price for the cask in a fairly short time period. I’m very pleased and would not hesitate to utilize his services again in the future.
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
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Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Port Ellen 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.

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Why choose Mark Littler to Sell Your Whisky Cask?

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Trusted Brokers

At Mark Littler Ltd we sell your Port Ellen 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.

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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.

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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.

  1. Keep 1-6 bottles of your cask, at cost
  2. Have just a portion of your cask bottled
  3. 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 Port Ellen 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

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The History of the Port Ellen Distillery

Having been first opened in 1824, the Port Ellen Distillery was one of the later distilleries to open on the south coast of Islay. Constructed by Alexander Mackay, this Port Ellen site was built on an old malt mill which may have already been supplying the Oa Peninsula’s many illicit distilleries. Unfortunately, Mackay struggled in his venture, and so in 1836 the Port Ellen distillery’s lease was taken over from John Ramsay, a 21-year-old who had an uncle who was a distiller in Clackmannanshire.

Ramsay did not only establish the distillery, he also became business partners with the owner of Islay, Walter Frederick Campbell. The pair started up a bi-weekly steamer which plied the waters between Glasgow and the island and helped to cement the whisky industry’s success on Islay. It was also this development that made Port Ellen the main ferry terminal of the island instead of Bowmore.

The Ramsay family kept control of the distillery until 1920 when the Port Ellen Distillery Company, a newly formed organisation purchased it. This company had been started up by James Buchanan and John Dewar. It then merged with DCL five years later, and Port Ellen’s ownership fell into the hands of this giant of the whisky production industry. In 1930, it closed its doors for business and it was not until 1967 that it finally reopened once more – a fact that is often forgotten by fans of this brand.

The traditional distillery buildings found themselves dwarfed by the erection of brand new drum maltings in 1972 which were constructed alongside to supply the malt for the DCL’s 3 Islay Plants – Port Ellen, Lagavulin and Caol Ila. However, during the 1980s the excess whisky loch had a severe impact on Islay. Single malt had fallen out of favour and fewer major distillers were producing it.

Blenders required just a tiny amount of smoky malt for their products and this meant that many of Islay’s distilleries shut up shop. DCL, with its 3 distilleries, was much more exposed to the financial problems of this era and in 1983, it closed the doors of its Port Ellen operation for good. Now its stocks are starting to dwindle, and this has led to its prices rising.

Yet in 2017, plans were touted to reopen the Port Ellen distillery and, assuming planning permission is granted, its site is expected to come into operation once again by 2020.

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.

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